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Will of THOMAS BICKNELL
March Term 1781

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 1, Page 54

 

In the Name of God Amen, I THOMAS BICKNELL of Wilkes County in the State of North Carolina being much disordered in body but of Sound mind and memory and reflecting on the uncertainty of human affairs do make this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following viz't:

Imprimus, I commit I body to the Earth there to be decently intered at the discretion of my Executors and my worldly Estate I dispose of as follows
Item- I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife RACHELL the plantation whereon I dwell together with my Houses and cattle sheep and hoggs and all other my household - Furniture and plantation tools to the intent that she may be able to raise my children; And I hereby will and appoint my wife RACHELL sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, as Witness my hand and seal this 20th day of October 1780.

THOMAS BICKNELL

Signed Sealed and Acknowledged
in presence of us
JOSEPH DOBSON
GRACE BOWMAN
SAMUEL BICKNELL
WM. FERRELL LEWIS
WILLIAM RAGLAND
GABR'L LOVING JUN'R
 

The above will was dewly proved by the Oath of GABRIEL LOVING JUN'R a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.
A True Coppy Test
G. WHEATLEY

 

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Will of JOHN COFFEY
February Term, A.D. 1812

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 3, Page 21

 

In the Name of God Amen. I JOHN COFFEY of Wilkes County & State of North Carolina being weak in body but of sound mind & memory, do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament. Viz: First I recommend my Soul to God that give it & my Body to be buried in a decent manner. And as to my worldly goods that I hath pleased God to bless me with dispose of them in the following manner (to wit) I lend unto my beloved wife HANNAH COFFEY all my property of every kind both Real & Personal that shall remain after my just debts are paid, for her use during her natural life or widowhood. And what remains at her death, or end of her widowhood to be divided amongst my Children (viz) my daughter ELIZA COFFEY, my daughter CASSANDRA COFFEY, my son WILLIAM COFFEY, my daughter REBECA COFFEY, my daughter JANE COFFEY, but if my wife marrys again to have an equal share with one of the Children & the rest to be equally divided as above mentioned; it is my Will & desire that my Children be equally educated at the discretion of my Executors. I hereby appoint my trusty friends GEORGE DOWELL & REUBEN COFFEY & JONATHAN WILSON Executors of this my last Will & Testament.
Signed Sealed, Published & Delivered in presents of
ELI COFFEY, Ju't.                                                                    JOHN COFFEY ("X" his mark)
HEZEKIAH CRUMTON ("X" his mark)

 

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Will of JAMES DENNEY
February Term A.D. 1812

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 3, Page 20

 

In the Name of God Amen, I JAMES DENNEY of the State of North Carolina in the County of Wilkes Farmer being weak of body but of perfect mind & memory thanks be to God calling unto mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say, I recommend my Soul to Almighty God that give it & my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the descretion of my Executors hereafter named & as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with I give demise & dispose of in the following manner & form -
First of all I will that all my Debts be paid, Secondly I give & bequeath to ELISABETH DENNEY my beloved wife all my Estate both Real & Personal whatsoever kind or degree her natural life, she paying unto each of my Children the Sum of five Shillings. Viz. To JOHN DENNEY five Shillings, To JAMES DENNEY five Shillings, To GEORGE DENNEY five Shillings, ILA DENNEY five Shillings, To JESSE DENNEY five Shillings, ELISABETH MAHAFFEY five Shillings, SALLEY COPLEY five Shillings, RANDOLPH TRAMEL five Shillings, MARY BROWN five Shillings, JINNY BROWN five Shilligs, & FANNEY BROWN five Shillings. And after my wife's dec'd I will that the Estate both rail & personal of whatsoever kind or degree be equally divided between JOHN DENNEY, JAMES DENNEY, GEORGE DENNEY, ILAI DENNEY, JESSE DENNEY, ELISABETH MAHAFFEY, SALLEY COPLEY, DELPHA TRAMEL, MARY BROWN, JINNEY BROWN & FANNEY BROWN. I likewise ordain constitute & appoint JAMES DENNEY Executor of this my last Will & Testament hereby denying any former Will or Testament by me in any wise made ratifying & confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 27th day of Feby in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred & two.
Signed, Sealed & Delivered by the said JAMES DENNEY as his last will & Testament in the presents of us who in the Presents of each other have subscribed our Names.
JAMES DENNEY ("X" his mark)

