Rowan County, North Carolina
Will Book F, Pg 28
31 Aug 1802
In the name of God Amen!
I Benjamin Poston of Rowan County & State of N. Carolina, being sick of body but of sound mind & memory, do appoint this my last will & testament And revoking all others. Item I give to my well beloved wife for her comfort & convenience in raising my small children all my estate both real & personal during her life & at the death of my beloved wife, whatever may remain of my estate shall then be sold at reasonable credit & equally divided amongst my children, I further will that my beloved wife shall not give to any of my children any thing during her life, without it being first appraised And should such gifts of my wife to any of my children amount to more than an equal share at her death, then such children are to pay up the difference so that each child is to share alike. I further will that my executors may sell any part of my estate real or personal at public or private sale as they can make suite best to rise (sic) money sufficient to discharge by debts. Lastly I appoint Charles Mills & Thomas Reeves executors of this my last will & testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 31st day of August A.D. 1802.
Signed, sealed, & delivered in his
the presents of Benjamin X Poston (Seal)
James Reeves, James Alexander mark
Ann Reeves sister of Samuel Reeves, aunt to Thomas Reeves and James Reeves. She was named as Ann Poston in 1793 probate documents for the estate of her mother, Mary Murphy Reeves, in Charles County, Maryland. The other executor of this will, Charles Mills, was another Marylander and has been identified as the organizer of the migration of these particular Maryland families to North Carolina.