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Last Will and Testament of Jonathan Wasdin
In the Name of God Amen. I Jonathan Wasdin in Wayne County in the State of North Carolina, age about 40 four years, being not in bodily health but sound in mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following imprimis, that is to say that I will all my debts and funeral charges may be paid and discharged by my executors herein after named after my decease. I recommend my soul unto the hand of God that gave it to me and my body to be laid in the dust from whence it came.
Item - I lend to well beloved wife Sarah Wasdin the plantation now whereon I live about two hundred acres with two Negro fellows named Lewis and Tom during her widowhood and one Negro wench by the name of Dot and one Negro fellow by the name of Shaden and one Negro wench by the name of Luk for her life.
Item - I leave, give, and bequeath to my son John Wasdin one hundred and fifty acres of land on William _____ Mill Marsh on the east side to him and his heirs forever. Also one Negro boy by the name Jim, forever and one feather bed and the first calf demand brings and small stock of cattle to be sold at Willis Garner's between David and John.
Item - I leave, give and bequeath to son David two hundred and fifty acres of land where Willis Garner now lives with one hundred and fifty acre home at the Pocosin _____, John Peacock's and one Negro boy named Charles and one feather bed.
Item - I leave, give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Wasdin one Negro fellow named Bryan, and one Negro girl named Pat, at the death or marriage of her mother, one horse, colt, three cows, and calves, one feather bed, one saddle and bridle.
Item - I leave, give and bequeath to my daughter Polley one Negro girl byt he name of Bet and one hundred dollars, and one Negro fellow by the name of Lewis at her mother's death or marriage, one mare, colt, three cows,and calves, and one feather bed and one saddle and bridle.
Item - I leave, give and bequeath unto my daughter Ava one Negro girl by the name of Filvah, one feather bed.
Item - I leave, give and bequeath unto my daughter Sally one Negro boy by the name of Peter, one feather bed, also the three Negroes that I sent to my wife for life to be divided by my daughters. Ava and Salley and their increase. N.B. my wife being with child, if born alive, I have one hundred and twenty five acres of land joining the plantation where I now live and the plantation that I lent to my wife, whereon I now live.
Item - I leave, give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Salley Wasden for life six calves, three head of horses. Likewise all my hay and corn enough to make their provisions and the fodder likewise and five sows and pigs. Likewise my still and cash likewise four sows. Likewise I lend my wife, my household furniture and 4 weeding hoes, one grubbing hoe, two arsis, two plough hoes, and one cutter and these ploughs, stock of _____and two beef cattle and leather shoes for the family.
Item - If any of my children should die without heirs, lawfully begotten of their body, let it return to their brothers , sisters and mare to be sold and saddle, and all my property at before mentioned to be sold, one hundred dollars, and bridle and saddle to be made out of the proceeds that sold and all the remainder part to be equally divided among the three youngest children.
Item - I leave James Handley and William Taylor and Salley Wasdin, Executrix, this is my last will and testament here unto I set my hand this fourteenth day of July and in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and ninety five, signed, sealed, published and delivered in the presents of us. Ralph Fletcher, Willis Garner
Signed Jonathan Wasdin