Source: Orange County, North Carolina
Will Book A, Page 107-109
In the name of God Amen, the fifth day of November in the year of Lord 1769, I Samuel Yarbrough of in the County of Orange in the providence of North Carolina being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore 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. Principally and first of all I give and recommend my precious and immortal soul into the hands of God that gave it me and as for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner and at the direction of my executors whom here after I shall appoint nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall review the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life. After my just debts & funeral expenses are paid, I give devise & dispose of the same as followeth.
Viz. Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my beloved son William Yarbrough that tract of land lying in Amelia County where on his Grand Father formerly lived lying between Cold and Notaway and likewise a certain tract of land lying on Tarr River joyning to Robert Bumpus to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I lend to my beloved wife Sarah Yarbrough the plantation where on I now dwell and the part of land belonging thereto for and in during her natural life or widowhood.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved son Samuel Yarbrough the one half of the tract of land I now live on the lower end thereof but not disturbing or hindering his Mother therein to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved son John Yarbrough the other half of the said tract on upper end thereof not disturbing or hindering his Mother on the above conditions to him and his heirs forever.
Item. My will and desire is that that price of land that I removed from lying on both sides of Mallory's Creek? adjoyning to the tract I willed to my son William be sold and the money to come into the moveable estate.
Item. My will and desire is that my son William Yarbrough have one negro wench named Hannah but not to be removed nor no share to be taken by him for her for the insuring year to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved son Samuel Yarbrough at his arriving to the years of twenty one, one negro boy named Joe to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved son John Yarbrough one negro man named Sharper at his arriving to the years of twenty one to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Elizabeth Yarbrough one negro girl named Rachel at her arriving to the years of eighteen or at the day of her marriage to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Sarah Yarbrough one negro boy named Lewis at her arriving to the years of eighteen or at the day of her marriage to her & her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Lewcey Yarbrough one negro girl named Anakin at her arriving to the years of eighteen or at the day of her marriage to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give an bequeath to my beloved wife one negro winch named Beth to her & her heirs forever and I also send unto her two other negroes a man named Sam and a winch named Sue for and as long as she continues a widow but and if she marrys then those two to be equally divided amongst the children.
Item. My will and desire is that my beloved wife have the use and liberty of all stock at her discretion and likewise all my household furniture.
Item. My will and desire is that my estate be not appraised but that the legacies be delivered in kind as they are mentioned.
Item. I make constitute and appoint my beloved wife Sarah Yarbrough and William Yarbrough and John Bumpus sole executers of this my last will and testament ratifying and conforming this and no other to be my last will & testament.
In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand seal the day and date before mentioned. Samuel (his mark) Yarbrough (Seal)
Signed sealed & delivered to be his last will and testament in presence of:
Abraham Womack (Jr.?)
Orange County April Court 1770, The execution of the written will was proved in open court by the oath of Abraham Womack one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Tests, J. B. Nash, Clerk
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