THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
CAPT. ARTHUR DAVIS
In the name of God Amen I Arthur Davis being in reasonable good health and of sound mind and memory do make this my Last Will and Testament this first day of February one thousand eight hundred and three in manner and form following that is to say first….
I leave the use of the Land and Plantation where on I live to my Loving wife Basheba Davis during her Natural Life also I leve the use of all my Cattle Horses Sheepe and Hogs Porke and Corn to gether with all the provisions of Every kind that is loyd in for the family, me? and all of house hole and kittchen furniture and all my Plantation Tools during her Natural Life…….
Item I give and devise to Arthur Davis my grandson after the death of my loving wife a part of the Land and Plantation where on I now live Beginning at a pine Phillip Seleys corner tree standing in the mouth of a little branch then running along the said Seleys line to the lane between my self and John Davis then up the lane to Ann Davises Wheat Patch fence then a long the said Wheat Patch fince to a Prim Bush then as the fence runs a strate Course to the old rode then up the ? a ?? to a marked Pine standing in Bailey Jacksons line then down the said Jacksons line to the first station to him and his heirs and assigns for Ever.
Item That Part of my Land and Plantation where on my Daughter in Law Ann Davis lives on I leave the use of to her my Daughter in Law during her Natural Life or Widower hood and after the death or marage of my Daughter in Law Ann Davis I give and devis all the Land and Plantation where on I now live that I have not before given to my grandson Arthur Davis to be Equally devided between Edmon Davis, Abel Davis, Johnston Davis, John Davis, Adam Davis, Reubin Davis sons of my son Sanford Davis to them and their heirs and assigns for Ever…….
Item Give and divis all the swamp that I own to be Equally divided between the seven before named sons of my son Sanford Davis to them and their heirs and assigns for Ever….
Item I give and bequeath to my grandson Arthur Davis one Whip Saw one Crosscut saw one hand saw one p? of Iron Wedges thence for? of hand Irons one Iron pott one Large Creepor?? one teekittle one oxx Chaine one P lose one cass of Drawyers one bed and furniture one Chist to him and his heirs for Ever…..
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Basheba Davis wife of Ruben Davis one bed and furniture that that stands in the grate Rume the trunk that is called mine to her and her heirs for Ever
Item I give Rebeca Sealy my Loome and ??? all the Reming Part of my Estate that I have not given a way Ex?? Legeces I leave after the death of my wife to be Equally Devided between my two daughters Rebecca Seley and Bashaba Davis and the heirs of my son Sanford Davis…..
Further More I leve my friend Bailey Jackson Executor of this my Last Will and Testament and I do here by Disannull all former Wills by me made Ratefing this and this only to be my Last Will and Testament and in Conformation there of I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year above written
Signed Sealed and Pronounced in the presents of us the subscribing witnesses
(his X mark)
State of North Carolina
June Term 1807
The last will and testament of Arthur Davis Deceased was exhibited and proved in Open Court by the oath of Stephen Stafford one of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto, the Executor refusing to qualify, ordered that Rebeckah Celah ??? ???? on ????. ?ingular the goods Chattels rights and credits which were of the said Arthur Davis Deceased who appeared qualified and intend into ?ions in the sum of one thousand pounds with Willis Davis Edmund Davis as surities
Teste Will T. Muse Clk.
Capt. Arthur Davis was the son of Thomas Davis and his wife, Ann Pendleton. Thomas Davis made a deed of gift to his son Arthur Davis on Aug 19, 1747 for 100 acres. Thomas Davis made a deed of gift to his son John Davis on Jan 30, 1748 for 100 acres.
Arthur married Bathsheba Sanford. They had 4 children: Arthur Davis, Jr., Rebecca Davis, Sanford Davis and Bathsheba Davis.
Both of Arthur’s sons died before him. Arthur Davis, Jr. was killed in an accident by his father shooting deer on the “Old Horse Path” back of David Smithson’s. Sanford Davis died in 1801.
A list of taxable property in District 5 taken by David Pritchard in 1795 shows Arthur Davis was listed as having 489 acres of land.
In 1798 Captain Arthur Davis deeds 100 acres to his son Sanford.
In 1799 a deed to Rebecca Seeley for 58.5 acres was made stating “the love and affection I bear to my daughter”.
In June 1800 Capt. Arthur Davis deeds to his grandson Philip Seeley 7.7 acres.
In March 1805 Capt. Arthur Davis deeds to grandson Edmond Davis, son of Sanford, 30 acres.
In May 1805 Capt. Arthur Davis deeds to his grandson Arthur Davis, Jr. 37.3 acres.
In June 1805 Capt. Arthur Davis deeds land to his grandson Abel Davis 14 acres.
In December 1805 Capt. Arthur Davis deeds to Nathaniel Downs 356 acres of swampland for $150.00.
Contributed and transcribed by Frances C. Griffin
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)