Will of John Barber
In the name of God Amen I John Barber of the State of North Carolina and County of Rutherford being in a very sick and weak condition but of Perfect mind & memory, calling to mind the frailty of Human nature, & that it is appointed for all men to die, hath ordained this my last will & Testament, And first recommend my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to the dust to be Buried in a decent manner, and next all my Lawful Debts are to be paid out of my Estate,
...And next I will and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved wife Sarah Barber, the third of my estate, real & personal with the two oldest Negros, YORK and PHILLIS,
...and next I will and bequeath unto my two beloved sons, John & Robert Barber the remaining part of my lands to be equally divided ...
...and to John my little negro SAM,
...& to Robert my little negro JAMES
...and to my Dear & well beloved Daughters Margaret, Anna, and Mary Barber I will and bequeath an equal dividend of the remaining part of my Personal Estate, allowing these my present Family to live together on the Land,
...and next I will and bequeath unto my friend Thomas Nitt the sum of five shillings.
...I will son-in-law Robert & Isabell Patterson the sum of five shillings.
...I will & bequeath unto James & Sarah Watson the sum of five shillings
...I will and bequeath unto Willian & Katherine Martin the sum of five shillings,
...I will and bequeath unto Robert & Jane Adams the sum of five shillings
...& I constitute and ordain Sarah Barber & John Barber my Lawful Executors, Given under my hand & seal this first day of January One thousand Seven Hundred & ninety nine.
Jno. Barber (Seal)
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