Will of Kenan Millard ~ 1848

Transcribed by Joan S Dunn

  State of North Carolina } Duplin County } In the name of God amen I Kenan Millard being in a low state of health but of sound and perfect mind & memory do make publish & declare this my last will & testiment in manner and form following to wit: Knowing that is is appointed for all men to die First I commend my body to the dust and my soul to God that gave it Item 1st I give and bequeath unto my brother Isaac Millard my home plantation whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever and my two negro women Phillis and Caty to him & his heirs forever Item 2nd I loan to my brotherinlaw Joseph Williams and his wife Nancy my Charles Bennett land for the term of ten years and after that ten years shall expire from that time I give and bequeath the aforesaid land to my nephew Kenan Williams to him & his heirs forever also one leather trunk to him & his heirs forever Item 3rd I give and bequeath unto my nephew Jesse Millard my George Reasons tract of land lying in Wayne County & State aforesaid to him & his heirs forever Item 4th My will and desire is that my Nancy Reasons tract of land the Belvin Simmons land which he holds a bond against me for a title two years hence if he fails to pay, for the same at the end of two years and the Lydia Smith land the Nancy Reasons and Lydia Smith land to be sold by my exer. which I shall hereafter appoint and the mony arising from the sale of said land to be equally divided between my three sisters & Charles Millard to wit ~ Nancy Williams, Mary Glisson and Sarah Porter to them & their heirs forever the Calvin Simmons land to be sold by the same if not paid for within the two years as before mentioned and the money arising from the same to go to Sarah Porters two sons that she had of George Craddock names not recollected My will and desire is further that my crop as it is now pitched to remain as it is untill it is made and Polly Simmons is to have the crop that is raised on the Nancy Reasons land and Bass land, all the balance of crop and stocks of all kinds to be sold at a six months credit all my lumber gathered together and inspected and negro man Moses to be sold by my exer. at six months credit and all any just debts to pay out of the same the balance & residue if any to be equally divided between my three sisters to wit ~ Sarah Williams Mary Glisson Sarah Porter & Charles Millard to share and share equal alike to them and heirs forever I further nominate & appoint my brother Isaac Millard & brotherinlaw Joseph Williams executors to this my last will & testament In Witness whereof the said Kenan Millard have hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal April 28th day AD 1847 Witness D Jones Signed Kenan Millard {Seal} Willis Williamson North Carolina Duplin County Court January term 1848 Now in open Court the within paper writing is propounded for probate as the last will & testament of Kenan Millard and the due execution thereof is proved to the satisfaction of the Court by the oaths of Daniel Jones & Willis Williamson subscribing witnesses thereto it is considered by the Court that the within paper writing and every part thereof is the last will & testament of said Kenan Millard sufficient in law to pay his ___ & personal estate and it is accordingly admitted to probate & ordered to be recorded Test J H Jermans Clk by B F Grady LClk North Carolina Duplin County Feb 21st 1866 as officer I W R Bell Clerk of the Court of said County do certify that the above is a true copy of the paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Kenan Millard as appears on record in office W R Bell Clk

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