R. MARTIN
JOSEPH BROWN
FREDERICK MABERY Ju't

 

Feby. Term 1812
the above Will was duly proven by the oath of FREDERICK MABERY.
Test
R. MARTIN Clk.

 

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Will of WILLIAM GAMBILL
June Term 1779

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 1, Page 25

 

In the Name of God Amen the 14 Day of February 1779
I WILLIAM GAMBILL of Wilkes County being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto Almight God therefore caling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it s apointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body to the grave to be buried in desent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as Tuching such worldly Estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and demies and dispose of the same in the following
manner and form--
Imprimis, I give and bequeath to MARY GAMBILL my dearly beloved wife the Plantation that I now live and the land joining of dureing her life or widowhood then to my son JESEY GAMBILL; I do give and bequeath to my son THOMAS GAMBILL the low part of the land begining with the location then runing south then east then west and to the begining; I do give and bequeath to my son HENNERY GAMBILL the part of land that he now lives on begining at the mouth of the branch othat lives on runing across the said land directed by the sand pit in the path, I do give and bequeath to my son JAMES GAMBILL one hundred acres of land on new river waters on the no headed branch, I do give and bequeath to my daughter SARAH GAMBILL one Negro boy named DANIEL; I do give and bequeath to my daughter MARY GAMBILL one Negro boy named BEN if any one of the said Girls should die with a lawfull are [sic] of his body his Negro above named to be long to the serviving one and if both should die without lawful are [sic] of her body the sd Negro above named to be returned to the Estate. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife MARY GAMBILL the rest of my Estate and mill that stands on my son HENNERY GAMBILL land to be sold at her death or day of marage and to be equally divided between all my children namely THOMAS GAMBILL HENNERY GAMBILL WILLIAM GAMBILL SARAH GAMBILL MARY GAMBILL JESSEY GAMBILL; Item I likewise constitute my wife Executrix THOMAS GAMBILL HENRY GAMBILL Executors of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above writon Sined seald published pronounced and delivered by the said WILLIAM GAMBILL as his last will and testament In the Presents of

W GAMBILL


JOHN MORGAN
JAMES RAMEY
JAMES GAMBILL
GEORGE LEWIS
 

June Term 1779
The above will proved by the oath of JOHN MORGAN and JAMES RAMEY subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded; Ex'r qualified & Letters of Testimentory issued accordingly.

 

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Will of CHARLES GORDON SEN'R
Nov. Term A. D. 1811

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 3, Page 14

 

