Will of Joseph Lassiter - 1803
Contributed by Charles R. Hailey
May 31, 2002

This document was transcribed as close to accurate as possible from a copy of the handwritten original. Words and phrases that I could not decipher will be indicated by [?]. I have added paragraph breaks for ease in reading. Charles

In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Lassiter of the County of Richmond and State of North Carolina being 
weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and 
publish this my last will and testament in manner form following (that is to say first)

I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Lassiter all my lands and my part of the fishery at Lake Shoals on 
Pee Dee. Also one half of a stall belonging to myself and Josiah Lane together with one yearling colt.

I also give and bequeath to my son John Lassiter five dollars in money.

I also give to my son in law John Healey ten dollars more.

I also give to my son in law Josiah Lane ten dollars.

I also give to my son in law Mathew Woodard one cow and calf also [ten?] dollars more in money.

It is my desire that my beloved wife Mary Lassiter should live on the above premises bequeathed to my son 
Joseph Lassiter and that she shall have in possession [this dog Moses?], all the stock of cattle (except 
the cow & calf bequeathed to my son in law Matt Woodard} together with the stock of hogs working tools 
household and kitchen furniture of every description whatever and enjoy the same unmolested during her 
natural life - she is also to have during her natural life an equal part with my son Joseph Lassiter in 
the fishery above mentioned. 

After the death of my beloved wife Mary Lassiter it is my wish that the stock on hand of every kind, working 
tools and household furniture of every description should be equally divided between my three youngest 
children Viz Joseph Tolby and Christian. should my estate [Anely?] to become inthrolled, I desire that the 
bay mare should be sold to the best advantage and the money arising therefrom be put to the use of paying 
off my debts. 

Should my son Joseph get married and become desirous to settle himself on the land bequeathed to him he is 
to take possession of the land and houses on the east side of the east side of the branch running through 
the premises.

It is to be observed that the above sums of money mentioned is not to be paid to the said [legatees?] until 
after the death of my beloved wife. Should my son Joseph die before he becomes of age or has an heir. I desire 
that what I have bequeathed to him should be sold and divided amongst all my children provided it does interfere 
with my beloved wife.

I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Mary Lassiter Executrix. Mathew Woodard and John Healy executors of my 
last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness I have here unto set my 
hand and seal the 20th day of October the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred & three(1803) - Signed 
sealed published and declared by the above named Joseph Lassiter to be his last will and testament in the 
presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witness in the presence of the testator-

Chas M Mitchell
John Evins {his mark]
William Webb Sen [his mark]

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