In the name of God, Amen. I LEWIS DAVIS of Nash County of the State of North Carolina being weak of body but in perfect sinces, mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form as followeth, viz:
Imprismis: I give and bequeath unto my eldest son DIOCLESIAN DAVIS, one cross cut saw and one iron kettle and one rife gun that is now in the hands of DAVIS CONNELL
Item: I give and bequeath tgo my second son YOUNG DAVIS, four hundred and forty acres of land beginning on porters line at a Red Oak running to a hictory on the south side of the white oak swamp on JACK branch running east to Red Oak, then north to the White Oak swamp, then up said swamp to BOOTHS corner then along his line to pine on the creek then up said creek to the mouth of the line branch so up the branch to PORTERS line then along his line to the first station, like wise one roan horse named Bull and bridle and saddle, one feather bed and furniture and six head of cattle and one sow and pigs, one small iron pot after his mothers decease, also one ewe and lamb, one gun.
Item: I give and bequeath to my eldest daughter PRISSILLA DAVIS, one cow
Item: I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter LOSZEY DAVIS, one feather bed and furniture, five head of cattle and forsaid cattle
Also I devise that my wife may have the use during her widowhood of my manner and plantation with 160 acres of land, being the land I purchased of WILLIAM SMITH, further I desire that at the end of her widowhood of decease the said 160 acres of land may be the right and property of my daugher LOSZEY DAVIS and if so be she should die with out heirs for the said 160 acres of land to be equally divided between my son YOUNG and my daughter PRISSILLA DAVIS and after my above debts and legacys is paid out, I desire my wife may have the use of all the rest of my goods and chattels during her widowhood and after her widowhood, the said goods and chattels to be equally divided between my son YOUNG and my daughter LOSZEY.
Lastly: I constitute and a ppoint my son DIOCLESIAN DAVIS and my wife TABITHA DAVIS, my whole and sole executor and executrix of this my will and testament in witness whereunto I have set my hand and seal this November 22nd day, 1779
Nash County, April court 1780
The within will was exhibited in open court and proved by the oath of ARTHUR DAVIS, which is ordered to be recorded. Attest WM HALL, C.C.
Item #15, Page 14
Nash County, North Carolina
Record of Wills, Book I
1776-1872, LDS #0419419
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