William TROTTER will, 1824 NC

Person County, North Carolina, 1824

 -In the name of God Amen  I William Trotter of the County
of Person and State North Carolina being sick and weak in
body but of sound and perfect mind and memory Thanks be to
God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my
body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do
make and ordain this my last will and Testament, In manner
and form following that is to say Principally and first of
all I commend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and
my body to buried in a decent and Christian like manner at
the discretion of my executor hereafter named. Nothing
doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive it
again by the mighty power of God And as Touching such
worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in
this life I give devise and dispose of in the following
manner and form that is to say

... First I give and bequeath to Thomas Trotter two Negros
DICK and WILL; and
... to Catharine Black I give three Negros RACHELL & SAM[?]
her child and FRANKE a woman,
... to Sally Mitchell I give three Negros DORCAS, JACK and
... to Martha Sallard I give three Negros AILCEY, HENRY and
... To Mary Thomas I give three Negros SAM, HANNAH a girl &
... To Fanny Trotter I give four Negros STEPHEN, LEWIS, TABB
and AMY, and one feather bed and furniture and two cows
... To William Trotter I give the following lands the
Seymour Tract adjoining James Jorden & others the Brann
Tract adjoining the same The Stewart tract adjoining James
Trotter and others and a part of the Fletcher Tract joining
the land whereon I now live his line to commence at a Hycory
corner of James Trotters land on the west thence a Direct
course to the mouth of the Spring branch whereon my
Distillery is thence up said branch to his spring field
fence thence west to Corner near the old Schoolhouse running
thence south through his lane to Henleys line, Together with
three Negros GABRIEL, SQUIRE, and CHARLES. & feather bed and
furniture, one grey mare and two colts one yoke of stiers
and two cows.
... I give James Trotter one cow and I give to James
Saterfield one cow also
... I moreover give full power to my executors to dispose of
ARMSTEAD a negro and one bay mare one bay horse and one yoke
of steirs in any way thay may think propper for the benefit
of James Trotter during his natural life, and after his
death to be sold and equally Divided between the Heirs of
said James Trotter, and
... also I give full power to my executors to dispose of the
Negros BOB and SYNAH in any way they may think proper for
the use of James Saterfield during his wife's natural life
and at his Death to be sold and equally divided between the
children of my daughter Elizabeth Satterfield his wife.
... I further give and bequeath unto Sterling Q[?] Trotter
the land whereon I now live and miles with the remaining
part of the --- Fletcher Tract on this side of William
Trotters line and also the Russell Tract of land joining the
land of Presley Draper, dcd and others five negros of the
names following JOSEPH, HANNAH a woman, ABSALOM, DIVID &
MILLY with all the stills and the distillery the waggon and
gear and all the stock of every description all the
plantation tools household and kitchen furniture with all
Debts due me by bond or open acct and all the money now on
hand out of which Legacy he is bound to pay all my just
debts. He is also to have the crop that may be on hand at my
death and if the crop is not finished at my death he shall
retain the hands to finish it.  And it is moreover my will
that all the increase of those Negros that I have severally
given should devolve to those to whom they are given.
... Lastly I constitute and appoint Thomas, William and
Sterling Trotter my sons exectors to this my last will and
testament disallowing and disannulling all former wills by
me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and this
alone to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I
have hereiunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 27th
October A.D. 1821. 

Signed & sealed Wm Trotter in the presence us
Lewis Amis, Jurat
Samuel H. Wheeler

State of North Carolina, Person County, May Term 1824.  The
execution of this will was duly proven in open court by the
oath of Lewis Amis & subscribing witness there to and
ordered to be recorded.

I transcribed this will from a copy provided by the NC State
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