In the name of God amen, I CHARLES GORDON of the County of Wilkes in the State of North Carolina being old & having lately received an accidental wound which may terminate in my disolution by death but being of sound & disposing mind & memory here think proper to make my last will & Testament in manner and form following.
In the first place I recommend my Soul to God who gave to be disposed of at his pleasure & my after death to be buried in the usual form of intering the remains of deceased persons in this County.
Touching U concerning my worldly estate this Will is designed to be a confirmation of several Deeds of Gifts, bills of Sale & gifts without deed by me already made & which are herafter mentioned in order to hinder disputes & suits at Law. To wit, in the first place I ratify & confirm to CHAPMAN GORDON my son two tracts of land agreeable to the butts & bounds described in a Deed of Conveyance bearing date the 4th of October 1803 & attested by WILLIAM HACKET & JAMES HACKET & NATHANIEL GORDON & Signed by myself with my Seal annexed in manner & form as contained and expressed in said Deed, to wit, One tract containing two Hundred acres, the other One Hundred acres as mentioned in said conveyance. It is my Will to confirm to the said CHAPMAN GORDON all the several articles of property described in a Deed of Sale for myself to the said CHAPMAN GORDON bearing date the 26th day of Dec'r 1805 which deed of Sale mentions as a consideration the payment & discharge of a judgment which the said CHAPMAN GORDON recovered against me in the County Court of Wilkes to the amount of two thousand eight hundred dollars or there abouts the said Deed of Sale is attested by RICHARD OWENS, NATHANIEL GORDON & ELIZABETH RAY & signed by me with my seal thereunto annexed. It is my Will to confirm to CHAPPMAN [sic] GORDON all the property mentioned in a Deed of Gift made by me to the said CHAPMAN GORDON bearing date the 17th of Jan'y 1803 attested by NATHANIEL GORDON, JOSHUA BADGER, JOHN WESTLEY GORDON & FANY DOBSON, which said Deed was proved & recorded in Wilkes County to wit at Oct'r Term 1803. It is my Will that CHAPMAN GORDON have all that part of a tract of Land that lies West of a line agreed upon between myself & my son NATHANIEL GORDON now dec'd & CHAPMAN GORDON said line is a branch so far as disputes this bequest that runs between the Houses of CHAPMAN GORDON & the said NATHANIEL GORDON dec'd the original grant of this tract to me is dated the 24th day of Dec'r 1799 No. 2006. The other part of this tract I will to the Heirs of the said NATHANIEL GORDON dec'd. It is my Will that a Deed of Sale from me to CHAPMAN GORDON for three hundred acres of land dated the 8th of Jany. 1803 & attested by NATHANIEL GORDON, RICHARD ALLEN & NANCY GORDON be ratified & confirmed. It is my Will that CHAPMAN GORDON have a tract of my land of One hundred acres lying on the little fork lf Lewises fork within the County Wilkes being originally granted to WILLIAM FLOID & by him conveyed to me. It is my Will that CHAPMAN GORDON have a mare of my property. I hereby Will to the said CHAPMAN GORDON all my other property both real & personal of which the said CHAPMAN is not this possessed. I do further ratify all other Deeds of Sale both of Real & Personal property heretofore made t the said CHAPMAN GORDON & not herein particularly refered to the property described in the foregoing part of this my Will I desire to remain to the said CHAPMAN GORDON his heirs & assigns forever.
It is my Will that the heirs & legal Representatives of my son NATHANIEL GORDON dec'd have hold & enjoy all the tracts & parcels of Land which I now have or have had any right, title or Interest in below & to the North East of a branch that runs between the Houses of the said NATHANIEL dec'd & my son CHAPMAN GORDON as far as said branch has heretofore been the line of partition between the said NATHANIEL & the said CHAPMAN to follow such other lines of partition as have been heretofore settled & agreed upon between the said NATHANIEL CHAPMAN & myself as the divisional lines of their landed property on the coastors of the Yadkin, I do hereby ratify & confirm the several deeds of Gifts, bills of Sale of personal property & Deeds of conveyances of Lands heretofore made by myself to the said NATHANIEL GORDON, now dec'd ratifying his right to all my lands which the dec'd seized & possessed of whether by deed, Gift or otherwise and desire that the same may descend & go to the heirs & legal representatives of the said NATHANIEL GORDON either as he may have disposed of the same or as the Law in such cases may direct. I further ratify & confirm to the heirs & legal Representatives of the said NATHANIEL all the right title interest & claim of all the property both Real & personal either conveyed by Deed or otherwise which my said son NATHANIEL dec'd seized & possessed of & of which I might have right, title or claim to, to be and remain to them their heirs and assigns forever.
I also will ratify & confirm to the heirs of my son CHARLES GORDON & to his legal Representatives all the property whether real or Personal which he rec'd of me either by Deed Gift or other legal Gift or transfer I am content with any disposition which he may have made of the same. But be it remembered that it was one my wish & desire to have bestowed upon the now Infant children of the said CHARLES a further & last bequest but the Executors of the said CHARLES have lately exacted of me & obliged me to pay to them for the use of the said Infant heirs Devisees or Children of the said CHARLES a considerable sum of money upon a bond which was once before paid to their father by me in his lifetime & the said bond was fully paid & discharged to him their father & in my opinion the same was well known to the Persons who brought suit which has deprived me the Honour of leaving them any final Legacy & now consistant with my duty I am only left the Priviledge of confirming on their behalf the Gifts of Conveyances made to their deceased Father. I therefore will & desire that the heirs of my son CHARLES GORDON & the legal Representatives, devisees, or any claiming under them shall not be entitled to take any further part or share of my Estate further than as herein before expressed. It is the will & desire of me that every part of this will be carried into effect according to its true Intent and meaning.
I do hereby authorise, constitute & appoint CHAPMAN GORDON the sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament & that I do hereby revoke, disannul & make void all former Wills and bequests whether written or noncupative in the most positive & absolute terms & do declare & publish this & this only to be my last Will & Testament by me made here upon Earth. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my Seal the 7th day of May 1808.
CHA'S GORDON
 

