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In the name of God Amen. I Abner AYCOCK of the County of Warren State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory thank God for the same, but considering the uncertainty of life, and that it is appointed for all men to die, do therefore make and declare this instrument my last Will and Testament. In the first place I beg leave to recommend my Soul to God who gave it me and my Body to the Earth to be buried as my Executors may think proper, and direct as to my property that it be divided & disposed of in the following manner.
I lend unto my beloved Wife Sally AYCOCK during her natural life, the Plantation whereon I now live, also three negroes, George, Daphney and Julia, One Gig and Harnifs, One bay mare (called Polly) to cows & calves her choices two Beds and furniture, One set of Walnut dining table, One pine table, half a dozen large Silver Spoons, also half a dozen small Silver Spoons, One dozen sitting chairs, One Bureau, One Walnut Side(?), One Candle Stand, One Safe, and six Hair trunks her choice, and at her death it is my wish that the land be equally divided (between) my Children, Henry Richard Samuel Clabourne, Abner William, Susan Polly & Sally and that the balance of the property which I've loaned my Wife day(?) negroes H. I wish equally divided between all my children, I also give unto my Wife one years maintinance to be allotted to her by my Executors
I give unto my Daughter Sally AYCOCK One negro woman named Sylvia and her increase, also one negro boy named Turner and one years maintinance to be allotted to her by my Executors.
I give unto my Daughter Susan LANCASTER the negro girl Judy and her increase & all the other property I have possessed her with, also one negro boy named Eaton.
I give unto my Daughter Polly SHAW the negro girl Eliza and her increase & all the other property I have possessed her with, also one negro boy named Haywood.
I give unto my Daughter Temperance KING also the property I have possessed her with, also Three hundred dollars to be raised out of my Estate, and deposited, in trust, with my friend William WILLIAMS and to be given to her as her real wants and necessities may require, I also lend unto her Fifty acres of land during her natural life, including and adjoining the Plantation whereon she now lives, and at her death I give the said land unto her daughter Temperance.
I give unto my son Abner AYCOCK one Bed & furniture,
I give unto my son William AYCOCK one Bed and furniture also my Smith tools. It is my wish that my black Smith Jerry be sold, together with all my Stock, Crop, Plantation utensils, Household & Kitchen furniture not heretofore given (at the discretion of my Executors) and the proceeds thereof applied to the payment of all just claims against my Estate, and the surplus should there be any I wish equally divided among all my Children,
The residue of my negroes and their increase I wish equally divided between my sons Henry, Ransom, Richard Samuel Clabourn Abner and William, but the part which may be drawn by or allotted to my son Henry is only loaned during his natural life, and at his death, I give the said negroes so drawn by him to his Daughter Eliza to her and her Heirs forever--
It is further my wish, that the Crop which may be growing or in cultivation at my decease, be made and bound(?), before a division of my Estate takes place.
I hereby nominate and appoint my son Ranson AYCOCK & my friend William WILLIAMS Executors to this my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this 25th. day of March 1823
The word "between" over the his
fifth line in second page Abner Aycock
interlined before signed- mark
Sign'd sealed & acknowledged in the presence of
James Johnston (Jurat)
James P. Powell (Jurat)
Warren County --May Court 1823
The execution of this last will and Testament of Abner AYCOCK Dec'd was proven in open Court by the oath of James JOHNSTON & James P. POWELL Subscribing witnesses thereto Wts. Whereopon Ransom AYCOCK one of the Executors herein named qualifies as such and took upon him Self the burden of the execution of the same
The above Will was transcribed from a xerographic copy from the North Carolina Sate Archives October 24, 1986 by Mary L. Wasz
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