WILL OF HENRY WILLIAMS
CASWELL COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
April 12, 1785


IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I, Henry Williams of the County of Caswell and state of North Carolina Being in perfect health, thanks be to Almighty God for his mercies, and taking into Configuration the [indecipherable] and uncertainty of this Transitory life, and that it is appointed for all men to Die, Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, that
is to wit, First and principally I commend my soul unto almighty God my Creator assuredly Believing that I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sins, and be saved by the precious Death and merits of my Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Item. My Desire, first and last is that all my lawful Debts be paid off.

Item. I give and Bequeath to my Eldest son Daniel Williams Three Hundred and Forty Acres of Land taken off the North side of the Tract of land I purchased from John Henslee by and Cash and [indecipherable] line, and one Negro Boy named Jacob and one Negro Girl named Amey, a feather Bed and furniture, one Grey Horse, Two Cows and Calves; and two Ewes and lambs and other Household
furniture. Equal with Nancy Rice To him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give and Bequeath to my son Joseph Williams, the other Three Hundred Acres of land that I purchased of J. Henslee and also Two Hundred sixteen acres adjacent thereto lying on the waters of Tom's Creek; and one Negro Boy named James, one Negro Girl named Dinah, one Horse and saddle to the value of Twenty pounds, one Feather Bed and furniture, Two Cows and Calves, Four Ewes and lands and other Household furniture Equal with Nancy Rice to him and
heirs forever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my son Nathan Williams a Tract of land I purchased of Thomas Hood(?) Containing Three Hundred and Fifty acres and one Negro Boy named Tom, one Negro Boy named Tom, one Negro Girl named Phebe, one
horse and saddle to the value of Twenty Pounds, one Feather Bed and Furniture, Two Cows and Calves, Two Ewes and Lambs and other Household furniture Equal with Nancy Rice to him and his heirs for Ever;

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Henry Williams The Tract of land where I now live Called McMees Old Track at my wife's death or Intermarriage, and also one Hundred and Twenty seven acres of land lying on the waters of
Countryline Creek to be Equally Divided Between my four sons to support their other lands with Timber;

Item. I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Nancy Rice One mare and saddle, one Feather Bed and Furniture, Two Cows and Calves, Two Ewes and lambs, half Dozen pewter plates, Two pewter Basins, one Pewter Dish, one [indecipherable]
to her and her heirs forever. I also lend to my Daughter Nancy Rice one negro woman named Rachel and one Negro Boy Named Boy During her natural life & at her Death they and their Increase to be Equally Divided among the Heirs
of her body lawfully Begotten in wedlock.

Item. I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Williams one mare named Bownee, a woman's saddle, one Feather Bed and furniture, Two Cows and Calves, Two Ewes and lambs and other Household furniture Equal with Nancy Rice to her and her heirs forever; I also lend to my Daughter Elizabeth one Negro man named Sampson and fifty pounds During her Natural life & at her Death to be
Equally Divided Among the Heirs of her Body lawfully Begotten in wedlock;

Item. I give and Bequeath to my daughter Susannah Rice one Bed and furniture, one mare and saddle, half Dozen pewter plates, Two Pewter Basins, one pewter S {indecipherable}, one {indecipherable} pott, one Iron skillet, all which she has already Received. And also Two Cows and Calves, Two Ewes and lambs to her and her heirs forever. I also lend to daughter Susanna Rice one Negro Girl named Prose and one negro Boy named Simon, During her natural life and at her death to be Equally Divided and their Increase among the heirs of her Body lawfully Begotten in wedlock;

Item. I give and Bequeath to my daughter Ursuly Duke Peoples one Feather Bed and furniture, one woman's saddle, half Dozen pewter plates, two pewter Basins, one pewter Dish, one iron skillet, all of which she has already
received. I likewise give her a mare Colt Mare Come out of Bounce and one {indecipherable} pott, Two Cows and Calves, Two Ewes and lambs to her and her heirs forever; I also lend to my Daughter Ursuly Duke Peoples one Negro Boy
named Peter and one Negro girl named Jane During her natural life and at her Death they and their Increase to be Equally Divided among the Heirs of her Body lawfully Begotten in wedlock.

Item. I give to my Daughter Sally Brooks one Feather Bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever; I also lend to my daughter Sally Brooks {indecipherable} During her natural life and at her Death to be Equally Divided among the Heirs of her Body lawfully Begotten in wedlock;

Item. I give to my daughter Jane Williams my manner plantation and all my {indecipherable} that is not mentioned in my former legacies and four work horses, and all the remaining {indecipherable} of my stock of cattle, Hogs and Sheep and Two Beds and furniture, the remaining part Kitchen furniture During her widowhood to maintain and school the children upon. But if she should intermarry I appoint that all my Estate Be taken off of her hands Except five Negroes (to witt) Frank, Sall, Fanny, Sara, little Hannah, and one Feather Bed and furniture which I lend her During her natural life and at
her Death to be Equally Divided between my sons and daughters of their heirs and my granddaughter Mary Slade and all the rest of my Estate Be it of what kind or Quality soever I appoint that it Be sold and the money arising therefrom to be Equally Divided among my sons and Daughters and my Grand Daughter Mary Slade or their Heirs; I also appoint that if my Daughter Elizabeth should live longer than her mother's widowhood that at her
Intermarriage my Daughter Elizabeth and her Estate, I leave to be conducted by my son-in-law William Rice and if she should Die without Heirs that then all her Estate Except her Negroes leave to William Rice and her Negroes I
leave to be Equally Divided with the other parts of my Estate that is Divided;

Lastly I appoint my Wife, and my son-in-law William Rice and my son Daniel Williams at the arrival of Twenty-one years of age whole and sole Executors and Executrix of this my last will & Testament to be performed in witness
whereof I do hereunto sign my hand and seal this Twelfth Day of April One Thousand seven Hundred and Eighty five.

Henry Williams

Sign, seal, published and Declared
in presence of

John Henslee (Seal)
William Brown (Seal)
Thomas Rice

Excrs.
Elizabeth Williams,
William Rice,
Qualify ______ of Death(?)

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Caswell County, North Carolina
Book B
Page 217

Estate of Henry Williams, accounts paid to Donaldson & Stott of Petersburg, Charles Dixon, Lawrence Vanhook, Wyat Stubblefield, John Rice Sen., P. Williamson, Benjamin Hubbard, John Windsor, John McCully, Benj. Spencer,
Edwd. Elam, Geo. Barker Sen., Lanslot Johnston, Empson Baird, James Gooch, Stephen Williamson.
Expenses paid for carriage of tobacco to Petersburg 5 lbs. 18 shillings.
Paid John McCulley for shoeing horses to carry tobacco to Petersburg 1 lb. 9
sh. 6p.
1786.