Josiah Johnston is at the top of my Family Tree
I, MICAJAH THOMAS of Nash County in the State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit.
Imprimis: I resign my soul to Almighty God who gave it me hoping and trusting that through the merits of His Son Jesus Christ, it will enjoy eternal blessing in the kingdom of heaven and direct that my body may be decently buried in my own burying ground between the graves of my wife and sister and that my friends NATHAN and WILLIAM BODDIE cause the same to be done and also to have my buring ground decently walled in with brick or plank 50 feet by 10.
Item: I give and bequeath into my half brother JOSIAH CRUDUP one sorrell horse colt, raised at my plantation on Tar River near CAPT. SAMUEL BRYANT'S and all my wearing cloths.
Item: I give unto my niece MOURNING ARRINGTON two negroes, viz. DICK and his wife FLORA and their increase if any, four cows and calves ten head of sheep, one loom, four slays, one feather bed and furniture, and a suit of mourning to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my niece RHODA RICKS one small negro girl named VILET and her increase, my bay horsse I purchased at Newbern and a suit of mourning to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my niece TEMPERANCE PERRY and MARY PERRY each a suit of mourning.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my father-in-law PHILMON HAWKINS the following negros, viz: BETT and two children PHILLIS & ALEY and one other negro girl named KITTY which he has now in his possession and their increase to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my nathural daughter MARY CRAWFORD a child of late ELIZABETH CRAWFORD in Surry County in the State of Virginia all my land on the north side of Roanoak River in Northamption County which lands I purchased of SAMUEL COTTEN and the estate of FREDERICK RUFFIN containing by estimation fifteen hundred acres with the following negroes viz: CULL FANLITTLE, JACOB MITCHELL, ONE EYED DICK, CALE, LUCY, NED, BUTE, DICK, JUDE, LUKE, RACHEL, FERREBA, PENNY, and ABIGAIL with their increase to her and the heirs of her body forever all my stock of cattle, hogs on that plantation with the farming toos and all the work houses that have been kept ther for the use and service of said plantation provided never the less that if the said Mary Crawford should die before she marries and hath thereby then and in that case I give the said lands unto another of my daughters MARGARET THOMAS JACKSON, a child of ANN JACKSON to her and her heirs forever, but if the said Margaret Thomas Jackson should die before she marries and has issue thereby the land shall go to and be equally divided between the surviving two daughters of Ann Jackson viz: Mourning Thomas and Temperance Thomas Jackson and in case that either of them should die before they marry the land shall descend to the surviving one and her heirs forever and if the said Mary Crawford should die before she marries and has lawful issue all the negros mantioned in this bequest with their increase shall go to and be equally divided between my children Mourning Thomas, Margaret Thomas and Temperance Thomas Jackson daughter of Ann Jackson to them and the heirs of their bodies forever but in case of the death of either of these children the negroes shall fall to the survivors in the same manner of the land above mentioned to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I give unto Ann Jackson the mother of my three daughters, Mourning Thomas, Margaret Thomas and Temperance Thomas Jackson one bay horse colt, the first that my famous mare Stella brought, get by ? fifty pounds in money and a suit of black.
Item: My will and desire is and I hereby authorize and impower my worth friends NATHAN BODDIE, WILLIAM BODDIE, BENJAMIN HAWKINS and SHADRACK RUTLAND to admit Ann Jackson the mother of my three daughters Mourning Thomas, Margaret Thomas and Temperance Thomas Jackson to live in my new house in the old field and to furnish her with as many servants and other necessaries as will be sufficient for the support of herself and children out of the property given the three sisters Mourning Thomas, Margaret Thomas, and Temperance Thomas Jackson unti the twin sisters Mourning Thomas and Margaret Thomas Jackson arrives at the age of eighteen years or marries. I further desire and direct that my said friends may see that my said daughter Mourning Thomas, Margaret Thomas and Temperance Thomas Jackson have good education and brought up in a gentel manner at their discretion as to the manner and form.
