Location: Edgecombe County, NC, USA
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Will of Joseph Daniel
North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998
In the Name of God Amen. I Joseph Daniel, being, through the abundant Merry and Goodness of the Almighty God, Though in a Weak and [illeg] State and [illeg] of Nature Yet of a Sound and Disposing Mind and Memory Thanks be to Almighty God for the same, Do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in Manners and Forme following Viz.
Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Nathan Daniel One Negro Boy Named Dick to him and his heirs forever.
Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Zilpha Dickerson One Negro Woman named Nancy to her and her heirs forever.
Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Stephen Daniel One Negro Girl named Rose to him and his Heirs forever.
I Give and Bequeath to my Son Levi Daniel One Negro Boy named Tom to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Delanah Barnes One Negro Boy named Jack to her and her heirs forever.
Item I Give and Bequeath to my daughter Martha Doudna One Negro Girl named Jenny to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Daniel (after her Mother's life or widowhood) One Negro Boy named Sip. Also one year old Colt to be at her own Disposal at any time to her and heir Heirs forever.
Item I Lend to my Wife Sarah Daniel One half of my Lands and my Plantations Including my House I now live in [illeg] During her Natural life or Widowhood.
Item I Give and bequeath to my Son Ephraim Daniel all my Lands and Plantations with all the appurtenances Thereto belonging (only his Mothers life or Widowhood Exceptions before)
Item I also give to my Son Ephraim Daniel One Negro Woman named Lucy to him and his heirs forever
Item I Give and Bequeath to all my Sons and Daughters (after their Mothers Decease or Marriage) all my Household and Kitchen Furniture with all the Stock of every kind, Money to be Equally Divided amongst them all to them and their Heirs forever. And I do hereby Constitute and Ordain My Sons Asa Daniel and Ephraim Daniel Executors of this my last Will and Testament In Writing whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Affixed Seal This 4th April 1800.
Sign'd Seal'd Publish'd and declared by the said Joseph Daniel to be his last Will and Testaments in Presence those who were present at the Signing and Sealing thereto
Edgecombe County November Court 1800
This last Will and Testament of Joseph Daniel dec'd was exhibited unto Court by the executors & proved by the oath of Archelaus Barnes one of the witness, who also swore that he saw Jesse Farmer the other Witness thereto subscribe the same & Asa Daniel one of the executors therein name was lawfully qualified. Ordered that the Will be recorded.
Test: E. Hall, C. C.
Transcription by Babs Deacon and Lewis W. Griffin
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