Submitted by Connie Padgett
Wills, Washington County, NC
Book A, Page 291
July Term 1857
State of North Carolina –Martin County
In the name of God Amen, I William ALLSBROOKS of the above state and county of sound mind and memory (blessed be God) do make declare and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others. First, I give devise and bequethe to my son James the tract of land on which I now live lying on the Point Road containing four hundred acres more or less. I also give to my son James one third part in value of all my Negroes, I give him also a horse his choice one bed and furniture a side board and half a dozen chairs. Secondly, I give devise and bequethe to my daughter Sabra E. HARRISON my two tracts of land lying in Washington County, one of them lying on one side of the tract owned and occupied by her husband Isaac HARRISON & the other one on the other side. I also give devise and bequeath to my said daughter one third part in value of all my Negroes The foregoing lands and Negroes so given and to have for his life time only are given to her separate and apart from her husband and they are not to be liable for the debts, contracts or acts of her husband, and after her death the said lands and Negroes are to go to the children of my said daughter & the children of such as are dead.
Thirdly, I hereby make constitute and appoint Henry S. LLOYD my sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do hereby give devise and bequeth to him in trust the following property to … a tract of land called the Creek Land of about one hundred & fifty acres on the poplar Point Road on Con… Creek also the …. land of forty acres more or less on the Tarboro Road Johnny James P… & others also one third part in value of all my negro Slaves. These lands and Negroes so given to Henry S. LLOYD and to be held by him and … yearly rents and …. And to be paid over by him to Pansy ABURTHON ALLSBROOKS, wife of Newsom ALLSBROOKS during her life and at her death the said land Negroes are to belong to the children of Newsom ALLSBROOKS. I however … that if the said Pansy ABURTHON should become a widow by the death of my son Newsom & should marry again her interest is to cease and said children’s right take place as though she were dead. My son Newsom ALLSBROOK is to have no interest or control over this property and estates in any way my interest being to convey a separate estate for said woman & said children. Henry S. LLOYD instead of renting & hiring out may allow the said Pansy ABURTHON to use the property itself. Fourthly, the two Negroes Hellen & … lent by me to my daughter & Newsom my son are to be brought forward and put in for division. Fifthly, all the balance of my estate of every kind I give to be sold the proceeds to go in equal parts (viz.) one part to my son James, one part to my daughter to be held by her as the other property given her is held and, One to Henry S. LLOYD to be held in trust by him as said land and Negroes are for Pansy ABURTHON[?] & Newsom’s children. Witness my hand and seal this 25th August 1856.
William ALLSBROOKS X his mark
Signed sealed declared and published in the presence of us who subscribed the same in the presence of the testator and at his request
J. D. LATHAM