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Will of Jesse LEE Sr., 1816

Transcribed by Sandra Cook


In the name of God Amen I Jesse lee of Robeson County and State of North Carolina being in perfect health and of sound sence and memory thanks be given to Almighty God for his mercy and calling to mind the mortality of my body I recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body to the dust from whence it came to be entered in a decent manner hoping to receive the same at the general resurrection: and as for what worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me with I give bequeath and dispose of in the following manner

(Viz) I give and bequeath to my son Jessee Lee the sum of one hundred Dollars,

Item I give unto Daniel Drinkwater one Dollar,

Item I give unto my grand son John Drinkwater one hundred Dollars and one gun,

Item I give unto my Grand Daughter Keziah Drinkwater one Hundred Dollars, and to Elizabeth Drinkwater I give one negroe girl named Ester and fifty Dollars in money,

Item my will and desire is that my negroe girl Charity to labour for my Daughter Obedience Sterling during her natural life and after her death my will and desire further is that said girl should then belong to the rest of my children that is now living to be sold and the money Equally divided or as they may otherwise agree,

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Pope one negroe girl Ginna named Ginnah to will. and dispose of as she pleases

Item I give unto my grand son Felix Loe the plantation whereon I now live am the land belonging to it the Legacies before mentioned my will and desire is shall be paid up after my death and not before Except the one given to Sarah Pope and the one lent to Obedience Sterling which two my desire is should remain in their possession from this time agreeable to the dictates of this will, all the reminder of my property which I am now, or may be possessed with at my death my will and desire is should be sold and the money Equally divided amongst all my children that is now living Except my Daughter Obedience Sterling to whom I give one Dollar and no more-I appoint my son Benjamin Lee and Joseph Lee my Executors to this my last will and Testament

In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this 23 day of June 1806 in presence of
Test Wiley X (his mark) Barnes

Jesse lee Senr (Seal)

Test Joshua Pitman

Robeson County August Term 1816

This will was proved in open Court by the oath of Wiley Barnes and ordered to be registered.
C. J. McQueen D C


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