Original Will at N. C. Archives
February 8, 1817
I Benjamin Bateman of the county afsd being sick and low in flesh but in perfect sound disposing mind & memory thanks be to almighty God for the same do make and ordain this to be my last will & testament in manner following to wit viz. - -
Item 1. I lend to my beloved wife Nancy Bateman the use of my plantation whereon I now live during her natural life or widdowhood, also one negro woman Dinah & her increase during her natural life, then to return to my two daughters namely Harriott & Joyce. I also lend to my wife one negro fellow by name of Moses during her life or widdowhod. I also give to my wife one man by name of Bett during her natural life, also two cows & calves her choice out of my stock two sows & pigs and eleven dry hogs four ewes and lambs two beds & furniture her china (?) one yoke of oxen & cast (?) my beaufet (?) & furniture as it now stands all the corn now on hand, also twelve hundred pounds of pork or bacon & forty dollars in cash for the purpose of buying (?). My will is that my executors hereafter named should my wife not have as sufficient suport that the should give her any further at their own discretion should it appear that she is not sufficiently provided for her self & family.
Item. I give to my two daughters Harriott & Joyce all my lands to them and their heirs lawfully begotten to be equally divided between them when the arive to the age of twenty one years also five negroes, namely Baily, Hardy, Boyd, Solaman & Mariah. I give after the death or marriage of my sd wife my negro fellow Moses to be equaly divided between my two sd daughters. All the reidue of my sd estate after paying my just debts I wish to be sold at the discretion of my executors and the moneys arising therefrom to be equally divided between my two daughters above named. Should either of my sd daughters die before the come to lawful age or without heirs lawfully begotten then her property to go to the surviving one.
Item. I give and bequeath to Daniel Bateman one negro boy by name of Calvin to him and his heirs forever.
Item. Should my two daughters Harriott & Joyce die before they come to lawful age or have heirs lawfully begotten my will is that my brother Daniel have my lands heretofore given them also from his own note of land for four hundred dollars which I now hold.
Item. Should either of my daughters die before they come to lawful age or have heirs lawfully begotten my will is this negro fellow Moses heretofore given them go to my brother Joseph Bateman him & his heirs forever.
Item. Should my daughters die before they come to lawfull age or have lawful heirs as afsd my will is that my brother Levi have negro boy Boyd.
Item. Should my two daughters die before they come to lawful age or have lawful heirs as afsd, my will is that negro boy Baily, Hardy, Soloman & Mariah go to my wife Nancy Bateman.
I hereby nominate and appoint my brother Daniel Bateman, Snoad B. Carraway & James Ward my lawful executors revoking & disanulling all other wills made heretofore by me but this to be my last will & testament this February 8, 1817.
Signed sealed in presence of us
Tyrrell County April Term 1818
This will was exhibited in open court and proved by Aron Spruill one of the subscribing witnesses thereto who swore that Benjamin Bateman acknowledged his signature to said will & that Jno. Bateman the other witness signed the same in his presence. Test James Hoskins Clk
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