Source: North Carolina Archives - Richmond County Wills 1779-1915 -C.R. 082.801.11.
Transcribed & posted by Myrtle Bridges January 20th, 2000.

Last Will and Testament of Samuel Pate – 7th November 1841

State of North Carolina. Richmond County. In the name of God Amen, I, Samuel Pate of said county being weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind and perfect memory considering the uncertainty of this mortal life do make and constitute this my Last Will &Testament in manner and form following (that is) I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Marthew one hundred and fifty acres of land including my dwelling house and cleared land so much of said cleared land as will admit of fifty acres of woodland for rail timber and firewood. Said fifty acres will be allowed to be laid off north of my plantation on each side of the publick (sic) road runing (sic) near my house. In all one hundred and fifty acres as above stated. Also one Negro boy by the name of York and also one Negro girl by the name of Christian, also one sorrel horse named Damon, one saddle and bridle, two plows and two weeding hoes and one ax. Also two feather beds and furniture and one spining (sic) wheel and two cows and calves, all my crockery ware, knives and forks, cooking utentials (sic), tubs, pails, one table and two bedsteads during her naturl (sic) life and after the death of my said beloved wife, I order all the above specified property to be eaqualy (sic) devided amongst the heirs of my body which will be hereafter named.

All The ballance (sic) and residue of my lands and Negroes, horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, waggon cart and every other spices (sic) of property not previously need in the bequeath to my wife I order to be eaqually (sic) devided (sic) and apportioned between the lawful heirs of my body, namely, Ann, Elias, Samuel & Marthew the childring (sic) of my son Thoragood dec'd to have the (turnover) portion that would of been his if he had lived. The childring (sic) of my daughter Hester to have the portion that would have been hers, had she lived.

The manner and mode of deviding (sic) the property bequeathed to my childring (sic) will be left intirely (sic) to themselves hoping they will not disagree.

I appoint and ordain my son Samuel Pate sole executor of this my last will and testament which hereunto I set my signature or mark and affix my seal in the year of our Lord one thousand eight­hundred and forty one. November the 7th. Signed &sealed in the presents of S. Goodwin, Hugh Livingston & Duncan Smith. Probated July Term 1850 by M.L. Douglass, C.C.C.

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