Will of William Dearmore
Last Will & Testament
Proven and set up at the
December Term 1856
I WILLIAM DEARMORE make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.
First: I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor.
First: I give and bequeath to my dear wife ELIZABETH DEARMORE all my household and kitchen furniture for her to dispose of such a part among my children as she may think proper. I also give my wife ELIZABETH DEARMORE my negro woman CHANA to her and to hold during her natural life then said negro woman CHANA after my wifes death to be sold and the money to be equally divided among my lawful heirs; I like wise give to my wife ELIZABETH DEARMORE AMANDA LEWIS and NED and any other children that Chana may have to have and to hold untill W. JAMES DEARMORE comes of lawful age, then said negroes AMANDA LEWIS & NED and any other children that CHANA may have to be equeally divided among all my children and in case that any one of my children should be dead and have a child or children, said child or children to have the part their parent was entitled to, I like wise give to my wife ELIZABETH DEARMORE one hundred acres of land it being a part of the Tract of Land on which I now live including my present residence Bounded as follows, Begining at a stake the south east corner of said tract of land in the west boundary line of STEPHEN CHITWOOD tract of land, thence west one hundred and eighteen poles to a stake & pointers in the east boundary line of WM. CUMMINGS tract of land, thence north with said line passing said CUMMINGS North East corner One hundred and thirty six and one half poles to a stake. Thence east one hundred and eighteen poles to a stake in my east boundary line thence south one hundred thirty six and one half poles to the beginning, so as to contain just one hundred acres
Secondly: I give to my two daughters MARTHA ANN DEARMORE and SUSAN ELIZABETH DEARMORE the tract of land that I got of THOS. H. FOWLKES containing by estimation one hundred and ninety five acres to be equeally divided between them quantity and quality.
Thirdly: I give and bequeath to my daughter AYCENIA DEARMORE the residue of the tract of land on which I now live supposed to be eighty one and one fourth acres.
Fourthly: I give and bequeath to my Son WM. JAMES DEARMORE at the death of his mother ELIZABETH DEARMORE the Hundred acres of land that I give my wife ELIZABETH DEARMORE during her natural life, I also give and bequeath unto my son WM. JAMES DEARMORE the sum of Five Hundred Dollars to be paid to him by my Executor out of any money he may have in his hands after paying all my just debts and the remainder of money if any to be equeally divided between all my lawful heirs.
I do hereby nominate and appoint ELIZABETH DEARMORE my wife my Executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand & seal this the 13th day of February 1856.
WILLIAM DEARMORE (Seal)
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