Orange County, North Carolina
Will Book G, Pg 442-443
9 Feb 1863
Probated Aug 1864
I Hugh C. Reeves of the County of Orange and State of North Carolina, being of Sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say.
First, I will and bequeath unto William Alex Workman son of Milly Workman Five Hundred dollars to be paid to him out of my estate by my Executor herein after named.
Secondly, It is my will and desire that all the residue of my estate both real and personal together with my money notes Bonds and accounts shall be equally divided amongst my four Sisters - namely, Mary M. Hasting, Sarah McDaniel, Lydia C. Borland and Edith Thompson - Share and Share alike to them and their heirs forever.
Thirdly, In the event that if William Alexr Workman named in the first clause of this will Should die before he arrives to the age of Twenty-one years The bequest of Five hundred dollars made to him shall be equally divided amongst my four Sisters named in the Second Clause of this my will.
Fourthly, It is my will and desire that my negro man Jessee shall have the privilidge (sic) of selecting or choosing his own master at the price of three Hundred dollars and should he so choose a master my Executor is authorized and directed to make a Bill-sale to the man so chosen but should Jess fail to select or choose a master then and in that event my executor is directed to sell him at Public Auction to the highest bidder and the proceeds of said sale to be equally divided amongst my said four Sisters named in the second clause of this my will, share and share alike to them and their heirs forever.
And Lastly, I hereby Constitute and appoint my Brother in law Henry McDaniel my lawful Executor to all intents and purposes to Execute this my last will and testament according to the --- intent and meaning of the same and evry (sic) part and clause thereof. Hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I the said Hugh C. Reeves do hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this 9th day of February 1863.
Signed sealed published and
declared by the said Hugh C. Reeves
to be his last will and testament
in the presence of us who at his request
and in his presence do subscribe our
names as witnesses thereto
Geo. Long H. C. Reeves (seal)