Item: I give unto my daughter Mourning Thomas Jackson daughter of Ann Jackson all that part of my mannor plantation lying on the north side of Peach Tree Creek and all the different tracts of land adjoining thereinto beginning on the north side of said creek at Nathan Boddies line thence along his line and William Boddieline to JAMES WOODARDS line thence along Woodards line to RICHARD HOLLANDS line thence along Hollands line acress Pigs Basket to DAVID EVANS line thence along Evans line to GEORGE WIMBERLIES line and corner thence along a line of marked trees (JULIAN KINGS line) towards Pigs Basket Creek to a corner ash thence along said Kings lines acres Pigs Basket Creek to JESSE THOMAS's line thence along Jesse Thomas line to Peach Tree Creek thence up the various courses of the said creek to the first station supposed to contain about two thousand five hundred acres be the same more or less also one other tract of land lying on the north side of Tar River containing four hundred and twnety acres known by the name of the Kersy Place also one other tract of land containing six hundred and forty acres on the western waters of this state being a soldiers warrant to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret Thomas Jackson child of Ann Jackson all my lands in their several different tracts lying between Peach Tree Creek and Sappeny Swamp including the court house WHEDDONS and REUBEN WHITFIELDS places part of Barentines supposed to contain about three thousand acres be the same more or less also one other tract of land lying on the head of Pigs Basket Creek containing six hundred and forty acres including the cross roads also one other tract of land land containing six hundred and forty acres lying on the western waters of the state being a soldiers warrant to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Temperance Thomas Jackson child of Ann Jackson all my lands on both sides of Tar River lying within the following lines viz: SAMUEL BRYANT, MALPHASEA DANIEL OWENS, JULIAN KINGS, REUBEN WILLIAM'S, WILLIAM BRASWELL, JOSHUA STEPHENS, EDWARD PURSELL and JOHN WARRENS lines to the first station containing two thousand acres including all my lands between HENRY TAYLORS, ROBERT ROGERS, DRURY ALFORD, JESSE BASSES, MATHEW DRAKES, WILLIAM LINDSEYS and JOHN JONES'S line the plantatin known by the name of Harry's Place also one other tract of land containing upward of eight hundred acres lying on the waters of the back swamp including all my lands within the following lines, viz: THOMAS HILLS (Franklin County) JOHN WEBB, JOSIAH JOHNSON, MASSENGALS and ROBERT ROGERS lines be these several tracts of land more or less also one other tract of land containing six hundred and forty acres lying on the western waters of the state being a soldiers warrant to her and her heirs forever.
Item: My will and desire is that if either of my three children, daughters of Ann Jackson should die before they marry the lands of the deceased shall go to be equally divided between the surviving two and their heirs forever and in case two of the said children should die before they marry then the whole of their lands shall go to the surviving and her heirs forever and in case that all three of my children daughters of Ann Jackson should die before they marry then in that case it is my will and desire that all the lands willed to them should go to and be equally devided between BENNETT BODDIE, GEORGE BODDIE, JOHN CRUDUP and GEORGE CRUDUP to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto JULIAN KING one tract of land containing upwards of two hundred acres adjoining said Kings lines Robert Raswells, David Evans and George Wimberleys lines to his corner, thence along a line of marked trees made by said King and my self to a corner ash thence along anothe line of marked trees down Pig Basket to his own line to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto SOLOMON COTTEN five entrees of land of lying on the western waters of this state entered in JOHN ARMSTRONGS office in the name of WILLIAM MC DONALD and transfered by said McDonald to me containing one thousand acres each also two years boarding, clothing and schooling to same skillful teacher also one dark bay horse colt get by old Eclips upon my famous mare Stella also my best saddle and bridle to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Nephew GEORGE BODDIE five thousand acres of land made in one entry lying on the wates of the Tennessee entered in John Armstrongs office in my own name to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my nephew BENNETT BODDIE one gray mare by my famous gray mare.
Item: I give unto JACOB BUTTS a suit of good strong clothing and one years board and schooling.
