Will of John Mallard ~ 1855

Transcribed by Joan S Dunn

  Will of John Mallard Duplin County, NC copy of original found at the NC Archives, Raleigh, NC I John Mallard of the county of Duplin & state of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, do make and declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form as follows, viz. That my Executors (hereafter mentioned) provide for my body a decent burial, and pay all my just debts out of the money that may first come into their hands out of my estate. Item first. I give and divise to my beloved wife Barbara Mallard my house and plantation also my household and kitchen furnature, and plantation tools also my mare and stock of all kinds also my boy Jack, if Jack will not be governd by his mistress I then wish for him to he hired out sold or swaped, also the privilege of making Turnpinetine spliter rails and fire wood on any part of the land, during her natural lifetime and after her death, the land and Jack to be equally divided between all my children viz John C., Dickson, Polly Ann, Betsey, Susan, Bathsheba Mallard. Item Second. I give and devise to my two sons John C. and Dickson Mallard two hundred Dollars each which sums they have already received. Item Three. I give and devise to my four Daughters viz Polly Ann, Betsey, Susan & Bathsheba Mallard, Two hundred Dollars each to be paid to each of them as soon after my death as possible Item fourth. I give the remainder after my Wife’s death to my fourt Daughters above mentioned. And I do hereby constitute my two sons John C. and Dickson Mallard my lawful Executors to execute this my last will and Testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same. In witness whereof I the said John Mallard do hereunto set my hand and seal. This the tenth day of December One thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Two. Signed John Mallard Signed sealed and Delivered in the present of us Test James (x) Carr Obed W. Carr To Duplin County Court of Pleas and Quarter Session January Term 1855 on oath of James Carr. John C. and Dickson Mallard Qualified as Executors John J. Whitchard ?? Clerk

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