North Carolina State Archives
Wayne County, NC - Original Will
Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
June the 20th 1853
I Zelpha Northam of the county of Wayne and State of NC being of sound
mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existance
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 expences together with my just debts however and whomsoever owing out of the money that may first come into his hands, as a part or parcel of my estate.
Item - I give and bequeath to my son Phillip one bed sted and suitable furnature his choice also one yellow chest (his farthers) which I want my executor to buy at the sale of my husband and pay withe the moneys that shall come to me from the from the undivided estate of my husband, to have and hole forever.
Item - I give to my daughter Ophelia one bed, sted and suitable furnature her choice, also one chest (called mine) which I want my executor to buy at the sale of my husband and pay with the money that shall come to me from the undivided estate of my husband, to have and hole forever.
Item - I give to my son Martial fifty dollars one large trunk (his Farthers) two good bed quilts and two whole countypins which I want my executor to pay with the money that shall come to me from the undivided estate of my husband to have and hold forever.
Item - I give to my son Benjamin one negro girl say worth five or six hundred dollars, (or I do not know whi ones may fall to me from my husbands estate) also my gold watch one chest his farthers two bed quilts two white countypins to have and hold forever.
Item - I give to my son Norman all other property, that may fall to me from my husbands estate negroes money and all herein not mentioned to have and hold forever.
and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend Rufus Cox my lawfull executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same.
In witness, whereof I the said Zelpha Northam do hereunto set my hand seal this 20 June 1853.
L. D. Howell Zelpha Northam
Temperance E. Howell
Wayne County Feb. Term 1854
Then was the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of Zelpha Northam produced in open Court & offered for probate upon the oath of Levi D. Howell one of the subscribing witnesses thereto when the same was duly proven. Whenupon Rufus Cox the Executor therein named came into Court & was qualified as Executor thereto & ordered to be recorded.
Ben Aycock, Clk.
I Benj. Aycock Clerk of the court of Pleas & quarter sessions of Wayne County hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the will of Zelpha Northam dec'd taken from the original filed in my office.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal of our said court at Goldsboro this 1st day of May A. D. 1857.
Benj. Aycock Clk