WILL OF JAMES WALKER

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21 May 1803
Rockingham Co NC
NC State Archives

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In the name of God Amen I James Walker of /
Rockingham County and State of North Carolina /
Being weak of Body but of Sound mind and memory /
Do make ordain Constitute and appoint this my last /
Will and Testiment in form and manner following /
Viz to My Beloved Wife Ann I leave and Bequeath /
Her living of my Track of land also the use and /
work of my negro Man named Sam During her /
Natural life Also a Certain horse Called and known /
By the Name of Jack and one mare by the name /
of Rock likewise a Bed and furniture H___ & Kettle /
Furniture with my farming utensiels or as many /
as be sufficient for her use on said plantation /
Likewise one Cow and Calf & six head of Sheep which /
will Be Disposed as will be hereafter mentioned at My /
Said Wife's Death - /

Item to my Son William Walker I will & Bequeath the /
Sum of five Shillings -- /

Item to Daughter Jane Herron I will and Bequeath /
The Sum of thirty Dollars to her and her hares -- /

Item to my Daughter Nancy Hodge I Will and Bequeath /
The sum of thirty Dollars to her and her hares -- /

Item to my Son John Walker I will and Bequeath the half /
of one track of land which I now live on to be /
Divided and laid off on the South Side of Said track /
Begining at my Son Alexander Walkers South Corner /
and Running by a line that will be the most /
Advantageous to Both Tracks making an Eaquel Division /
to Each Track. I Also Bequeath to my Said Son one /
Mare Called Dimon one Bed and furniture one Cow and Calf /
and the Remainding Part of my farming utensiels likewise /
one young gray horse to him and his heirs forever /

Continued on the other Side -- /

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Item to my Daughter Betsy I Will & Bequeath a mare /
and Colt the mare Named Pleasure a Bead and /
Furniture a Cow & Calf a Sadle to her and her hares /

Item to my Daughter Mary I Will and Bequeath one /
Certain Gray Mare & sadle a Bed and furniture & /
one Cow and Calf to her and her hares -- /

Item to my Son Abram I Will & Bequeath the /
Other half of my Track of land Being my /
Improvemnts on the South Side of said track /
Except my wifes Mentenance out of Said part /
To him and his heirs forever. I also give my Said /
Son one Mare Named Ben and Choice of her Colt one /
Bed and furniture one Cow and Calf and the /
Plantation Utensiels I left to my Wife at her Death. /

Item I give to my son William Walkers son James the /
Sum of Tin Dollars to Be paid at my wifes Death /

Item I give to my Son Alexander Walkers son James /
The sum of ten dollars to be had at the time above /
mentioned -- /

I give to my two Sons John & Abram at my /
Wifes Decease my Said negro Man Called Sam /
to be Divided as they can best agree to them and there /
Heirs for Ever -- /

It is allso my will and desire that my Executors Collect /
My Debts & pay all my Just Debts & Leagecies and /
the Remaining part of ___ property I give and /
Bequeath to my Two ___ & to Daughters John and /
Abram Betsy and Mary to be Divided so as /
the Two Girls Gets as much more with the Boys /

Item to my son Alexander I Give the som of five /
Shillings -- /

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Item I Gave all the propperty that may be Remaining /
Which was Bequeathed to my Wife at her Decease to all my /
Said Leagetees to be Sold and Divided Equly. /

I Do Constitute and appoint my two sons William /
Walker And John Walker my hole & Sole Executors /
of this my will to see the sam Duly performed /
and Executed Revoking and Desenulling all Wills /
Heretofore made by me in Witness __ whereof I have /
Set my hand and fixt my seal this Twenty first /
Day of May AD 1803 --

Sined Seald Published and / {
Pronounced in Presents of / {
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A Coppy of James Walkers will /


Transcribed by Lin Van Buren

 

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