Signed Sealed and published in presence of
ROB'T HENRY Jurat
JOS. WINSTON
NATH'L GORDON JNR.
WM. OGLESBEY

Nov. Term 1811
The above Will was duly proven in Open Court by the Oath of ROBERT HENRY.
Test
R. MARTIN, Clk.
 

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Will of WILLIAM LAWS
March Term 1781

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 1, Page 38

 

In the name of God Amen I WILLIAM LAWS of the County being sick and very low but in my perfect sense and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same first I commit my body to the ground from whence it came and my soul to God whom gave it to me and as for my worldly goods I dispose of as follows with Item I give unto my son in Law PETER BOWMAN or his Heirs Nine pounds cash
I give unto my daughter AMEY DYES and her Heirs for ever twenty pounds cash
I give unto my daughter MARY CROSS and her heirs for ever Twenty pounds
I give unto my daughter ANN LOVELACE and her Heirs for ever Twenty pounds cash
I give unto my daughter PATTY ADAMS and her Heirs for ever twenty pounds cash
I give unto my daughter ABBY HAMPTON and her heirs for ever Twenty pounds cash
I give unto my son WELCOM WILLIAM LAWS my Plantation where I now live on one hundred acres more or less with all the rest of my Estate to him and his heirs for ever
I appoint WELCOM WILLIAM LAWS and JOHN LAWS Sen'r my Ex'rs this my Last will and Testament revoking all other wills and testaments this Seventh day of January in the year of our Lord God One Thousand and Seven hundred and Eighty
WILLIAM LAWS ("X" his mark)

JOHN LAWS SEN'R
JACOB HAMTON
DARKEY HARFORD
 

 

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Will of WILLIAM LOW
June Term 1780

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 1, Page 44

 

In the Name of God Amen
I WILLIAM LOW of Wilkes County and province of North Carolina being in perfect soundness of mind memory and calling to mind that all flesh must dy do make this my Last will and Testament viz,
First I bequeath my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereof to be named
First my will is that all my just debts be lawfully paid and as for my worldly Estate as God has been graciously please to bless me I dispose of as followeth Viz
My will is that my beloved wife MARY LOW have and Injoy all my Estate both Personal and Real during her natural life or widowhood and after her decease or Marriage my will is that I leive to my son ISAAC LOW begotten by the body of my last wife MARY one tract or parcell of land containing two hundred acres lying and being on the right hand Little fork of Cub Creek My will is that I lieve to my son ISEAH LOW & my son JOHN LOW & my son DAVID LOW begotten by the body of my last wife, MARY one tract or parcell of land containing three hundred and Sixty acres to be equally divided between the three it being the plantation whereon I now live And my will is that the remainer of my Estate be sold and equally divided between all my children begotten by the body of my last wife MARY. My will is that I leave to STEPHEN LOW son fo SAMUEL LOW deceased one tract of land containing one hundred and nine & a half acres in Bedford County in Virginia lying and being on Fork Creek adjoining to the Place that I myself lived on And I do appoint my beloved wife MARY my True and Lawfull Executor of this my Last Will & Testament ralessing  all other wills do acknowledge this to be my Last will and Testament in witness whereof I have set my hand this 12 day of January 1780 in the presence of Testes

