Halifax County, NC
Will Book 1, pages 200 & 201
In the name of God Amen! I Henry Harper of Halifax County in the providence of North Carolina being sick in body, but of perfect sense and memory, thanks be given to Almighty God for the same, do make constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows:
Imprimis: I lend unto my loving wife Rachel all my Estate both real and personal during the time of her widowhood and in case she does not marry again during her natural life.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Jacob, my negro boy Butcher and my negro girl Dineah, to him his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Samuel, my negro girl Dapney and one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Isaac all the land on the North side of the River Road it being part of the land which I bought of Richard Cureton to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Isaac my negro boy Ben, to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Reubin my negro boy Bacchus to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Joseph my negro girl Esther and one feather bed and furniture to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Fanny my negro girl Nell and her future increase to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten forever; and also I give her my ?
Item: I leave the fifty acres of land which I own on the land of my son Jacob, to be sold and the money from such sale to be equally divided between my sons Samuel and Joseph.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Ambrose my negroes Tom and Old Judy and young Judy and Cate be ? that my said son Ambrose will pay Eighteen pounds money to be disposed of as I shall hereafter mention. The said negroes to be sold and the money any from such sale after deducting Eighteen pounds I give to my son Ambrose.
Item: I give and bequeath the above mentioned Eighteen pounds (which my son Ambrose is to pay) to my three grand children Tabitha, and Vincent, and Mary the children of James ? Harper to be equally divided between them.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Henry the
part of my land lying on this side the road being the plantation I now live on: also I give and bequeath to my said son Henry my negro woman called Lett and my still and one feather bed and furniture to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: All the rest and residue of my Estate be it of what kind or quality so ever I desire may be sold and the money thence arising to be equally divided among all my children unless they then agree to divide it without diligent.
Lastly: I nominate and appoint my loving wife Rachel and my son in law Robert Green to execute this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord 1765.
N. B. My Will and desire is that if my son thereof should die without lawful issue that then my son Ambrose may inherit his part of the land, that is the plantation I live on but the rest of his estate, I desire may be divided among all my children. Henry Harper (Seal)
Signed sealed & delivered published & declared in the presence of us:
Samuel (his mark) Garland
Halifax County, July Court 1766.
The aforegoing Will was exhibited in Open Court by the Executors and duly proved by the oaths of Francis Reding and Samuel Garland two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, who on their oaths did say that they saw the Testator Henry Harper sign publish and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament and that they together with the other witness subscribed severally their respective names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the Testator and at his request & whereas ? on the Executors in the said Will named were duly qualified according to law. Thereupon the said Will was ordered to be recorded and is recorded.
Jas. Montfort, C. C.