LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF WILLIS MACDADE
DB 26-577 Edgecombe Co., NC Will Book April 20, 1820 ,Last Will and Testament
In the name of God, AMEN, this twentieth day of April eighteen Hundred and twenty. I Willis Macdade of the County of Edgecomb and State of North Carolina, being weak low and infirm in body, but of sound disposing mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same, and considering that all flesh must yield unto death when it pleases God to call and for the settling of my temporal estate, do order, give and dispose of the same in manner, and form following, viz. I lend to my loving wife Francis Macdade during her natural life as follows, the shed room with the room in the end of the house, wherein I now live next to the Kitchen, the use of the kitchen and what kitchen furniture she may need all the land on the south side of the road except the stable and the lots thereunto attached, two beds and furniture, three head of cattle, one sow and pigs, four head of sheep, with one year’s provision or to live in the famly as she may think fit. I give and bequeath to my two sons, John Macdade and Willis Macdade, their heirs and assigns forever, one hundred acres of land lying on both sides of the Great Branch adjoining the lands of Philandra Tisdale, Frederick Phillips and Aaron Proctor, beginning at a dead pine, mine and Philandra Tisdales corner, on the north side of the road to Duncan Lamons, running S 89 W 87 poles to a pine then N 272 W 126 poles to a pine. then N 89 E 126 poles to a red oak .thence to the first station to be equally divided so as they shall have fifty acres each.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Rhody Macdade, her heirs al twenty five dollars to be paid her two years after my death, by my daughters Mary, Elizabeth and Delilah Macdade.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Price, wife of Moses Price, twenty five dollars to be paid her two years after my death by Mary, Elizabeth and Delilah Macdade.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine York, wife of JohnYork, thirty acres of land where my son John Macdade formerly lived, between Joseph Griffins land, the Large Branch and the land I gave to my sons John and Willis Macdade, one bed stead, bed and furniture, one fourth part of my pewter, one cow and calf, one Ewe and lamb, and one drysing table and after all my just debts are paid, I give and bequeath to my daughters Mary Macdade, Elizabeth Macdade and Delilah Macdade the balance of my lands not before given and bequeathed to my sons, John and Willis Macdade and my daughter Catherine York, including the lands hereafter lent my said wife to them and their heirs and assigns forever. I also give and bequeath my daughters Mary, Elizabeth and Delilah Macdade all the residue and remainder of my estate not before given and bequeathed being of what kind or nature, forever to them, their heirs and assigns forever.
I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my daughters Mary Macdade, Elizabeth Macdade and Delilah Macdade my whole and sole executors to this my last will and testament, making all former wills by me made void, and declare this only to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and offised my seal this day and year first above written. signed and sealed in the presents of Weeks Parker, Jonathan Joiner. Willis Macdade, his mark
Be It Known that since signing the within Will that I have sold to John York the fifty acres of land which I gave to my son John Macdade and have given to him a other piece of land adjoining the land of Joseph Griffin which my son John has sold to Ms. Joseph Griffin which I consider equal to the fifty acres given to him in a piece laid off for him and Willis. Witnes my hand and seal the 18th Novv 1822. Willis Macdade, his mark. witness. Weeks Parker, James Spiciro.
EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NOVEMBER COURT 1823
The within last Will and Testament of Willis Macdade dec’d with Codicil thereunto and forming a part thereof, was exhibited in open court for Probate and was proven by the oath of Weeks Parker, on of the subscribing witness’s thereunto, and Mary Macdade and Delilah Macdade two of the executors named in the said Will was at the same time qualified thereto’ordered that the said be certified and the Will recorded.