Last Will & Testament of Nelson Gibson Sr. - 1823
Richmond Co. Will book 1, pp. 238-240
Submitted by Dianne Duncan
"Last Will of Nelson Gibson, was probated in Richmond County, in July 1823; recorded in
Will Book No. 1-P, 238. Devisees: William, Nelson, Nathan, Luke, Samuel, Sarah (Sally), Nancy, Agnes.
Executors: William and Nelson Gibson- his sons." Research done by Mrs. Patterson, a genealogist in Raleigh,
NC into the court records of Richmond Co. from its formation up to 1804 and reprinted in Genealogical Record
of Thomas Gibson and Interrelated families compiled by Blanche Gibson Hamer 1950, pp. 4-36." A transcript of
his complete will appears here.
In the name of God Amen. I Nelson Gibson sen. of the County and State aforesaid being also and infirm
and weak in body but of sound mind and memory- and remembering that it is appointed for all men once
to die- and that it is necessary to dispose of my property in a just and proper manner. I do therefore
mand and ordain this my last will and testament in the manner and form following (that is to say).
First. I give my soul unto the hands of Almighty God who gave it in the hope of enjoying a happy
resurrection and my body to be buried in a Christian like manner at the direction of my Executor
Second. It is my will and desire that my Executor herein after named shall make sale all of my Lands
which I have not heretofore devised away to wit - The one hundred acres whereon I now live the one
hundred and fifty acres called the McKay Tract- The three hundred acres called the Jim Place at the
mouth of Chalkfork- and the one hundred and thirty acres called the David and Bryan Place and also to
sell all my stock of every Description and all my household and kitchen furniture and the sale to be
made to the highest bidder and such cost [?] given as my Executor may think proper and the proceeds of
said sale when collected to be Equally divided between all of my children to wit William, Nelson,
Nathan, Luke, Samuel, Sally, Nancy and Agnes.
Third. It is also my will and desire that all of my children above mentioned receive all my money or
Land and the amount of all the debts due me at my death-and the same both cash and debts when collected
to be Equally divided between them share and share alike after allthe debts and necessary charges are
Fourth. It is my will and desire that my negro woman Nan shall enjoy perfect freedom to live with any
of my children with whom she may at anytime think proper to Live.
Fifth. I give and bequeath to my son Luke Gibson my negro woman Fan - to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Sixth. I give and bequeath to my son William Gibson my negro man Gabriel and to his heirs and assigns forever.
Seventh. I give and bequeath to my son Nelson Gibson my negro woman Suecy and to his heirs and assigns forever.
Eighth. I give and bequeath to my son Nathan Gibson my negro boy Pae and to his heirs and assigns forever.
And as to my other negros I have conveyed them away I have conveyed them away to my children by Bills of sale
heretofore in the manner which I thought the most equitable and just and it is my will and desire that
my Gifts of negros which I made heretofore to my children by Bills of sale shall stand confirmed forever.
Ninth. I give and bequeath to all my children to wit William Luke Nathan Samuel Nancy Sally Agnes and
Nelson my still stands cart and all my other property which I may die Possessed of Every description
not not herein before devised or expressed to be equally divided between them share and share alike
in order to arrive at an Equal division may be sold by my Executor at Publick Sale and the proceeds
when collected be equally divided between them all. And lastly I nominate and appoint my two sons William
Gibson and Nelson Gibson Executors to this my Last will and Testament and hereby revoke all others.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 4th day of June A.D. 1823. Nelson Gibson
his mark (seal) Signed sealed Published and Declared before B. R. Covington, Luke Gibson, Samuel Gibson,
State of North Carolina. Richmond County. July Term 1823. The Last Will and Testament of Nelson Gibson
was duly proven in Open Court by Benj. St. Covington & Luke Gibson ordered to be recorded. Martin D. Crawford ccc.
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