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Will of George Gardner, 1817
Nash Co., NC


In the name of God, Amen. I, George Gardener, of Nash County and State of North Carolina, being of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed it be to God), do this twenty fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventeen make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner following. That is to say:

First, I lend my plantation whereon I now live containing five hundred and thirty nine acres to be the same more or less adjoining the land of John Ward, Elias Boon, and others, to my beloved wife, Sarry Gardener during her natural life and after her death, I give the same to my son, Holman Gardener, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son, George Gardener, my tract of land called the Blanton Place, adjoining the lands of Jos. Arrington, John Davis, and others containing five hundred and sixty eight acres be the same more or less, to him his heirs and assigns forever; also, one Negro man by the name of Squire also, one sorrel horse, bridal and saddle; one feather bed and furniture; one cow and calf, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sophrona Gardener, one Negro woman called Nancey, and her two children: one boy named Mingo, and girl called Marcia and their increases from this date; one feather bed and furniture; and one hundred dollars to be paid to her out of my estate; also one cow and calf, to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

Item: I give to my son, Holman Gardener, one Negro boy by the name of James; one bed and furniture: one cow and calf; and one hundred dollars to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my two grandchildren, Salley Arrington and Noel Arrington, one hundred dollars each to be paid to them out of my estate, to them and their heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my two daughters, Polly P. Darren and Martha A vent, the land and plantation I purchased of Nathan Ward containing one hundred and seventy acres be the same more or less -share and share alike, to them and their heirs and assigns forever.

Item: My will and desire is that all the property that I have given to my children that has left me of whatsoever kind should be theirs and I give them the same.

Item: All the rest and residue of my estate of whatsoever kind after my just debts and legacies are paid, I lend to my beloved wife, Salley Gardener as long as she lives and after her death, it is my will and desire that it should be sold and first pay Druscila Capbell, two hundred dollars; and the balance of it, it is my will and desire that it should be equally divided between my son, Holman Gardener, Polly P. Darin, Martha Avent, and Sophronia Gardener, and give them the same, to them, their heirs and assigns forever .

And I hereby make and ordain my friend, Joseph Arrington, Executor of this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof the said George Gardener have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and Seal the day and year above written.

George Gardner {Seal}

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by}
the said George Gardener, the }
Testator, as his last Will and Testament }
in the presence of us who were present at }
the time of signings and sealing thereof }

Benjamin W. Avent -Jurat
Nathanel Crump -Jurat
Elizabeth Avent
Nancy D. Blount

Nash County ---February Session 1819

The foregoing will was submitted for probate by the oath of
Benjamin W. Avent and Nathaniel Crump, both
subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion ordered
to be recorded.

William Hall, C. C.

And is recorded in obedience to the above order. Attest. William Hall, C. C.


Source: Copied from the Nash Co. Will Book 1, pg. 302, by C. K. Wilson.
Submitted by:  Ken Wilson


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