State of North Carolina
In the name of God Amen. I Elijah Deaver of the county and State aforesaid being of sound mind and memory and in good health for a man of my age do make last will and testament. (viz)
I give and bequeath to my wife Arminta Deaver all the Tract of Land on
which I now live-all the Stock of Hogs, Cattle Horses and Sheep all the
house hole and kitchen Furniture which I have on hand at the time of my
Death except that part of my farm which lies between my Spring Branch and
its river Baison as the land field. All the above property I will my said
Wife Arminta to hold and enjoy during her natural life or widow hood free
from the claims of any person or persons whatsoever, if at any time she
become over burdened by and increase of Stock she is at liberty through
the order of some friend to dispose of such surpluses Stock as she has
no use for.
I will that my servant Boy Benjamin be free at my death and to hold and
enjoy in his own rights the house he now lives in and that field known
as the Land field as above described from the line North to Thomas Lenoir’s
line I wish him to enjoy the said field unmolested during his natural life.
I will that my servant Girl Sally at my death that she have liberty to
stay on the place as long as she desires that is during the life time of
my said wife but to go any time she may wish to do so.
I will that my executors all my notes and property that I may have on hand
at my death and see that this my will is carried to effect, and to pay
self for his troubles and expence he is at, and what remains I will him
to pay all my debts if any and the remainder to equally divide between
relations nearest of Kine.
I Appoint as my executor to carry this my will into effect my ole friend
N. Edmonston In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this
twenty first day of November one thousand eight hundred & fifty five.
Acknowledged in my presents
April the 5 day 1859
Certified W.W. Medford
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