In the name of God Amen. I Robert Henderson of the State of No Carolina & County of Mecklenburg being in a Sick & low condition but Sound in mind & memory blefsed be God for it & calling to mind the uncertainty of Life & the mortality of my body & that it was appointed for all [once] to die; Do make this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following Viz First I recommend my Soul to God who gave it me [sic] & my body to the Earth from whence it was taken nothing doubting but that I shall [_________} it again at the General Resurrection thro' the mighty power of my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, & also I do [order] myself a decent Interment at the discretion of my Executor herein after named. Item I do Will & bequeath unto my [_____] beloved Wife Isabella Henderson her mare & Saddle [_____] Children is to have the plantation tools & all the household furniture, the two work Horses, some Cows, Hogs & Sheep & is to live together & work the plantation during her Widowhood, but if she is married again; I do allow all the personal Estate to be Sold & her to get the one third & the other two thirds to be equally divided amongst my Daughters allowing Hannah the value of the mare now Willed to her lefs than any of the rest. Item I do Will & bequeath unto my Well beloved daughter Hannah the bay [four] year old filly & a new Saddle to be made for her: Item I Will & bequeath unto my well beloved Son Wm Henderson the Sorrel Mare Colt & a new Saddle & Rifle gun; & to my son Richard the smoothe bored gun Item I do Will & bequeath unto my two sons Wm & Richard Henderson if they are obedient to their mother & do their duty to her & the rest of the children that plantation which I purchased from Thomas McLure to be equally divided betwixt them when they come of age but till then it is to be rented to the best advantage & the rent to be put to the use of Schooling & Clothing my Children & William [_____] to [_____], [Wm] & Richard ten pound [sic] in Money which is to be [equally] divided amongst my daughters-- Item I do Will & bequeath unto my two Sons John & James Henderson the plantation wh[_____] I now live on to be equally divided betwixt them when they come [_____] But till then it is to be put to the use of Raising Schooling and Clothing my Children & my beloved wife Isabella is to [_____] [_____] living off it during her Widowhood & if she [never] marries [_____] during life, & my lands on Beaverdam Joining David Dixon to be Sold & the money to be Equally divided amongst my Daughters & by these presents I do impower my Execut[___] [_____] of them to make a Deed of Sale for the [s]ame as for the child yet unborn I do Will & bequeath if a boy what la[___] can be purchased on the Western Waters with my [__________] no land can be got for them he must have an equal part [__________] my Daughters & if a Daughter she is to Share an equal part in the rest [_____] that land if any to be sold & equally divided among my Daughters I do Allow the two year old filly to b[e] kept along with the two horses for the use of the family, and the Sorrel mare & her three year old filly to be sold & what can, can pofsibily [sic] be spared--- And Lastly I do nominate [__________] my well beloved Nephew William Henderson, [Junr] [_____] beloved cousin John Sharpe to be my Executors of this [__________] Will & Testament In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & affixed my Seal this October the 5 1788--
Robert Henderson (seal)
Signed Sealed & delivered in Presense [sic] of
Copy of will submitted by Helen Skerry. Transcription by Susan Shields Sasek.
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