Will dated November 15, 1759
Probated December 18, 1759

Granville County, North Carolina.
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WILL of DANIEL WILLIAMS
GRANVILLE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
[Early Granville wills were filed in Raleigh County, North Carolina]

In the name of God Amen. The Fifteenth day of November One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Nine. I Daniel Williams of Granville County being Sick in Body, But of good and Perfect Memory, Thanks be to God, and calling to Remembrance the uncertain State of the transitory Life, Do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in Manner and Form following. First being Penitent for my Sins most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same, I commend my Soul unto Almighty God and trusting to the Merits of My Blessed Redeemer for the Remission of all my Sins, and my Body I commit to the Earth to be Recently Buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned. And for the Setting of my Worldly Estate, I do order give and dispose the same in manner and form following.

Impremis. I lend to My Loving Wife during her natural Life Three Negroes. Viz. Will Sue and Hester. Twelve head of Cattle such as she choose.

Gelding One Black Gelding known by the name of Buck. One Good Feather Bed and Furniture and also all my Household Goods which I do not Give in the after part of this my Last Will and Testament and after her my Loving Wife's Death, the said Negroes Will, Sue and Hester, the said Cattle and the Horses the Bed and Furniture and the House hold Goods I desire may be equally Divided among my Seven Children (Viz.) Merya Goodman, Henry Williams, John Williams, James Williams, Joseph Williams, Mary Mitchell and Daniel Williams each of their equal Shares I give to them their issue and assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to My Son in Law Benjamin Goodman his heirs and Assigns forever Two hundred acres of Land being the Land and Plantation where he now Lives Bounded by Trents Line the Ridge path so far as to include the said Two Hundred Acres with a West Line run from said Ridge Path to Capt. Mitchells Line I Give and Bequeath to my Son John Williams Three Hundred and Fifty Acres by Estimation it being the land I purchased of Richard Bullock to him his heirs and Assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Sons James Williams and Joseph Williams Eight Hundred Acres of Land Lying in Halifax County in Virginia to be equally Divided Between them to their heirs and assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Son Daniel Williams Four hundred Acres of Land and Plantation where I now Live to him his heirs and Assigns forever.

Item. I Lend to my Daughter Marya Goodman during her natural Life Three Negroes Viz. Major, Jenny and Patt and at her the said Marya Decease I give and Bequeath the said Negroes and their increase to be equally Divided among the issue of the said Marya Goodman to their heirs and assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Son Henry Williams Two Negroes (Viz.) Amy and Sam also the use of a Mullatto fellow named West Banks to serve to the Age of Twenty One years to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my son John Williams Three Negroes Viz. Sarah, Davy and Matt to him his heirs and Assigns forever.

item. I Give and Bequeath to my son James Williams Three Negroes (Viz.) Brisher, Lucy and Robin to him his heirs and Assigns forever.

item. I Give and Bequeath to my son Joseph Williams Three Negroes (Viz.) Cupid, Nann and Cate to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Mitchell Four Negroes (Viz.) Sambo, Grace, Dick and Rachel to her her heirs and Assigns forever.

Item. I Lend to my Dear and Loving Wife Ursula Williams during her natural Life Six head of Sheep of her choosing also Twelve head of Hogs of her choosing and after her Death to be equally Divided amongst my Seven Children Merya Goodman, Henry Williams, John Williams, James Williams, Joseph Williams, Mary Mitchell and Daniel Williams which said Stock I give to them their Heirs and Assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Youngest Children Viz. James Williams, Joseph Williams, Mary Mitchell and Daniel Williams all my Stock of Cattle Sheep and Hogs (accepting what is before mentioned) to be equally Divided amongst them to them their heirs and Assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my son James Williams one Horse named Jackone good Feather Bed and Furniture to him his Heirs and Assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my son Joseph Williams one Stallion named Bound and one good Feather Bed and Furniture to him his heirs and Assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Mitchell one Horse known by the name of Dart to her her heirs and Assigns forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my son Daniel Williams one Black Horse called Dophin one Black Mare with Fold [sic] known by the name of Bonny and one good Feather Bed and Furniture to him his heirs and Assigns forever.

After my Dear and Loving Wife's Decease I Give and Bequeath to my Seven Children Viz. Merya Goodman, Henry Williams, John Williams, James Williams, Joseph Williams, Mary Mitchell and Daniel Williams all my Estate whether Real or Personal, not above mentioned to be equally Divided amongst them to them their Heirs and Assigns forever.

And I hereby make constitute and Appoint my dear and Loving Wife Ursula Williams Executrix. John Williams and James Williams Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby Revoking and Disanulling and making Void all former Wills by me made, and declaring this only to be my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand And affixed my seal the Day and year first above mentioned.

Daniel Williams {Seal}

Signed Sealed and Delivered
In the Presence of
Luke (his mark) Waldrup
William Sims

Granville County SS.
At a Court held for the sd. Court at the Court House
the 10th day of December 1759.

The above last Will and Testament of Daniel Williams decd.
was proven in open Court by the oathes of Luke Waldrop
& William Sims.

Evidences thereto & on Motion ordered to be Certified.
And at the same time the Executors therein nominated was qualified according to Law.

Daniel Weldon C.C.