Last Will & Testament of William Campbell

1807 November 22. In the name of God, Amen, I William Campbell of the State of North Carolina, Richmond County, being of sound mind and memory (Blessed be God), do this twenty-second day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight-hundred and seven make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say.

First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Christian Campbell, one bay mare named Diamond, also five head of sheep and one cow and yearling and one sow of my hogs. Also the whole of my house-hold furniture and other utensils thereunto belonging, except one hand saw that I give to my younger son Alexander Campbell. And she, the said Christian Campbell may live and dwell on my plantation tract or parcel of land. I give and bequeath to my younger son Alexander Campbell a sorrel horse being three years old last May to his heirs and assigns and at the decease of the beforementioned Christian Campbell I do order and ordain that the whole of the aforesaid property which I give and bequeath to her shall be equally divided betwixt my two sons, Robert and Duncan Campbell and her heirs.

And if John Campbell will stay on my plantation to the assistance of the aforesaid Christian Campbell I do order that he shall get one cow and yearling, and if not he shall get nothing and further I do order and ordain out of my property two cows and yearlings, two two year olds, three head of hogs and a small quantity of cotton to be distributed in paying my debts and funeral charges.

If there be any remainder after my debts and funeral charges are paid I bequeath the same to my two sons Robert and Duncan Campbell. I hereby make and ordain my worthy son Alexander Campbell executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I the said William Campbell have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written. William Campbell. Witnessed by Collin Campbell, Malcom McColeman and Daniel McLaurin. The last will and testament of William Campbell duly proven in Open Court by Daniel McLaurin and recorded by William P. Leak, Clk.

Source: Richmond County Wills - CR082.801 - NCA WB1/21

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