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The will of Henry Bray 1742 - 1812

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The will of Henry Bray.

In the Name of God amen I Henry BRAY of the County of Chatham and State of North Carolina being weake and infirm of Body But of perfect Mind and Memory thanks be to God calling to Mind the Mortallity of My Body and knowing that it is appointed once for all Men to die Do Make and ordain this My Last Will and Testement That is to Say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of almighty God that give it and My body I recommend to the Earth to be Buried in a deacent Christian burial at the Discression on My Exceutors and as touching such wourldly Estate whare with it has Pleased God to Bless me in this Life I give and Disspose in the following manner--

Item I give and bequeath to Sarah BRAY My Dearly beloved wife one Negro wench By the Name of Biney also one Negro fellow by the Name of Harry also one Negro Boy by the Name of Elisha also one Hors by the Name of Buck and one Mair by the Name of Ball Bridle and Saddle two ploughs and gears four hoes and Two Matticks and other articles Such as is Needful about Farming Six head of Cattle Six head of Sheep and as Many hoggs as will be Sufficent for her also the Plantation Whare She Now Lives or as Mutch of it as will be Sufficent for to Support her also Two Beds and Furniture also as Mutch House Hold Furniture as She sees Caus to keep

Item I give and bequeath unto My Son John BRAY one Tract of Land whare his son Henry Now Lives price Seven Hundred Dollers also one Tract Where the said John Bray Now Lives Two Hundred and fifty acres price five Hundred Dollers also one Negro Woman by the Name of Cate price Two hundred and Twenty five Dollers also one Negro Boy by the Name of Ephrem price three Hundred Dollers also one Hundred and fifty three acres and ahalf and half of the Mill Whare John LAMBIRT has the other half price one thousand Dollers to him and his heirs for Ever

Itim I give and bequeath unto My Son Mathias BRAY one Tract of Land Whare he Now Lives Containing three Hundred acres price six Hundred Dollers also Two Tracts adjoyning price five Hundred Dollers also Tract of Land Whare Thomas YOUNGER yous to Live price five Hundred and Twenty five Dolers also one Negro Woman by the Name of Plesent price three Hundred and Seventy five Dollers also one Negro Boy by the Name of Jacob price three Hundred Dollers to him and his heirs for Ever

Itim I give and bequeath unto my Son James BRAY one Tract of Land Containing four Hundred and forty five acres whare he Lives price Nine Hundred Dollers also one Tract of Land whare Edward BRAY Senr youse to Live Containing Two Hundred and Seventy five acres price four Hundred Dollers also one Hundred acres adjoining the other containing one Hundred acres price one Hundred Dollers also one Negro Woman by the Name of Hanner price Three Hundred and Seventy five Dollers also one Negro Boy by the Name of Dick price three Hundred Dollers to him and his heirs for Ever

Item I Give to My Son William BRAY one Tract of Land Containing one Hundred and Sixty five acres where he Lives price Six Hundred and fifty Dollers also one Tract adjoining the other one Hundred and Ten acres price Two Hundred and Twenty Dollers also one Tract of Land Begining at the Head of a Glade known By the Name of the Big Glade down said Glade to the Rod that Leads from Jesse BRAYEs to John SILERs thence East to SMITHs Line thence North Round for to ? the Store place price five Hundred and fifty Dollers also one Negro Woman By the Name of Diley price three Hundred and Seventy five Dolers also one Negro Gairl Name Nancy price 125 Dollers also one Negro Man by the Name of Joe price four Hundre and Seventy five Dollers to him and his heirs for Ever

Item I give and bequeath unto My Son Henry BRAY one Tract of Land Whare he Now Lives Containing Six Hundred and forty acres price Eight Hundred Dollers also Two Tracts whare he use to Live and grandfathers old place price Seven Hundred Dollers also one Negro woman by the Name of Chelse price three Hundred and Seventy five Dollers also one Negro Boy by the Name of Jurden price one hundred and Twenty five Dollers also Two Tracts of Land adjoining his other Tract Whare he Now Lives Containing three Hundred and and forty four acrs price Seven Hundred Dollers to him and his heirs for Ever

Item I give and bequeath to My Daughter Mary LAMBERT Three Notes principle one Thousand Dollers Intrust thirty six Dollers ? also one Tract of Land Whare Benjemin JOHNSON Now Lives price four Hundred Dollers also one Negro Woman by the Name of Jude price three Hundred Dollers also Two Negro Girls by the Name of Suck(?) and Winey price three Hundred Dollers

