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Will of William Johnson of Surry County, NC D:1821

Surry Co., NC Will Book 3 pg 148, 149.

In the name of God Amen; I William Johnson of the County of Surry and State of North Carolina being in a low state of health, but in perfect mind and memory blessed be God for the same; do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say First I recommend my soul unto almighty God who gave it me; and my body to be decently burried by my Executors hereafter named. And as to my worldly goods which hath been pleased God to bless me with I whish to be disposed of in the following manner Viz. My will and desire is that all my just debts be paid by my Executors and that all debts due me collected by said Executors -- Item the 2nd, My will and desire is that my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth have my plantation whereon I now live together with my ____ waggon & stock of every description and all the plantation, tools & household furniture during her natural life or widowhood --- Item 3rd, My will and desire is that if it is necessary to sell any part of my personal estate to pay my debts; I wish it left to my dearly beloved wife what she can best spare for the discharge of said debts -- Item 4th my will and desire is that after my dearly beloved wifes decease or widowhood is that the land and all the personal estate of every discription that is left be sold at six or twelve months credit and the money there from be equally divided among my children, Viz, William Johnson Junr, Samuel Johnson, Rachel Jarvis wife of Levi Jarvis, Jesse Johnson, James Johnson, Baley Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Sally Johnson, & Elizabeth Johnson. Item 5th, It is my will before the division takes place that my son Thomas should receive forty dollars; And my sons William & Samuel & Levi jarvis should return the amount advanced to them heretofore; then and after that the said division to take place, so as to make all their parts equal -- Item the 6th, My will & desire is that If my sons William Johnson, Saml Johnson & Levi Jarvis my son in law, should neglect or refuse to file a schedule or the amount heretofore received within twelve months after my desease I say if they fail to return as above stated the schedule or amount within the twelve months it shall be considered that they have been fully advanced in my life time and the property be divided among my other children, Viz, Jesse, James, Baley, Thomas,Sally, and Elizabeth. Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Executrix and my friend Joseph Williams Junr Executor to this my last will & testament revoking and disanuling all former wills by one made in testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and offered my seal this first day of February in the year of our Loard one thousand eight hundred and twenty one ---- Signed Wm. Johnson Witnessed:

Illegible at top 2nd page Joseph Williams Junr Jesse Johnson Baley Johnson (his mark)

I William Johnson do make & publish this my codicil to my last Will & testament (Viz) After my wifes decease It is my will & desire that my tract of land be divided into five equal parts & sold it it is thought best by a majority of my legatees, if not it can be sold all in one body As there is some talk & thought of removing the Court House on the south side of the River provided it is done & the Commissioners should agree to erect the public buildings on my tract of land then in that case It is my will & desire that my Executors should sell & execute a deed to said commissioners for what they think the land is worth, which deed shall be good in law. Item If there should be any article omitted heretofore to be given to my dearly beloved wife during her life or widowhood. It is my will and desire that she may enjoy everything I possess during her life or widowhood In testamony whereof I do hereunto set my hand & affix my seal this 2nd day of February AD 1821 Wm Johnson Signed Sealed & acknowleged in presence of Jos. Williams Junr. Jesse Johnson Baley Johnson (his mark)

State of N.Carolina Surry County May Session AD 1821 Jesse Johnson & Baley Johnson (two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will & testament of William Johnson dec'd) made oath that they saw the said William sign seal & acknowledge the same to be his last will & testament that he was of sound disposing mind & memory which was ordered to be recorded.

Surry Co., NC Will Book 3 pg 148, 149.

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