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The will of Thomas Best, which went through probate in North Carolina in 1784

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In 1784, Thomas Best died, in North Carolina, bequeathing to his wife Deborah a black man known as Long Dick, and a black woman named Con, along with "one half her future increase."[1] To his daughter Ann, he left a black man called Short Dick, a black girl called Suey, a black boy called Isaac, and "one half of the future increase of my Negro woman called Con." The will also divided Thomas Best's land and cattle.


  1. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998

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