1842 - LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF RANDAL CURRIE
Robeson County (later became Hoke County)
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In the Name of God Amen I Randal Currie of the State of North Carolina and County of Robeson Being of
Sound and Perfect
mind and Memory Blessed be God for it do this the ninth day of June in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and forty two make publish declare and ordain this my last will and testament
annulling all former wills by me made and this one only to be taken as my last will and testament in
manner following. That is to say I commit my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to the Earth from
whence it was formed to be decently buried in a Christian like manner the expenditure to be at the
discretion of my after named Executors.
Item 1st I leave and bequeath to my beloved wife Nelly Currie as her dower of my land her lifetime.
Beginning at the end of the cross lane next to Stewart thence through said lane to the main road lane
at the house then with a cross fence from the house to the swamp. All part South and East of the above
boundary to be the dowry. I also leave one hundred and fifty acres the oldest tract of land I own to
the dower for convenience of wood and timber to my wife during her lifetime. I also leave to her her
lifetime my two Negro women Phebe and Fanny. I also leave to her her choice one of my horses and
my mule Jenny. Also one third of stock of cattle and one half of my stock of hogs and one half
of my stock of sheep and all my kitchen furniture and one third of the household furniture and
I also leave to her one half of all my farming utensils and one of my carts. It is my will also
and I ordain it to be done as my will that after my wifes death that my son Adam Currie should
he survive his mother would possess and inherit the dowry land and the Negroes with their issue
should there be any for him and his heirs for ever to possess and inherit them.
Item 2nd I leave and bequeath to my daughter Mary Conoly, alias Mary McMillan, alias Mary Currie
one dollar and no more to her and her heirs to be given to her or her legal representatives forever
by my Executors after my decease.
Item 3rd I give and bequeath to my daughter Flora Baxter my Negro girl named Hailey to her and her
Item 4th I give and bequeath to my daughter Nelly McMillan alias Nelly Currie my Negro girl named
Jude to her and her heirs forever.
Item 5th I give and bequeath to my son Archibald J. Currie my Negro girl named Mary and my Negro
named Jim to him and his heirs Forever.
Item 6th I give and bequeath to my son John J. Currie my Negro girl Eliza and my Negro boy named
John to him and his heirs forever and also my Negro girl Effy to John J. Currie to him and his heirs forever.
Item 7th I give and bequeath to my son Alexander H. Currie my Negro girl Cate and my Negro boy
Billy to him and his heirs forever.
Item 8th I give and bequeath to Luther Currie son of Daniel J. Currie in the state of Georgia
my Negro girl Amanda to him and his heirs forever if he shall live to have heirs of his body.
If not it is my will that my male heirs shall be his heirs as far as respects the Negro girl
and her issue should there be any and as said Luther Currie is an orphan and only about seven
or eight years old I nominate my son Adam Currie to be his guardian as far as respects the Negro
girl and deliver said Amanda if she lives with her issue if any to said Luther when he will arrive
at the age of twenty-one years and not before.
Item 9th I give and bequeath to my son Adam Currie my Negroes viz. Anne, Dick, Rachel,
Flora Margret Anthony to him and his heirs forever and also give and bequeath my Negro
woman Cloe to him forever for discharging some charge that I left with him to satisfy.
Also I give and bequeath to my son Adam Currie all my lands supposed to contain about
four hundred acres exclusive of his Mother's dower and also the dower land after his
Mother's death. It is my will that he shall inherit possess and own it he and his
heirs forever. It is also my will that my son A. Currie would own and possess all
the issue and offspring of those Negroes that I willed to him from the date of this
my will to be his and his heirs forever. I also bequeath to him Phebe and Fanny and
their issue if any there be after his Mother's death to him and his heirs forever.
I also leave and bequeath to him my son Adam Currie the one half of all my farming
utensils previously referred and also my blacksmith shop and all its contents and my
tools of all description and one third of the household furniture and one third of my
stock of cattle and one half of my stock of hogs and one fourth of my stock of sheep and
my books and should there be more than three horses left after my legal debts are paid my
will is that Adam Currie should have them he and his heirs forever. But if the case should
be that Adam Currie should die without lawful heirs of his body it is my will that my male
heirs viz. Archibald J. Currie, John J. Currie and Alexander H. Currie be his legal heirs as
far as I bequeathed to him in this my last will and testament. And should the case be that
Adam Currie should die before his Mother it is my will that Archibald J. Currie, John J. Currie,
and Alexander H. Currie be heirs entirely to all bequeathed to him and his Mother after her death.
Item 10th I leave and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Currie my Negro Betsey and her daughter
Lessie and all her issue from the date of this my last will and testament and my Negro boy
Jack to her and the heirs of her body forever and also one horse and one third of my stock
of cattle, one fourth of my stock of sheep, one third of my household furniture to be hers
and the heirs of her body forever. It is my will and I ordain it as my will that that if
Sarah dies without legitimate heirs of her body then male heirs viz. Archibald J. Currie,
John J. Currie, Alexander H. Currie and Adam Currie and their heirs shall be the sole heirs
of Sarah Currie as far as what I bequeath to her. But as I consider Sarah Currie not altogether
sufficient to transact or manage the property herein bequeathed to a sufficient advantage it is
my will and I ordain it to be done that Adam Currie shall have the whole management of her property
as her guardian and that the hire of the said Negroes herein bequeathed shall at all times be
appropriated to her life and support as necessary will occur until she have issue if ever she
will and then she and her issue only to possess and enjoy the said bequeathed Negroes and their
Item 11th I leave and bequeath to Adam Currie my cart and gigg and harness.
Item 12th I desire request that all my legal debts be paid. I leave for that purpose
three bales cotton and one of my horses or mules to be sold for that purpose.
And I hereby make and ordain my loving sons viz. Archibald Currie, John J. Currie,
Alexander H. Currie and Adam Currie and my most worthy friend Archibald Smith Executors
of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof the said Randal Currie have to this my last will and testament set my
hand and affixed my seal the day and year above written. (June the 9th 1842)
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Randal Currie the Testator as his last will
and Testament In the presence of us who were present at the time of signing and sealing thereof attest.
Signed: Randal Currie
Archibald McNeill Currie
November Term 1843
Then was the due and legal Execution of the within will proven in open court by the oaths of
Peter McEachin and Archibald McNeill Currie two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered
to be recorded in the Book of Wills. Law Howell clk.
Adam Currie & Alexander H. Currie two of the Executors therein named qualified as such.
Recorded in Will Book A of Robeson County Page 425
LaW Howell, clk.