LAST WILL OF STEPHEN NOLAND

LAST WILL OF STEPHEN NOLAND

  • Stephen Noland’s Will Court Records, Rowan Co, NC. Will Book B, page 187-188-

  • November 1, 1791 , Rowan County, North Carolina
  • Registered in Book B, November 6, 1830, a true copy, A. R. Newman, Secretary
    Stephen Noland’s Will Court Records, Rowan Co, NC. Will Book B, page 187-188
    NC Historical Commission, Raleigh, NC, Rowan Co, Records Wills, 1743-1866, Vol XVIII, page 39
    November 1, 1791
    State of North Carolina}
    County of Rowan}
    In the name of God, Amen, I, Stephen Noland of the State of North Carolina and the County of Rowan, being weak and low in body but of sound mind and memory, and dispotial, thanks be to Almighty God for his Mercy. I, calling to mind the mortality of the body, knowing it is appointed for all men once to die and after death to come to judgement, I do, on this first day of November in the year of our Lord, 1791, publish this my last will and testament. First I give my soul to God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and my body to be decently buried up in the earth in a Christiam like manner at the discretion of my Executors, hoping to have them united together at the great and general resurrection by the might power of God, and as touching my worldly goods as it pleases Almighty God to bless me with this life, I give, devise, and dispost of in this manner; that is to say:
    1st: I give unto my beloved wife Mary Noland 74 acres of land to be laid off where I now live, including the dwelling and plantation as far as the main branch between this and the old place, to her and her heirs and assigned forever. And I also give to her my sorrel mare, Jenos, and black mare and eight head of sheep and all my hogs and all my crops and beds and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
    2nd: I give and bequeath to my son Stephen Noland my sorrell colt and my youngest brindle heifer, to him and his heirs forever.
    3rd: I give and bequeath to my son Ledstone Noland my saddle and the black colt, he paying to my son James Noland one half of the value of said colt, which colt to be valued by two men at three years old.
    4th: I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Ann Holderfield one pied cow to be delivered to my daughter Henne Holderfield for the use of the child immediately after my decease.
    5th: I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Noland all the rest of my stock of cattle to her use, she giving my son Ledstone Noland, James, Alidia, Mary, and Eleanor Noland, one heifer as they my children grow up, and also I give my wife as aforesaid all the rest of my household and furnature of every kind, plantation tools not herein disposed of. And all the rest of my land not herein devised, I give and bequeath to my three sons, Stephen, Ledstone and James Noland to be equally divided between them in quality so as each share be equal in value, which direction and valuation shall be ascertained by three men chosen by my Executors that I give to them and their heirs forever.
    I five and bequeath to my daughter, Ann Turley my dresser, and lastly my big bay mare to to sold at value within nine months, with credit given in to discharge my just debts. And I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend Bazil Gaither my whole and sole executor to this my last will and testament, revoking and making void all other wills by me made and ratifying this and no other, to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have herein set my hand and seal this day and year above written.
    Stephen (his X mark) Noland
    Signed, sealed, published,
    Pronounced and acknowledged to be my last will in the presence of:
    Oliver Herndon, Jr and Nathaniel Samuel Collett
    Proven by Oliver Herndon, August 11, 1792

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