Last Will and Testament
In the name of God amen. I John Tatum of Stokes County and State of North Carolina am very weak of body but of perfect mind and memory do make this my last will and testament. First of all I give my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner and my Spirit to God who gave it and all and every of my worldly goods and possessions to be disposed of in the following manner. Viz. I lend and give to my beloved wife Milly Tatum all my land during her natural life also one bed and furniture and all the kitchen utensils also one bay mare know by the name Herod. and also two cow and calves also one negro girl Silvey my stock of hogs I leave for the use of my family. I leave my son Edward Tatum five shilllings. I also leave Aaron Barrer five shillings. I also leave Ely Graham five shillings. I also bequeath to my son John Tatum all the land lying and being on the west side of his spring branch down to the old forde. I leave my son Thomas Tatum the plantation whereon he now lives with one hundred acres of land at the north end of mine the line to be quite a crop from east to west. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Tatum one negro girl named Selah together with one bed furniture. I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Tatum one negro boy Ben together with one bed and furniture. I give to my beloved sons Seth and William Tatum all the land whereon I now live together with one young boy mare and one hundred and fifty dollars which my son Seth Tatum owes me to be equal divided between them at their own descretion. I give more over to my son William Tatum one horse fold and one bed and furniture. I also give to my son Seth Tatum one bed and furniture. I give to my daughter Mary Tatum one cow and calf. Also I give my daughter Lucy one cow and calf. I give to my son Seth Tatum one cow and calf. I give also to my son William Tatum one cow and calf and the balance of my property to be sold and my just debts paid as witness my hand this twenty eight day of July in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand eight hundred and three.
Signed in the presence of us: John Tatum
John F. New jurat
Stokes County September term 1803
The executor of the last will and testament of John Tatum. Du.~ if which the forgoing is a true copy was duly proven in open court by the oath of John F. New and is ordered to be recorded which is accordingly done.
Rob. Williams CC
Will Book 2, pages 38 and 39, Stokes County, Danbury, North Carolina