THE WILL OF CHRISTIAN FENDER, SR.
In the Name of God Amen August 30th 1793. I, Christian Fender, of the County of Surry and State of North Carolina, Farmer, Being Weak of Body but perfect mind and Memory, thanks be to God for the same, Therefor Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die, Do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament. That is to Say Principally and first of all I Recommend my Soul unto the Hands of God that gave it, Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection with my Body which I recommend to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like and Decent manner at the Discretion of my Executor I shall receive the Same by the mighty power of God And as Touching such Worldly Estate where with it has pleases Almighty God to Help me with in my Life, I Give, Devise and Dispose of in the following manner and Form. Imprimis, It is my Will and I do Order that all my Just Debts, and Funeral Charges be paid and Satisfied. Item, I Give and Bequeath Unto Mary Fender my well Beloved Wife, my Whole Personal Estate of Land, Household Goods and Movables, Horses, Cows, Hogs. During her Natural Life, Only upon my Decease. It is my Will and I Do Order that my Son Michael Fender, My Son Henry and my Son John Fender, Each of them receive a Horse Creature and a Cow, when They Arrive to the age of Twenty-One years. Item, I give also to my Two Daughters, Sarah and Catherine Fender at or on the Day of Marriage, One Cow and Calf and One Bed Each. And at the Decease of my Said Wife Mary Fender, all of my Whole and personal Estate to be Equally Divided as She shall see Cause Between my Sons Gabriel, Nimrod, Michael, Henry and John Fender And my Daughter Mary Hoppis, Sarah Fender and Catherine Fender. I also Ordain, Constitute, appoint my well Beloved Wife, Mary Fender and my well Beloved Son, Gabriel Fender, my whole and Sole Executrix and Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly Disallow, Revoke and Disannul, all and Every Form and Testament, Wills, Legacies and Executrias and Executors By me and any wise before Named Willed and Bequeathed, Ratifying and Conforming this and no Other to be my Last Will and Testament. Whereof, I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal, The Day and Year First above Written. Signed Sealed Published pronounced and Declared by the said Christian Fender. Christian Fender, mark,seal. In the Presence of us the Subscribers : Jn. Castevens and Henry Hamrick