Last Will and Testament
Duplin County, North Carolina
7 February 1814--- April Term 1814
In The Name of God amen……….
William Beck of Duplin County North Carolina allows that it is allotted for all Men to die do therefore deem it prudent at this time being possessed of a sound and disposing Mind & Memory Bless be God for the same to express and direct in what Manner My Temporal Estate Shall be disposed of after My Decease It is therefore My Will and desire That the same be as the Manner and form following, that is to say I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Marah Beck One Negroe Man Slave Called Andy, one Negroe woman named Venus and her Child Called Clary also one Negroe boy Called Peter, and one Young Bay Mare called Cuassing Cate, also Three Cows & Calves Three sows and Pigs And Three Ewes and lambs, Two feather Beds and and furniture together with as Much of My House hold and kitchen furniture as My Executor May Think Necessary…..
Item : I give and bequeath to My Two Children Anny Jane Beck and William John Beck to Them and their Heirs forever all the residue of My Personal Estate after My just debts are Paid to be equally divided between Them at the Time My Daughter Anny Jane Beck arrives to the age of Twenty one years or gets Married
Item : My will and desire is That My Plantation tract a parcel of Land containing nine hundred acres be the same more a less situate lying and being in the County Robeson that I purchase of John & Archibald McFail of (same) County should be sold by My Executor which I vest with full Power and authority to give a good and lawful title in fee simple.
Item : My Will and desire is that one Third part of the money arising from the sale of the (same) Part in county of Robeson should be by My Executor laid out for a Concurant Plantation for my beloved wife Sarah Marah Beck which said Plantation to her when Purchased I bad to My beloved wife during her natural life.
Item : After the decease of My beloved wife My desire is the said Plantation should be Equally divide between My Two Children Anny J Beck & William J. Beck to them and their Heirs forever. The residue of the money owing from The Sale of The (same) Land in the County of Robeson when Collected by My Executors. My desire is Should be land out for likely four of Negroes which I give to My Two Children Anny Jane Beck & William J Beck to them and their Heirs for Ever to be divided between them at the age of Twenty one years or at the marriage of My (same) daughter and I do leave revoke and make nul all and every other will and will here to fore by Me Made. And I do hereby nominate and appoint My wife Sarah M Beck and My Brother John Beck My Executors to this My last will & Testament sined Seald and Executed The 7th February 1814
In Presence of
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
Then was the within Will proved in Court by the of Levi Borden one of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto and at the same time John Beck one of the Executors named in the said Will came before the Court and Qualified as such according to law.
Ordered that letters issue accordingly
TestWm. Dickson C. C.
Transcribed February 2006 from a copy of the original Will of William Beck received from the North Carolina Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Every attempt has been made to transcribe this Will with the original spelling and grammar as accurately as possible. I have used (same) to indicate the symbol used in the original Will. Elizabeth Dickson GolbachThis will is not to be copied and posted on any other site!