Will of Josiah Lane - 1825
Contributed by Charles R. Hailey
May 31, 2002

This document was transcribed as close to accurate as possible from a poor copy of the handwritten original. Some editing has been done for ease of reading. Words and phrases that I could not decipher will be indicated by [?]. Charles

In the name of God Amen, I Josiah Lane of the county of Richmond in the state of North Carolina being 
in a low state of health recollecting the uncertainty of Life do make and ordain this my last will & 
Testament in manner & form following:

to wit I [Lend?] to my beloved wife Comfort Lane during her life the following described [Rio...?] or parcel 
of land -

Beginning at the stake on the Webb's ferry road near the head a branch thence down said branch to the mouth 
to the mouth of the [?] branch coming into the [same?] on the west side. Thence up that branch to the William 
Covington line.

Thence with his line to the said Road [&?] with it to the beginning including my dwelling house - [what 
privilege?] of getting firewood on all [Life?]

I also [Lend?] to my wife Comfort Lane the whole of my personal property of every description to be used 
and enjoyed by her during Life and at her death - the whole of the above mentioned Land - as well as all 
of the other property of every description I will & bequeath to Henry H. Crowson his heirs and assigns

[?] I will & bequeath to said Henry H. Crowson all [all?] the other Land I own not included in the above 
boundaries - but in case the said Henry Crowson should die with Lawful issue - then the whole of the property
mentioned as given to him above I wish equally Divided between Josiah Haley, Josiah Lasiter (Lasater?) & 
Josiah W. [Corbet?]. 

I hereby nominate and appoint my said beloved wife Comfort Lane as executrix and said Henry W. Crowson Excutor 
of this my last will & Testament hereby revoking all other or former wills.

In Witnes where of [the?] said Josiah Lane hath hereunto set his hand and seal this [ninth?] day of July 
One Thousand Eight hundred and Twenty five. 

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the Testator in his last will & Testament in presence of us who 
have [assigned?] this same in his presence and in the presence of each other. 

Josiah Lane
(his mark) 
Test - Wm Covington W.P. Leake 

State of North Carolina} Richmond County} July session 1825 The last will and Testament of Josiah Lane. It was proven in open court by the oath of William P. Leake and Wm. Covington Subscribing Witnesses thereto and Henry H. Crowson and Comfort Lane widow of Sd Dd [said deceased] qualified as Executor of said will - Ordered to be recorded W. D. Crawford Clk

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