I James Henderson of the County of Mecklenburg and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering, the undertainty of any earthly existance [sic] make & declare, this my last will and Testament in manner and form follows [sic]
1 That my Executor (hereinafter named) shall provide for my body a decent burial [__________] to the wishes of my relations & friends and pay all funeral expences [sic] together with any just debts, howesoever [sic] and to whomsoever oweing [sic] out of the moneys that may Just come into his hands as a part or parcel of my Estate
Item 2d I give and devise to my Son Wm. L. Henderson the plantation on which I now live containing One Hundred and Twenty four Acres more or lefs to be his and his heirs forever, also all my personal and p[eri]shable property of every description except one bedsted [sic], bed and furniture, one Bureau and one Small Table, which I will to my Grand Son William S. P. Henderson, Son of my Son R. H. Hendeson [sic]
Item 3d I allow my son Wm L. Henderson to pay to my daughter Martha Bradly the sum of Sixty Dollars, also to my Daughter Isabella N. Henderson, the sum of Ninety Dollars, also to my Son Hugh E. Henderson, the sum of Sixty Dollars, also my daughter Jane A. Shields, the sum of Sixty Dollars, and my Grandson, Wm. S. P. Henderson, the sum of Thirty Dollars, And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my Son Wm. L. Henderson, to execute, this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all Wills and Testaments, by me heretofore made. In Testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the 4 day of April 1855.
Jas. Henderson (seal)
Signed & Sealed in presence of us who at the request of the sd Jas. Henderson subscribe our names witnefses to his will
E. B. D. Sloan
A. H. C. G[_____]sy
Copy of will submitted by Helen Skerry. Transcription by Susan Shields Sasek.
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