Location: Moore, North Carolina, United States
Will of James Dalrymple, written in 1824
- In the name of God Amen. I, James Dalrymple of the County of Moore in the State of North Carolina being in sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare the following to be my last Will and Testament. I hereby nominate and appoint the whole and Sole Executors of this my last will and testament during the minority of my sons, (unclear), John Dalrymple, Archibald Dalrymple, James Dalrymple, and William Dalrymple. I hereby nominate and appoint my sons aforesaid to (unclear) with their Mother as Executor to this my last will and testament as soon as they are twenty one years of age -
- My will is that my said Executrix and Executors sell such part of my personal property at such time and with such credit as they may think proper and collect my Debts and after paying my Debts and the charges that arise against my Estate they hold the balance of any such monies on trust as (unclear) as they can for the purposes herein after (unclear) in my will further is that my Executrix and Executors give to my four Daughters Mary, Nancy, Mahalay, Janet each of them a bed and furniture worth twenty Dollars, a cow and calf worth ten Dollars a Grist worth three Dollars and Twelve Dollars in money or their thing that will please them as well. (unclear) that my sons aforesaid have Each of them a Horse worth fifty five Dollars or that same in money when they come to the years of twenty one and leave the family or Marry -
- My will further is that my two sons James and William be sent to school six months each and my Daughter Jannet twelve months -
- My will further is that my wife shall hold all my Estate Real and personal during her natural life or widowhood for the purposes mentioned and for the support and maintenance of her self and such of my children as may remain with her and at her death my Will is that my Land and Slaves shall be equally divided among all my nine children share and share alike or if more advantages to them that they be sold and the (unclear) Equally divided as aforesaid and my will further is that whatever balance of my personal Estate may be remaining at my wifes death it be in like manner Equally divided amongst my nine children, their legal Representatives (unclear), Mary, Margaret, John, Nancy, Archibald, Mahily, James, Janet and William share and share alike as aforesaid it being my intention to place them all on the same footing -
- But should my wife marry after my death my will is that my Estate both real and personal be immediately divided between her and my children aforesaid and she to have an Equal share with one the them that is to say one tenth part -
- Witness my hand and seal this twentieth day of April one thousand Eight Hundred and twenty four.
- Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of A Dalrymple, Elizabeth Dalrymple
- Having purchased a Certain Negro Slave named Dorcas, same making the above disposition of my property it is my will that she remain in the possession of my wife during her natural life or widowhood for the same purposes as devised above. At her death the same disposition to be made of her as I have directed of my Man Phill
- Moore County Court Aug (unclear) 1829
- The Execution of the preceeding Will was duly proven in Open Court by the Oath of Archibald Dalrymple a subscribing Witness and Ordered to be recorded and it is Accordingly recorded in Book B, Pages 71 and 72 in Words at full length and Rosannah Dalrymple the Executrix and John Dalrymple and Archibald Dalrymple two of the Executors therein named duly qualified.
(signed) Cornelius Dowd, Ilk