Item: And whereas my trusty servant old PETER has been very faithful in his duty, it is my will and desire that he should live on my manner plantation without interuption and have enjoy all the privileges of a free man forever and that he shall have the use and porfit of his wife until a division of the other slaves hereafter named takes place shall further have the benefit of raising stock, and be allowed a sufficient quantity of ground to tend at the descretion of my executors and shall support and maintain himself and his wife and such of his children as are not able to earn their food and raiment.
Item: It is my will and desire that my blacksmith LEWIS shall be allowed the sue of his own shop and all the smiths tools thereunto belonging that he shall have the privilege of getting and bringing coal wood on any part of my lands that are most convenient he shall also be intitled to the use and service of his wife the benefit of raising stock living on my plantation and cultivating lands at the discrection of my executors shall also have the use and service of his two sons, PHIL and YORK on his paying into the hands of my exrs. the sum of fifty pounds annually until a division of the slaves hereafter named takes place then if he shall have taught his two sons Phil and York the balck smiths trade he shall be entitled to all the tools belonging to his own shop his own freedom and his wifes forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my three duaghtes by Ann Jackson the following negroes with their increase viz: GUAT, ABRAM, DINAH, CHINA, ISAAC, VINUS, BROOMFIELD, JIM, SYLVIA, DAVIE, SAM, MININ, JONAS, SOLIPHER, SIMON, FORTUNE, YELLOW, MAUCE and her child ISABELL, WILL, JESSE, JOE, AMY, NAN, HANNAH, BARBARA, MILLY, PHEBE, JACOB, ADDE, DANIEL, SAWYER, SAM, JENNY, CHARLES, ALICK, NANCE, ETTA, VENUS, LITTLE ROSE, JENNY, WINNY, CLARET, KIZZY, LITTLE PETER, DOROAS, LONDON, DELL, CAMDEN, BECK, COSAR, DIBY, KITTY, MOSES, PILNESER, GRACE, BEN, PHIL, YORK, ISHMAEL, LITTLE MELL, TONY, ROSE, LITTLE ABRAM, SAYER, JACOB, JULIUS, and Cambridge, together with all my cash in hand, certificates, stock in trade, debts due by bond or otherwise all and every thing else of my estate real personal or mixed that is not heretofore by this my last will bequeathed to be equally divided between them when they the said Mourning Thomas and Temperance, Margaret Thomas Jackson daughters of Ann Jackson arrive at the age of eighteen years or marry to them and the heirs of their bodies forever but if either of the said children by Ann Jackson should die before they arrive at the age of eighteen years or marries then and in that cause my will and esire is that the estate of the one deceashed should be equally divided between the surviving two to them and the heirs of their bodies forever and if two of the said children should die before they arrive at the age of eighteen years or marries then tha the portion of the two deceased shall descend to the surviving one and the heirs of her body forever but if all my daughters of Ann Jackson should die before they arrive at the age of eighteen years or marry and has issue thereby then the said negroes with their increase, money certificates, stock in trade and all other property which they are entitled to by this will shall go to and beequally divided between Bennett Boddie, George Boddie, Temperance and Mary Perry, daughters of Nathan Boddie, ELIZABETH BODDIE, Mourning Boddie and my two nieces RHODA RICKS and MOURNING ARRINGTON to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I do herby request and impower the exrs. of this my last will to have the new house finished as soon as convenient for the reception of Ann Jackson and my three daughters, also to have all the mourning apparel purchased that is given away by the will and the several expenses arising there from to be paid out of the cash in hand which I have given unto my three daughters, also all just debts and necessary expenses shall be paid out of the estate of my three daughters last mentioned.
Lastly I do hereby consititue and appoint my friends Nathan Boddie, William Boddie, Benjamin Hawkins, Shadrack Rutland, executors of this my last will and testament revoking and disanully all wills heretofore by me made in testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this seventeenth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight.
Signed, sealed, acknowledged in presence of WILSON VICK, SAMUEL WESTRY, THADDEUS BARNES, HARDY BROWN.
November Term, 1788
The foregoing will was duly proven in open court by the oath of Samuel Westry and Hardy Brown two subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion ordered to be recorded.
Attest Wm. Hall, C.C.
Nash County, North Carolina
Record of Wills, Book 1
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