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WILL OF GEORGE BROWN  

The following is the will of George Brown,  the father of General Thomas Brown of Bladen County.

In the name of God "Amen"

The 20th day of March 1782, I George Brown of Bladen County, North Carolina being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be unto God wherefor calling unto mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed for 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 lands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life. I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth the third of the use of my plantation whereon I now live and one negro wench named Phebe and one fourth part of my cattle and sheep and one third of my household furniture for and during her natural life or ______ and if any part thereof be left at her death to be divided between my sons George and Richard Brown and my daughter Mary Brown and Peggy White Brown

Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Brown two hundred acres of land one hundred acres at the White Marsh and one hundred on the Hog Swamp adjoining David Willis lands likewise an equal part of my cattle with the rest of my children to him his heirs and assigns forever

Item I give and bequeath to my son John Brown one hundred acres on Hog Swamp joining Samuel Smith's land also one negro man named David to him his heirs and assigns forever

Item I give and bequeath to my son George Brown three hundred acres of land on Drowning (tract adjoining the lands of Ed Barby and also one negro man by the name of Murphy to him and his heirs forever

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Richard Brown the plantation where I now live five hundred acres of the same more or less to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Euphemia Oliphant one negro boy named Bristo to her and the lawful heirs of her body forever

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Brown one negro girl named Lucy to be delivered to her at marriage or when twenty one years of age to her and her heirs and assigns forever

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Peg White Brown one negro girl named Chloa to be delivered to her at her marriage or when twenty one years of age to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

Item I give and bequeath the remainder of my sheep and cattle to my sons, John George and Richard Brown my daughter Euphemia Oliphant Mary Brown and Peggy White Brown to be equally divided and household furniture.

Item I give and bequeath to my sons Richard Brown Mary and Peggy White Brown all my horses and hogs for the home use

Item I will that my lower field next to the mouth of the Creek be rented for four years towards schooling and bringing up Mary Brown, Peggy White Brown and my cousin Mary Russ

Item I do constitute make and ordain Thomas Brown John Brown and Richard Brown my sole executors to this my last will and testament

And I do hereby utterly dismantle ___ and disallow all and any other former testament with legacies and bequests and Executor by me in my way before made named will or bequeath satisfying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament

In witness whereof I have assigned of my hand and seal the day and year first said written

Signed sealed published

Pronounced and declared

In the presence of us

David Russ George Brown {seal}

Simon Smith

Benjamin Humphrey

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Compiled by Sonya Brown
Date Created: May 6, 2000

Source: Records of Wills; Bladen County 1762-1892, Vol I.
Obtained from Bladen County Public Library/Brown Family Files

 

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