Judy, here is a transcript of Stephen Hendrick's will. I just recv'd a copy of the original. This will was probated in both Mecklenburg Co., Va. and in Granville Co., N.C. This line of Hendricks had holdings in both locations. You will find Stephen listed in the 1820 Granville Co., N.C. census.
In the Name of God Amen.
I, Stephen Hendrick of the County of Mecklenburg & the State of Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory do make this my last will and testament in manner & form following.
Item 1st-I give and bequeath unto George & Alexander Hendrick, sons of John J. Hendrick my negro woman Mehaly and her three children, to wit: Martha, Solomon & Swan & their future to them and their heirs & assigns forever. Nevertheless I give the use of said Negro and their future increase to my son John J. Hendrick as long as he lives if he thinks proper to keep them in his possesion(sic) for his own use only, but he may at any time, at his own option give them up to the said George & Alexander or their heirs if he thinks proper to do so.
Item 2-I give and bequeath unto my grand children William Hendrick, Thomas Hendrick, and John Hendrick who are the children of my deceased son Thomas Hendrick the following Negro. (viz.) Lewis. The said Negro Lewis to be sold to the highest bidder & proceeds arising from the same to be eaqually(sic) divided between the aforesaid children & also one bond due from Hartwell W. Hargroove for Three hundred Dollars to be paid at the death of my wife, Mary Hendrick, which amount is to be eaqually(sic) divided between said children as asforesaid. The above mentioned is for the purchase of a negro boy named Wiley. If the said negro boy should die before my wife Mary Hendrick, then the above mentioned bond to be null & void if not to remain in full force & virtue. Also I give & bequeath all of my perishable estate to the three aforesaid children which is to be sold to the highest bidder & the proceeds to be eaqually(sic) divided between said children. In the event nowever that William, Thomas and John should die before they get the aforesaid property in possession then & in that case the same is to go to my Grand daughter Lucy W. Hargroove.
It is my wish & desire that there shall be no inventory or appraisement of my estate. I hereby appoint John Read executor to this my last will & testament with a desire that when this will is prooved or recorded that the court may not rule him to give security for his faithful performance as executor. Witness my hand & seal this the 27th day of May 1839.
William A. Chapman
Robt. H. Read
Probated in February Court 1848, Granville Co., N.C.
Please take note that he names his wife MARY Hendrick in his will. I have a copy of his original marriage bond to Molley Johnson in Warren Co., N.C. It must be assumed that Molley died and he married Mary.
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