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BY MELANIE KELLEY, Copyright 1998

NOTE FROM MELANIE: Where you see a blank space or a question mark, I was 

unsure of what the original said.


In the name of God Amen I William Baxly of the County of Robeson and 

State of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory 

(blessed be God) do this 21st day of July in the year of our Lord 

1828 make and publish this my last will and testament in manner 

following that it to say, first I give and bequeath to my beloved 

wife Mary Baxly the use of the following property during her life or 

widowhood to be under the direction of my executor, I give her the 

use of all my land and mills, one half of all the stock of cows, sheep 

and hogs which I have a home.  Also I give her one hore and the plantation 

tools as many of them will be needed, also I give her Bob, mary and Sam and 

if Mary shall have any children after this they must stay with their mother, 

I also give her one half of the money that I shall leave and all the 

furniture belonging to the house except two beds and furniture and one 

chest, and after her death or marriage the whole of the property thus 

left is to be sold and equally divided among my children now living.  

And after my death all the balance of my property to be sold and the 

money arising on said sales to be divided in manner following, to my 

daughter Olive Jackson's children I give twenty five dollars, to be 

divided between them, to my son Stephen's children I give twenty five dollar 

to be divided in like manner, to my daughter Nelly's children I give 

twenty five dollars to be divided equally among them, to my son 

Redding's daughter Nancy twenty five dollars, to my granddaughter 

Phereby Parnell twenty five dollars, to James West I give one half 

of the stock of cattle that he has in his possession, the other half 

to be sold with the balance of my property and all divided equally 

between Aaron Baxly, James Baxly, Caleb Baxly and Willis Baxly, 

Susanna Jenkins, Celia West and Sarah Garner all to have an equal share.  

One half of Sarah Garner's part must go to her children which she had by 

Copeland each one to have an equal share and those that are indebted to 

me their notes to stand good against them in the division of my estate.

Those legacies to my grand children are not to be paid them till the 

last division of my estate.  I also give full power to my executor to 

sell all my property and to make good and lawful titles to the same.

And I hereby make and ordain my worthy friend Absalom Davis executor 

of this my last will and testament, in witness whereof I the said 

William Baxly have to this my last will and testament set my hand 

and seal the day and year above written.

					William    W   Baxly     (seal)

						his mark

Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Baxly the 

testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us who 

were present at the time of signing and sealing thereof.

			William Davis

			John N. Little

Robeson County Term 1831.  It appearing to the                   of 

the court that the last will and testament of William Baxly, 

deceiced                  in          of court of this County thus 

will with the certificate of probate is ordered to be recorded.

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