Itim I give and bequeath unty My Daughter Sarah WELCH one ? of Land Whare She Now Lives Hur Life time Lying on the Herden(?) Branches Begining at a rock Near the ford of the Branch ? up the Branch to the fork thens up the North fork to the foerd then a Long the Roed to the foerd of a small Branch then up the Branch to a Nother foerd thens North to the East and west Line of Sd treck(?) runing East in Cluding the BUN place Containing five Hundread and eighty acors price seven Hundred Dollers the Right of the Said Land to Remain in the Hand of the Executors to be Made to the Hairs of Hur Body But to remain in possession of the Said Sarah and Michel Hur Husband Hur Lifetime and then to desind to Hur Hairs also one Negro Girl By the Name of Agge price three Hundread Dollers which shell Remain in the power of the Executors to Lend to the Said Sarah and Michel Hur Husbend Hur Lifetime Except Bad a buse and if so to be taken and Hireed and the Monay to desind to Hur Hirs at Hur decease also the said Negro to decend to Hur Hairs at her decease also one Tract adjoining the other Lands Containing Two Hundred acres price Seventy five Dollers also a part of the Tract Whare I Now Live Begining at ? Line alittl below the old Bridge that is on the South prong of Little Brush Creek runing Down said Creek till it comes near the Saw Mill then Exscepting one acre of Land the Most Convenient for the Mill yard and Priviledge for a Rode through to the Said Mill Now for the Balance of the Rest Look above far to the Left and then to the Creek and then with the vaiers Corses of the Creek to GILLILANDs Line then South with Said Line to the Corner pine then East to HARDENs Branch to a Rock the first Station of the above Mentioned Tract of 580 acres then up the Branch with the Varies Corses of the other Tract to the North Corner then west to LANEs Corner then North to the Creek the Biging price seven Hundred and fifty Dollers all writes and Previledgees with Held from his and her Husband till the death of her Mother and then previledge given to her her Life Time and then to Desend to the Heirs of her Body also I give to her son, Henry one Mare which is to be in the power of the Executors to pervent(?) any defraud or Sale of the Said Mare till the Said Henry Shall Come of age but that She Shall have the use of the Said Mare till the Said Henry is of age price Sixty five Dollers which it to be Reducted out of her part of the Estate and the Balence of her part to Make her Eaqual with the rest of My Heirs is to paid in good property and Money

Item I give and bequeath to My Son Jesse BRAY one Tract of Land Whare he Now Lives Containing Two Hundred and fifty acres price Twelve Hundred Dollers also part of another Tract Lying Between his other Tract and William BRAYEs Line price four Hundred and fifty Dollers also one Negro Man by the Name of Dave price four Hundred and fifty Dollers to him and his heirs for Ever

Item I give and bequeath unto My Son Eli BRAY one Tract of Land and Mills Containing four Hundred and Eight acres price Eleven Hundred Dollers also one Tract adjoining the other Tract Two Hundred and thirteen acres price three Hundred Dollers also one Negro Man by the Name of George price four Hundred and fifty Dollers also one Negro Gairl by the name of Netty price Two Hundred Dollers to him and his heirs for Ever

Item I give and bequeath to my Son Solomon BRAY his Eaqual part of my Estate with the Rest of My Heirs only that there Shall be a Reduction of Three Hundred Dollers which is to Paid to his Daughter Polly that he had by His wife Hannah the Daughter of Peter CRAVEN of Randolph County the Said three Hundred Dollers to be left in the Hands of My Executors till the Said Polly Shall Arive at Lawful age and then Due to her and also a Reduction of the Debts Due from him to my Estate I give unto the Said Solomon one Negro Man by the Name of Carter at the price of four Hundred and fifty Dollers in part Payment of the above Sum one Half of the Ballence to be paid in cost and the other Half to be paid in property when Leagelly Demanded of my Executors

Item I give and bequeath to My Son Edward BRAY Two Thousand Dollers out of my hole Estate to Be paid when Collected and Calld for and if the Said Edward BRAY Should Die with out a Lawful Heirs I Desire this Money Should be Eaqually Divided Among My heirs My Desire is that the Remainder part of my estate to be so Divided as to Make theare sums Equil Except Edward also it is my desire that the property that I Left to my Wife at Hur deceas Shall be Equal divided amung My Hairs

? I do hearby Enominate and a point My Sons Hennery Jesse & Eli My whole and Soul Executors of this My Last Will and testement also Reasonable alowence to be made to them for thare troble and if any dispute sould a rise it to be Leaft to one Magistrate and two or three free Hoelders to State the Same in witness whearof I Have Hereunto Set My Hand and afixed My Seal this fourth day of January 1812

/s/Henry BRAY Seal
Signed and Sealed in the presents (sic) of
/s/Isaac JOHNSON Tsmt
/s/Abram LANE Tsmt"

Chatham County Recorded in Book A page 198 TST (?)

/s/Thomas RAGLAND CCC"

An entry from the Chatham County Court Minutes (1811-1816) page 108 gives the following:

"Tuesday May Sessions 1813.....
An Inventory of the Estate of Henry BRAY Dec'd was returned at this Term by the Executors thereof. Ordered to be recorded and is filed."




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