Submitted by Edith Northam
August Term, 1864
Thomas Northam sen? of the County of Guilford and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and Declare this my last will and testament in manner And form following that is to say
First That my executor hereinafter named shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and Friends and pay all funeral expenses together with my Just debts howsoever and to whomsoever owing out of the money that may First come into his hands as a part or parsol of my estate.
Item I give and devise to my son John the sum of three hundred Dollars in cash
Item I give and devise to my son George the sum of one dollar cash
Item I give and devise to my son Henry the sum of one dollar in cash
Item I give and devise to my daughter Absala one milch cow
Item My will and desire is that all my lands and personal property not otherwise Disposed of in this will to be sold by my Executor at public sale to the highest bidder And all the debts owing to me collected And the residue if any after paying the Amount above mentioned & willed to my sons John George & Henry to be equally Divided & paid over between my six daughters for their use And their children onley, namely Absala Mary wife of Salathiel Fisher Betsey wife of Asa Hodges Nancy wife of Yancy Bartly Rachel wife of Smith Benefield Lewisa wife of Newton Polk
And lastly I do hereby constitute and Appoint my son John Northam my lawful Executor to all intents and purposes To execute this my last will and Testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same And every part clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and
testiments By me heretofore made In witness whereof I the said Thomas Northam do hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th of January A. D. 1858
Thomas (his mark) Northam
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Thomas Northam to be
his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and
in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto
Wm. L. Kirkman
North Carolina }
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Guilford County } August Term, 1864
The execution of the within & forgoing will is duly proven, in open Court, by the oath and examination of Wm. L. Kirkman, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, & the same is ordered to be recorded and filed
Whereupon, John Northam, the Executor named in said Will, is duly qualified as such, in open Court, by taking the oath prescribed by law.
Lyndon Swain C. C. C.