Surry County, North Carolina
Will Book 3, p. 64-65
Joseph Reavis of the County of Surry and State of North Carolina being in a low state of health at present but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for the same do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it.
I lend my wife Mary Reavis the land and plantation I now live on also on Negro girl name Jean also my household furniture also one horse named Jack and all my plantation tools also two cows and calves and one three year old stear five head of sheep and all my stock of hogs during her life or widowhood for the use of raising my children and after her decease or widowhood to be equally divided between my children William, Sarah, Joseph Asa and David. I give my wife Mary Reavis one cow also I give my still and stands to my wife of the use of the family;. Also I give my wife one bed and furniture. Also I lend my wife two Negroes Pat and Hannah until my children come of age and as they come of age to be equally divided between them.
Also, I give to my son William, my daughter Sarah, my son Joseph, my son Asa, and my son David, one hundred and forty acres of land lying on the head of Harmons Creek and all the rest of my property that I have not mentioned in my will to be sold. Also a bond I have on Henderson Parker for the sum of two hundred and forty-eight dollars and when the money is collected to be let out upon Interest.
I give to my son William one colt for his present use.
And my will and desire is that my wife shall furnish each of my children with a good bed and furniture as they come of age out of my household furniture.
And I do hereby ordain and make and confirm this to be my last will and testament. Signed, sealed, delivered and pronounced, and declared the day and year first above written in the presents of (sentence not completed)
And I also will and appoint my well beloved wife Mary Reavis, Thomas Wright and William Foote to be my Exeutrix and Executors of this my last will and testament.
John Wills Joseph Reavis
State of North Carolina Surry County November Session AD 1804
John Wills and James Rutledge (the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Joseph Reavis) made oath that they saw the said Rutledge (sic) sign publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament that he was of sound and disposing mind and memory. Which was ordered to be recorded, done accordingly by
Jo. Williams C.C.
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