WILLIAM LOW ("X" his mark)

FRANCIS HARDGRAVE
BENJA. GRIAR
LEWIS DARNOSS
 


June Term 1780
The above will proved by the oath of FRANCIS HARDGRAVE and subscribing witness thereto & ordered to be recorded. Ordered that Letters Testamentory issue for MARY LOW Ex'r accordingly.

 

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Will of WILLIAM MALLORY
March Term 1779

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 1, Page 20

 

In the Name of God Amen the 9th Day of February 1779 I, WM. MALLORY of Culpeper County in Virginia being very sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memmory thanks be to God for it; calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, Do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament; that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body to the ground to be buried in ah Cristian like manner at the Descretion of my Executors Nothing doubting but to receive it again at the general Resurrection by the Power of God; and as Touching my worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this life; I give Demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form--
After my lawfull debts being paid I do give and bequeave my whole Estate to my four daughters ANN, DOROTHY, ELIZABETH and MARY; the estate to be kept together and the Plantation till the girls arive to the age of Eighteen Years; and as they come to that age or they should marry they shall receive their parts; and when the youngest comes of age or marries then she to receive equal what the others have rece'd then if the Estate has gained anything more than it was appraised to at first that to be equally divided amongst the four girls and if any one should die without heir her part to be equally divided amongst the surviving ones.
I likewise constitute and appoint ROGER MALLORY  NATHAN MALLORY   HENRY BAKER   DAVID BAKER Executors of this my Last will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disalow all other will or wills and I do hereby confirm this my Last will and Testament. I witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year first above written; signed sealed pronounced and declared in the Presents of us

WILLIAM MALORY
WM. GAMBILL
MARTIN DEAVENPORT
THO'S GAMBILL

 

March Term 1779
The above will is duly proved by the oaths of MARTIN DEAVENPORT & WM. GAMBILL witnesses thereto.


Inventory of the Estate of WM. MALLORY Dec'd
March term 1779

A True and Just Inventory of WILLIAM MALLORY Deceast-
One horse Bridle and Saddle, one suit of clothes and fifty seven pounds Seventeen Shillings and four pence Proclamation money.
Returned by me.

DAVID BACOR, Exc'r
 

 

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Will of STEPHEN MATTHEWS
February Term A. D. 1812

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 3, Page 17

 

In the Name of God, Amen, I STEPHEN MATTHEWS of Wilkes County & State of North Carolina being of sound & perfect mind & memory blessed be God do this fourth day of September in the Year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred & Eleven make & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner following that is to say-
first I give & bequeath to my Son ANSEL MATTHEWS one Sorrel horse by the name of Samson & all my coopers tools to him the said ANSEL MATTHEWS, then I give to my wife JOANNA all the rest of my property for her lifetime to maintain her if needed & not otherwise dispose thereof & at her death for an equal division to take place amongst all my Children. And I hereby make & ordain my worthy friend ANSEL MATTHEWS & JAMES GRAY Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I the said STEPHEN MATTHEWS have to this my last will & Testament set my hand & seal to the day & year above written. Signed, sealed, published & declared by the s'd STEPHEN MATHEWS the Testator as his Will & Testament in the presence of us who were at the time of signing & sealing thereof.
STEPHEN MATTHEWS ("X" his mark)

Test
WM. GRAY Ju't.
Feby. Term 1812
The above Will was duly proven by the Oath of WILLIAM GRAY.
Test
R. MARTIN Clk

 

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Will of HUGH SMITH
December Term 1781

