Location: Rowan County, North Carolina
Will of Wendell Miller, Rowan County, N.C. North Carolina Wills and Probate Records 1665-1998, digitized at Ancestry.com, transcribed by K.P. Forbes 9/4/2020 Image at: Family Search North Carolina, probate records : COLLECTION RECORD, 1735-1970 Rowan County, Will 1797-1806, Book D, p. 205ff image #217ff will
In the name of God Amen! I Wendle Miller of Rowan County & State of N. Carolina being in sound mind & memory but weak in body & knowing that it is appointed unto all men, owed to die have thoughtful prayer, to dispose of my worldly pro- perty with which it has pleased God to bless me, in the following manner Viz.
1/ I give & bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Christina
[new page] One negro girl named Polly, to be her own property as long as my wife shall remain widow, further I give to my wife Christina one bed & furniture, one spinning wheel, an Iron pot, one pewter dish, six plates and 6 spoons the choice of one horse, sadle & bridle the choice of one cow, it is also my will that my wife shall have one room in the house wherein I now live, for her own use. The above mentioned articles are to be delivered to my wife whenever my youngest son David becomes of age. It is further my will, that from the time, when my son David comes of age, my son George & Henry shall give unto my wife Christina yearly each of them three bushels of wheat, five bushels of Corn, fifty pounds of beef & twenty five pounds of pork.
2/ I give & bequeath to my son Peter three hundred & sixty five spanish milled Dollars.
3/ I give & bequeath to my son David the sum of three hundred & fifty Spanish milled Dollars
4/ I give & bequeath unto my sons George & Henry my plantation whereon I now live, to be divided amongst them into equal shares, so as my son George shall have the lower part, & my son Henry the upper part with the improvements.
5/ I give & bequeath unto my daughters Catherina, Anna Maria, Susana, Philippina, Elisabeth, Sarah Rachel, & Christina to each & every one of them the sum of one hundred spanish milled Dollars.
[new page] [illegible] my son-in-law John Brown has received from me sixty Dollars for which I have a receipt from under his hand, It is my will that these sixty Dollars shall be de ducted from the above mentioned sum willed to his wife Catharina & she is only to get forty Dollars more
6/ I give & bequeath unto my son Frederick the sum of twenty-five spanish milled Dollars
7/ I give & bequeath unto my son John twenty spanish milled Dollars
8/ I give & bequeath to the Second Creek Congregation the sum of Five Dollars
It is further my will, that the negro women Patti shall be hired out yearly for the benefit of my estate, & also it is my will, that there shall be no vendue made until my son David becomes of age, all my property, saled & the money arising from that sale shall be divided into equal shares amongst all my children, my step daughter Elizabeth excepted, provided that before this distribution takes place the above mentioned sums are paid, & also one hundred dollars to my wife Christina It is my will also, that my wife Christina shall have the power to furnish out of my estate those of my children, which are yet unmarried, at the time of their marriage with the same articles with which my mar ried children have been furnished & if at the time when the above mentioned distribution is to take place
[new page] the above mentioned sums are paid any of my children are single yet they shall be provided for & furnished in the same manner.
It is further my will that if any building or repairs of buildings is necessary it shall be paid out of my estate
I make, ordain & constitute my friend George Henry [Berger?] my wife Christina & my son Philip Executors of this my will & empower them to make deeds to my son George & Henry for the land here in willed.
Then I Declare this to be my last will and test: & pronounce all others null & void. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 17 day of Novbr: 1804
Signed in the presence of
Charles Storm Wendle Miller