THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
July 10, 1822
In the name of God Amen. I JOHN WHITEHURST of the County of Camden & State of North Carolina. Being in a reasonable state of health in body & of perfect sound mind & memory thanks be given unto God for the same. Calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in the manner following.
Item the First. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Son JOHN WHITE one half of my land where I now live where my houses are to him & his heirs forever.
Item the Second. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Son SIMON WHITEHURST the other half of my land the same to be equally divided between my two Sons JOHN & SIMON WHITEHURST and to begin at JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN’S line & run diametrically across to JOSEPH WHITEHURST’S line, with a free privilege to drain each others land through either parts of said JOHN WHITEHURST’S & SIMON WHITEHURST’S land, and one cow & calf that he claims to him & his heirs forever.
Item the Third. I give & bequeath to my well beloved Daughter MARY WHITEHURST one feather bed & furniture and one cow and calf to her & her heirs forever.
Fourthly. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter SALLY WHITEHURST one feather bed & furniture and one cow & calf to her & her heirs forever.
Lastly. I leave all the remainder of my property to be sold to pay my just debts any should remain after paying my just debts to be equally divided between CHARLES WHITEHURST, JANE TAYLOR, SALLY BRITE, MARY WHITEHURST and JACKY WHITEHURST. Furthermore it is my will and desire should either or both of my Sons JOHN WHITEHURST or SIMON WHITEHURST die without an heir lawfully begotten by their body for my two Daughters MARY & JACKY WHITEHURST to have the said deceased land.
I also appoint & constitute my Son CHARLES WHITEHURST & my Son in Law JOHN M’ALLEN BRITE Executors to this my Last Will and Testament to do according to the legacies bequeathed in witness I have hereunto set my hand & seal this the 10 of July 1822.
JOHN WHITEHURST seal
His x mark
Signed, sealed in the
JOHN M’ALLEN BRITE
Her x mark
Camden County Court
November Term 1822
This instrument of writing was exhibited in open Court & proved as the Last Will & Testament of JOHN WHITEHURST dec’d. by the oath of IRA McPHERSON a subscribing witness thereto—–And at same time CHARLES WHITEHURST one of the Executors therein named appeared & qualified as an Executor thereto Ordered that Testamentary letters issue, & that the same be Recorded.
M.S. LEWIS CLK
Will Book C
Pages 14, 15
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse