Will of John Smith

In the Name of God, Amen. JOHN SMITH of the State of North Carolina being weak of body but of sound mind and memory Blessed be God do this 12th day of February in the year of our Lord 1798 make and publish this my last will and testament as follows I give to my beloved wife MARTHA POTTER SMITH Land and Plantation whereon Mrs. Polley Jordan now lives on the road leading to the little survey on the north side joining also another on the north side, Bounded by the old surveyBathela(?) Besses(?) during her natural life or widowhood. I give to my wifeMartha Potter Smith a Negro girl named Beth(?) together with all the household furniture and kitchen furniture; also a young sorrel mare and her choice out of my stock of cows also the old mill and utensils appertaining thereto and six head of sheep and my whole stock of hogs (lineobliterated here)After my wife's death or marriage the land given her to be sold and equallydivided between my two sons SAM and JOHN SMITH and my two daughters RACHEL RUSSEL and MARTHA CANTRELL to them or any of their legal representations(?). Also I give to my daughter Rachel Russell wagon and harness gear to her andher heirs forever. I give my daughter LYDDA WATERS five pounds I give my daughter MARY HUFF five pounds I give my daughter ANN BOSTICK one pound I also will that after (my wife's death?) that the whole of my estate both real and personal (not disposed of by this will otherwise) be sold by my executors and the money accrued from such sales to be equally divided between my two sons,Samuel and John Smith, and my two daughters, Rachel Russel and Martha Cantrell. I hereby appoint my wife Martha Potter Smith executrix of this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke and declare all others or former wills to be null and void; in witness hereunto I do affix my hand and seal this day and year above written

Signed

In the presence of:Seal

George Jones, Jeremiah NorrisJohn Smith

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