Will of John Stallings

 Transcribed by Pauline Pierce

 Names Included:

 John Bryant, Executor
Jo. D. Brice, Witness
John Dickson, agent for a land specutlation
William Dickson, Clerk of Court Jacob Fessel, bond holder on land deal
Ann Stallings, wife
Ann Jane Stallings, daughter
Elizabeth Stallings, Sister of John
Jane Stallings, Sister of John
John Stallings
Josiah Stallings, son
Kedar Stallings, son
William Stallings, Brother to John, Executor
Thomas Wells, Witness
Aarvn Williams, deceased previous land owner
Jake (girl) Jam
Little Jam
Little Owen
LusyNance, daughter of Kate
New Burrel
Begg Owen

Duplin County, North Carolina Wills, Book A, page 441;
Recorded April Term 1815
Written 17 Feb. 1815

 Will of John Stallings

  In the name of God Amen, I John Stallings of the State of North Carolina and County of Duplin being of sound mind and memory blessed be God, do make and ordain this as my last will and testament in manner and form following (Viz:) Item. In the first place I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann Stallings all that part of the land whereon I live that is on the East side of Burns (Ben's) Creek and wheron my dwelling house stands, the run of said creek to be the line during her natural life. Also I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann the following negroes to wit, my negro boy called Begg Owen, Negro boy called Potts and Jam, negro woman Kate and her child and negro girl·Nance, them & their increase to her and her heirs forever. Also the following articles to wit, five cows and calves, six sows and pigs, twenty - two year old hoggs, my cart and one yoke of oxen, my horse called the Bleedworth horse and my mare called the Sermivns?? mare, two feather beds, bed steads and furniture, two bolts, one pail, pigin churn & tub, all my plates knives and fords and all my cups and saucers, one chest, one table, a set of chairs, my riding chair and harness, four bee hives, two ploughs and geers, two weeding hows, 2 axes, one hand saw and fifty dollars in money to her and her heirs forever, what provisions she may need for the ballance of the year, after my decease I wish to be laid off to her by a committee appointed by court out of my stock of provisions on hand in such portion as they may think just. Item. In the third, I give and bequeath unto my two sons Kedar Stallings and Josiah Stallings and my daughter Anne Jane Stalling the following negroes (to wit) my negro New Burrel, Stephen & Bill, my negro boys Jusse, Arthur, Jack, Lewis, Aberdern, Abram, Little Jam and little Owen, Negro woman Char and Luce and negro girls Agg, Jake and Lusy to them and their heirs forever to be equally divided among them, which division not to take place until one of them arrives to full age unless my daughter should marry before either of my sons should arrive to age are if either or any of my children should die before sixteenth of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred fifteen arriving to full age it is my will the survivor or surivors have the whole of the negroes as above bequeathed there to them; also I further give and bequeath unto my two sons Kedar and Josiah Stallings the use of three hundred dollars each for and to assist in educating them. Item: 4thly I give and begive and bequeath unto my two sisters Elizabeth Stalling and Jane Stallings my negro girl Calsa which is now at my Fathers to them and their heirs forever. Item: 5th. It is my will and desire that my Executors purchase of John Dickson, agent for a land speculation thirty two acres of land and also patent seventy five acres of land which I have given a bond for a title to Jacob Fessel, and that my executors make use of money on hand or money arising from the sale of my perrishable estate to defray the expenses thereof & in perfecting sd. title. Item: 6thyl. It is my will and desire that my executors rent out the place which I myself have rented for the term of five years belonging to estate of Aarvn Williams decd. for the same term years and the rent to be made payable in the same manner as I am to pay that is to be by ______ instalment. Item: lastly, The residue of my property with the land excepted as above with the tarkilin thereon and the tarkiln on the land at home, I will to be sold by my executors and after paying my just debts and the bequests as mentioned above the amount of the sales ther of with the amount of money etc. which may be on hand be equally divided among my three children. In witness whereof I John Stalling the testator hath here unto set my hand and office, my seal this sixteenth of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred fifteen. Signed, Sealed, published and declared in the presence of us who were present when signed by the testator and I hereby constitute and appoint my brother Williams Stallings and my friend John Bryan executors to this my last will and testament. Jo. D. Brice, Thomas Wells. John Stallings Seal ************************************************************************ State of No. Carolina } Duplin County } April Term 1815 The within will was exhibited unto Court and proved in due form of law by the oath of Joseph Brice & Thomas Wells, and at same time, William Stallings and John Bryan the Executors named in the said will came before the Court and Qualified as such according to law. Ordered that letters issued accordingly. Test: Wm. Dickson C.C. ************************************************************************ This will is not to be copied and posted on any other site!

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