State of N.C, County of Orange
In the name of God, Amen. I, John Thompson, of the county and State aforesaid being in perfect mind and memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do think it proper to make this my last Will and Testament.
That is to say: Fist I give and bequeath my soul to the Almighty God who gave it nothing doubting but that I shall receive the same from Him again in the great day of God. My body I recommend to the earth to be buried with a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, hoping to received the same by the great power of God at the Resurrection of the just.
As touching the worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I do give and bequeath in the following manner, (to wit):
First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Jannet Thompson, all that part of my plantation lying on the South side of Moteses Creek with my houses and one half of my household and kitchen furniture, one third of my mill and Negro Aaron who tends the same. Also, three negroes, to wit: Abram, Lucy and Charlotte. One clock, one cupboard and its contents, two beds and furniture, one horse, her choice, two hundred dollars in money, three cows, her choice of the stock, six sheep, her choice of the flock, and six hogs, her choice of the drove, one plow and gears for and during her natural life.
Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas my plantation lying on the river, known by the name of Carruthers, that is, provided he makes my daughter Rachel and my son-in-law, John Russell a right and a title to his plantation lying at the mouth of Haw Creek, known by the name of Justice place. If he does not comply with this, then said Carruthers place lying on the river shall be sold and the sum received for said place shall be equally divided between them. That is to say, one half to my son Thomas and the other half to my son-in-law, John Russell. I also bequeath unto him, one third of my mill and negro, Aaron, during his mother's natural life, after which he, my son Thomas shall justly and lawfully claim and hold one half of said mill and negro, provided he shall pay my son James Thompson, seven hundred and fifty dollars within the space of three years after my decease. I also give unto him two acres of land where he shall choose, near or adjoining to the mill and with said mill I give and bequeath a quantity of land extending from eight rods below said mill the same width up to the head of said mill race and to my corner including the land, which is to be for the use of said mill.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son James Thompson the balance or all my mountain land adjoining that whereon he now lives and also my negro man, Abram after my wife's decease as well as the seven hundred and fifty dollars named in the above proviso.