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Will of John Newberry I (1759-1818)

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN: I John Newberry of the county of Washington and State of North Carolina, being of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for the same do make & ordain this my last will & Testament in manner & form following, vis:

First, I desire all my just debts to be paid and the rest of my property I dispose of as follows:

I give to my loving wife Mary one bed and furniture and chest, I lend the plantation I now live on to her life time.

I give to my loving son Stephen Newberry Thirty Dollars.

I give to my loving daughter Polly Snell one judgement that Samuel — obtained against me and Isam Snell for twenty eight dollars which is already paid.

I give to my loving son James Swain Newberry and Abraham Newberry all the land I have on the sound which I purchased of Joseph Parramore and Stephen Swain, senr. to be equally divided between them.

I give to my son Samuel Newberry the land I bought of Jnc. Freeman joining Nathan Smith.

I give to my sons John and Joseph Doctorine Newberry after the death of my wife
the plantation whereon I now live and the swamp joining the same with the lands I
bought of Gideon Alexander.

I give to my daughter Betsey & Joanna Newberry one bed and furniture each one chest each, also to my daughter Betsey one cow & yarling, and to my daughter Joanna Newberry one cow, and my said daughter Betsey I give one negro man Jinne and my daughter Joanna a negro named Barake. If in case the above negroes should die or either of them my will and desire is that they should have another if Rose has any children living, and my will and desire is that my negro man shall be hired out six year and the money converted to the use of schooling, John, Joseph and Joanna Newberry and the raising of Joanna till she is twelve year old.

I lend my negro Rose to my wife a year then my will is that my negro Rose and her increase this is not given away and negro man Jim to equally divided between my loving wife Mary and James S. Newberry, Abraham Newberry, Samuel Newberry, John Newberry and Joseph Doctorine Newberry.

My will and desire is that after my just debts being paid the balance of my property not mentioned to be sold at six months credit to be equally divided between my loving wife Mary and Abraham Newberry, Joseph Newberry and Joanna Newberry.

I constitute and appoint my loving sons James S. Newberry and Abraham Newberry whole and sole Executors to this my last will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 11th day of October 1818.


Signed sealed & delivered
in presents of
Jno Freeman
James Freeman

Source: Washington County Genealogical Society Journal. Volume 6, No. 3. December 1998. Available online: https://archive.org/details/WCGSJournalVol6No3Dec1998