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Matthew Strickland
Last Will and Testament - WAKE COUNTY WILL Bk."B", pp. 45 & 46
May 7, 1826
Of Wake County, North Carolina

     IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN: I Mathew Strickland of the County of Wake and State of N. C., having my natural reason and common understanding and sound memory, blessed by to God for the same, but not well as to health and knowing the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die, I do hereby make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: that is... after paying all my just debts, I leave in the following manner (viz),

      I give and bequeath to my daughter FRANCES R. GREEN the following property, one tract of land on the waters of Little River adjoining the lands of Zadoak Bell and others beginning on a white oak in Haisi Bell r s line on the East Sullasses Branch running thence 0/88 East 98 poles to a popular on the Wattcry Branch, Bryant Green^s corner and William A. Greeny corner, thence south East 292 poles to a scrub oak,in field, thence a west course with a line of marked trees to a stake and small mulberry bush in the field, Mathew Strickland's corner, thence... ____ north with said Strickland's line the crook of Sulasses Branch at the upper end of the March field and near the end of a long ditch, thence up the various courses of said branch to the beginning containing 200 acres more or less. To FRANCIS R. GREEN the following negroes (viz): Negro Giney and her nine children, Sina, Louis, Andrew, Charrity, Surry, Fethy, Mariah, Adam and Lucy. Also three does and lambs, three sows and pigs, also two beds, bedsteads and furniture, one bureau and one chest, also my clock and riding gig and harness to her and the lawful heirs of her body forever.

     I give and bequeath to my son JOHN P. STRICKLAND all of my lands lying on the north side of the Sandy Branch, that I have not above disposed of beginning where said branch empties into Little River, thence up said branch to the fork, thence up the south prong to the head to a pine, Mathew Strickland's corner thence east with said Mathew Strickland's line to Lessee Burn's lines or the heirs of the said Burns, Dec'd. Also my lands lying on the south side of Little River adjoining Hartsfield and others. I also give and bequeath to son John P. Strickland the following negroes viz, Neely, Reecy, Parker and Calvin which he has received to him and his heirs forever.

I give and bequeath to my executors or executor hereafter mentioned the following property. Two hundred and fifty seven acres of land, be the same more or less, lying on the south side of Little River adjoining the lands of James Chamlee and others whereon Josiah Massey now lives. One negro girl by the name of Dice in trust for the sole and separate use of my daughter REBECCA MASSEY wife of Josiah Massey during the time she shall remain married to her husband without the said property being in any manner subject to the control or disposal of her said husband or subject to pay his debts. My will is that after the death of my daughter Rebecca Massey that the above tract of land be divided equally between her three daughters (viz) Susan Massey, Harriet Massey and Nancy Massey. It is my will and request after the death of daugh­ter Rebecca Massey for the negro girl Dice that I have left in trust for my said dau­ghter to go to my granddaughter Roney Ellen Massey and her heirs forever and if my daughter Rebecca Massey should decease before my granddaughter Roney E. Massey should come of age or marry, my will is for the said girl Dice to remain in the possession of my executor and hired out for my said granddaughter until either circumstance takes place.

I give and bequeath to my grandson, PETER K. HOPKINS, one negro boy by the name of Richard and by his paying two hundred and fifty dollars to my executor and the money arising to go as the reside of my estate hereafter directed.

I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Hiscey C?) Hopkins, one girl negro by the name of Dilly to her and her heirs forever.

I give and bequeath to my granddaughter. Marry Harriott, one negro boy by the name of Hunsel to her and her heirs forever.

I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Mary Massey, one negro girl by the name of Leseday, to her and her heirs forever.

I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Ameryllis Perry, one negro girl by the name of Levenia to her and her heirs forever.

I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Eliza Perry, one negro girl by name of Sory to her and her heirs forever.

I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Frances Perry, one negro girl by the name of Little Agnes to her and her heirs forever.

I give and bequeath to my grandson, Willie Hopkins, one negro girl by the name of Uricken by his paying to my executors one hundred and fifty dollars before he takes said negro in his possession, and on neglecting or refusing to do so for my executor hereafter to be mentioned to sell her and the money arising from said sale in either case to go as the residue of my estate hereafter directed.

I give and bequeath to my son, Mathew Strickland, one negro boy by name of Lot, by his paying $500 to go as the residue of my estate hereafter directed, and on refusing to do so the negro must be sold and the money appropriated as above directed and I further give my son Mathew Strickland twelve months after he gets said negro in his possession. I also leave with my son Mathew Strickland the following negroes: Amy, Sillar and Lucy and girl Candis to have their support out of the money arising from the residue of my estate. It is my will for the County Court to appoint three freeholders to make such allowances to son Mathew Strickland as they think will be sufficient to support the above named negroes - Amy, Sillar, Lucy and Candis, their lives, and to pay other charges and for him to have the same, allowed out of the residue of my estate or the money arising from the same and should negro girl Candis ever have any children, I give and bequeath the same-to son Mathew Strickland and his heirs forever.

It is my will for my executors to sell the residue of my estate on a credit and the money arising from said sales that is not appropriated as above, to be equally divided between the surviving heirs of my daughters’ that I have not above given anything to (viz) the heirs of my daughter Mary Hopkins formally wife of John Hopkins, Nancy Hopkins, Jane Hopkins, Ruthy Perry and Rebecca Massey. It is my request for my executor or executors hereafter mentioned to keep each legatees part, that is not of age, in his or their hands and pay the same over to them as they come of age or marries, and for him or them to have five persent allowed him or them out of each legatees part he keeps in his or their hands. Whenever he pays the same over to said legatees to pay him for his trouble, and for my executor to put such money as remains in his hands for said legatee, out at interest.

As for the land and negroes or most of them that I intended for my son Mathew Strickland, show given him written conveyance which I deem sufficient.

I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Mathew Strickland executor to this my last Will and Testament in writing hereof. I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the seventh of May and in the year of our Lord 1826.

FOWLER, JR EW HARTSFIELD MATHEW STRICKLAND, SR,

WAKE COUNTY MAY TERM 1?29: The above last Will and Testament of Mathew Strickland, Sen. was exhibited in open court for probate and proved by the oaths of Jas. Fowler and Andrew Hartsfield, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

[Mary Perry was married to Matthew Strickland, she was the daughter of John Perry, Franklin County, NC]