Rockingham County NC

Will of Joshua Wright, April 14, 1794
(Submitted by Lisa Savage)


In the name of God amen. I Joshua Wright Senior of the State of North Carolina and County of Rockingham being feable and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory, Thanks be to almighty God for his great mercies.... calling to mind the mortality of my mind and knowing ... that it is appointed for all men once to see , do make and ordain this
my last will and testament that is today principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent christain burial at the discretion of my executors   but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the might power of God and us . Touching such worldly estate were within it has pleased God to bless  in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form... 

First I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife, Hester Wright, one negro woman named Patience

I also give and bequeath unto my eldest son Joshua Wright the sum of five shillings current money.... it being his full part of any personal  and real estate. 

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Charity Charles Craft five shillings current money it being her full part of my personal and  real estate. 

I also give and bequeath unto my son Cannady Wright five shillings, current money it being his full part of my personal and real estate. 

I also give a bequeath unto my son Edward Wright, five shillings current money it being his full part of my personal and real estate. 

I also give and bequeath unto  my son Constant Wright five shillings current money it being his full part of my personal and real estate. 

I also give and bequeath unto my son Josiah Wright one negro boy named Jack, to him and his heirs forever... 

I also give give and bequeath unto my daughter Hester Wright one negro girl named Silvey to her and her heirs forever. 

I also give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Wright one negro girl named Rhoda to him and his heirs forever. 

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Wright one negro woman name Phillis, to her and her heirs forever. 

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Wright one negro man named Moses to her and her heirs forever. 

I also give my said son William Wright one negro girl named Ruth to him and his heirs forever. I also give my
said son William my large __? and her furniture to him and his heirs forever. 

I also give my  aforesaid son Jacob, my two saws cross cut and whip saws to him and his heirs forever. 

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Wright one negro boy named Charles to her and her heirs forever. 

Likewise all my lands lying in the State of North Carolina in Rockingham into be equally divided into four parts. One fourth to my wife Hester Wright, and one fourth part to my son Josiah Wright, and one fourth part to my son Jacob Wright and lastly the other fourth to my son William Wright to them andtheir heirs forever. 

And also all the remaining part of my movable estate, goods, and chattel is to be equally divided in eight parts. First to my wife Hester Wright one eight part, to my son Josiah the next eight parts, to my daughter Hester one eights part, to my son Jacob one eights part, to my daughter Martha one eights part, to my son William one eights part., to my daughter Elizabeth one eight parts, to my daughter Mary one eight parts. 

I also constitute my dearly beloved Hester Wright and my son Josiah Wright my whole  and sole executor and executive of my whole estate and I hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and dis annul all  and every other former testaments, wills, legacies,bequests and executors  by me in any wise before named will and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness where of I have unto set my hand and seal on this, the 14th day of April One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety four.

Signed, sealed, published
pronounced and declared                                   Joshua Wright
by the said Joshua Wright as 
his last will and testament
in the presence of us who in his
presence of each other have
here unto subscribed our names. 

Thomas Lowe
James Hodge
Sarah Hodge
James Gaunt

 

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