Fredrick LANE

Will of Fredrick LANE

Executed 8 Aug 1798, proved December Term 1798

Craven Co., NC, Will Book B, p. 56

State of No. Carolina

Craven County

In the name of God Amen. I Fredrick Lane being of sound disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament Revoking all others hereto fore by me made. First I recommend my soul to God who gave it, and my property as Followeth-

Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my Beloved wife Ann Green all the property I am in possession of or Intitled to by my intermarriage with her, also I give all my house and kitchen furniture My Bay horse known the name of Barny my one eyed bay horse and my two year old sorrel filly, all the hogs I have on this north side of the river and all my sheep and four ewes and others such as they may bear out of my stock on the So Side of the river, also I declare that she may have one hundred Barrills corn Measured by my crop to her at Christmas all which property. I give her and her heirs for ever, also I give her one hundred Dollars to be paid her out of the first mony arising from any of the sales debts or profits of my estate and I lend her during her widowhood my negro man London.

Item I give and bequeath to my son John Tunnell my negro woman Belenda and her here after Increase =undecipherable= years of Eighteen to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Bryan my negro woman Jenny and her increase to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give to and bequeath to my son Hardy Bonner my negro woman Cillar and her Increase and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Bryan the following Tracks or pieces of land, to wit, two hundred acres pattened by my father Ephraim Lane (Ref.: Crown Patent Book 17, #6926, to Ephraim Lane, 23 Dec 1763, 200 acres in Craven on the S. side of Neuse River and on the W. side of Flat Swamp, joining Moses Taylor and Wingate's line) joining the lands of Moses Taylor and Thos Wingate line formerly Carmons now Cyrus Lamberts line, with one hundred acres more pattened by Peter Gilstrap joining the aforesaid two hundred 50 acres patten and Constantine Whitfields line, and one hundred and fifty acres I boought of Joseph and Thomas Hall lying towards the head or high up savanah to her and her heirs forever. All the rest of my land (notation wroten in margin-was a mistake) I give to my three sons John Tunnell Hardy Bonner Bryan and any other child my wife may have by me to be equally divided as they arrive to the years of eighteen, to them and their heirs forever, all the rest of my negros not given away I give to my daughter Mary and the three Boys John Tunnell, Hardy Bonner Bryan Lane, and any other child my wife may have by me to be divided by lot to them as they marry or arrive at the year of eighteen.

It is my will and desire that if either of my three children John Tunnell Hardy Bonner or my daughter Mary should die before they marry or come of age that the negro woman and her increse given to such child or children as may die shall be equally divided between the Survivors of the said Children John Tunnell Hardy Bonner and Mary Bryan.

I appoint my wife Ann Green Guardian to my daughter Mary till she arrives of age or marriage. It is my will and desire that my negroes remain stock and be hired out for general support of all my children as they may stand in need, and that my lands be leased or rented out and remain in stock also for the support of my Children, and neither my negroes nor my land be divided until they arrive at eighteen years respectively, and then as one takes it part the other parts to return in stock again until another marrys or come of the age of eighteen years, and so on till the whole have there parts.

All the Residue of my estate I leave to be sold and given as my Executors shall think proper.

And I appoint my brother in law Jeremiah Martin Executor to my will. I appoint my friend William Cox and James Whitfield also executors to this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereun to set my hand and seal the 8th day of August in the year 1798. The small scratch in the ninetenth line and the Interlined words (there was a mistake) was interlined Before signed by me,

Fredrick Lane (seal)

State of North Carolina

Craven County Court December Term 1789

There was the aforesaid last Will & Testament of Fredrick Lane decd produced in Court, and there being no subscribing witnesses thereto the handwriting of the testator was proved by the oath of George Lane Daniel West and Thomas Wyse wher four that they were well aquainted with the hand writing of the Deceased and verily believed the signature on Will as the Will was wrote by the said Fredrick Lane Decd, whereupon ordered that the same be Recorded. Jeremiah Martin one of the Executors named in the said Will Qualified by taking the oath of said Executors applicable by law. Ordered that Letters Testmentary open.

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