Will of Richard Burton
Guilford County, North Carolina
Will Book A, Pg 23-24
17 Dec 1799
TranscriptIn the name of God amen - I Richard Burton, Senior, of the State of North Carolina and county of Guilford being in health of body and perfect sound mind and memory thanks be given unto Almighty God calling unto mind the mortality of my body well knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die - do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, that is to say - Principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hand of Almighty God - that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be Buried in in (sic) a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God - And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life - I give Devise and dispose of in the same in following manner and form.
Item first - I give to my well beloved wife one negro boy named Tom, one bed and furniture, one maire (sic) named Blaze and saddle, one spinning wheel, one half dozen house chairs, one table, one chest and what crockley (sic ?) ware is belonging to my cubbard, and one half of my pot mittle and one half of my puter, two cows and calves, one third of my hogs, and one third of my sheep and the half of my working utentials (sic) - my wagon excepted.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Richard Bourton one negro boy named Bobb.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my son William Bourton one negro man named Benn, one negro woman named Kenney, one negro boy named Joe and my wearing apparel and saddle.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Simons twenty pounds currency.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Mileham one negro boy named Sam to her and her hairs of her body for ever.
Item - I give unto my daughter Dorcas Bourton one negro girl named Nell, one Horse and Saddle named Polley her bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one Earling (sic), one half of my pott mittle and one half of my puter - this negro that I give unto my daughter Dorcas is to be her and her heirs forever.
Item - I give unto my daughter Mileham the one third of of (sic) my land where on I now live - after my wife's death.
Item - I give unto my daughter Dorcas the one third of of (sic) my land - whereon I now live after my wife's death.
Item - I give unto my three grand children, one third of my land whereon I now life (sic) Ritchard Reaves, Martha Reaves and Thomas Reaves for them to injoy after my wife's death.
Also after all these Ligitees (sic) taken out then all my parsonable property shall be sold and my just debts paid out of the same - Then the balance to be equally divided amongst my children as follows, to wit: To my sons Ritchard and William, and my daughters namely, Elisabet, Mary and Dorcas to them and their heirs forever
To this also I constitute my two sons Ritchard Bourton and William Bourton the sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament - Whereunto I have set my hand and affixt my seal this 17th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine
Signed and sealed in the presence Richard Borton (seal)
of us §
Thomas Lowe §
John Hallum - Jurat §
William Hallum §
N.C. Guilford County - February Court, 1801
John Hallum, Esq. of Rockingham County proved the execution of the within Will in Open Court - Let it be recorded.
John Hamilton, C.C.