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 1, Page 70

 

In the Name of God Amen
I HUGH SMITH of the Count of Wilkes North Carolina, Planter, being very sick and weak in body but of Perfect mind and memory thans be given unto God. Calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament that is to say principally and first of, I give & recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Cristian buriall at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the might power of God and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this life I give dimise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form
First I give and Bequeath to my son JONATHAN SMITH a sorrell mare I had of GEORGE MORRIS four head of sheep If MR. DIXON brings them according to agreement and the Book AMBROSE also I give and bequeath to my son DAVID SMITH one English bay mare now in his possession and the Book BURKET together with all the small books but one Also I give and bequeath to my son ALEXANDER SMITH one large bay horse that I had of DIXON the book HERVEY and the Big Bible after my wife's decease
Also I give and bequeath to my son in law MORRIS BAKER one Brown horse called Torey; all the rest of my Estate Personall and Real I give and bequeath to JANE my dearly beloved wife during her life to give demise and dispose of the same as any part thereof to each or either of the boys DAVID & ALEXANDER in case they should marry before her decease and after her death each and every part of my Estate above wiled to her to be equally divided between the two boys DAVID & ALEXANDER by JAMES BAKER and ANDREW BAKER whom I constitute make and ordain the sole Executors this my Last will & Testament and I do hereby disalow & revoke and disanull all and every other Testaments will legacies bequests and Executors by me in any wise before named willed & bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty fourth day of February One thousand & Seven hundred and Eighty one.

HUGH SMITH


Signed Sealed In presence of
JAMES BAKER
ANDREW BAKER
 

December Term 1781
The above will was produced in Court and proved by JAMES BAKER and ordered to be recorded.

 

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Will of JOHN WITHERSPOON*
December Term 1778

Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 1, Page 10

 

November the first in the year of Our Lord Christ 1788
In the name of God amen I JOHN WEATHERSPOON and of Wilkes County being weak in body but of sound memory blessed be God do this day in the year of our Lord make and Publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say first I appoint THOMAS WEATHERSPOON and DAVID WEATHERSPOON Executors of the Estate my Natural suns I also appoint them to discharge all debts that is made appear just according to law and also to collect all debts that is due to the Estate I also give and bequeath to my son THOMAS WEATHERSPOON a Tract of land he now lives upon only he to pay to the estate Twenty five pound Old Trade; and I also give and bequeath to my son DAVID WEATHSPOON a certain tract of land lying in the fork of Kings Creek joining STEPHEN TILLEY's 180 acres I also give & bequeath unto my dear wife the third part of the remainder of the Estate during her widowhood & I also give & bequeath to my son JAMES WEATHERSPOON the place I now live on & I also give and bequeath to my son JOHN WEATHERSPOON & my daughter MARY and my daughter FLORAN my daughter MARTHEN and to my daughter NANCY and to my daughter JANE and to my daughter ELIZABETH WEATHERSPOON the remainder part of the stock and profit of both still and mill to be equal divided amongst the seven and also t my son DAVID WEATHERSPOON and my son JAMES WEATHERSPOON is to contribute from their estate forty pounds & to let my son JOHN have it when he is of age Both to bare an equal part or to purchase a piece of land to be of that value &c
In witness whereof I the said JOHN WEATHERSPOON have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written; signed sealed and delivered by the said JOHN WEATHERSPOON as and for his last will and testament in the presents of us who are present at the signing sealing hereof
N.B. before signing I bequeathe to my sons JAMES WITHERSPOON one young sorrel mare with a blaze face and also bequeath to my son JOHN a brown colt with a black face.

JOHN WITHERSPOON
MATHEN WEATHERSPOON ("X" her mark)


THOMAS HARBIN
ALEXANDER HOLTON
JOHN ROBISON

December Term 1778
The above will was duly proved by the oath of JOHN ROBERSON a subscribing witness thereto.



*Note: the surname was spelled differently throughout this document
 

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