STOKELY, JOSEPH (1799)

Will of

JOSEPH STOKELY

 1799

In the name of God, Amen, I, Joseph Stokley, of the County of Pasquotank and the State of North Carolina, being weak of body but of perfect and sound memory calling to mind the mortality of my body that it is appointed for all men once to die and after death, to judgement; therefore, I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to be buried in a Christian-like manner and as for my worldly goods which it has pleased God to bestow upon me, I dispose of in the following manner–

Imprimis: First of all, my will and desire is that as much of my estate shall be sold at public auction as will pay all my just debts:

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife, Elizabeth Stokely, one Negro man named Moses, one Negro woman named Cate, and the use of Negro Luke until my son, Joseph Stokely, arrives at the age of twenty-one years; also the use of one Negro girl named Mereur during the term of her widowhood and also one third part of all my stock such as horses, cattle, sheep and hogs and all my other property excepting land and Negroes for the term above mentioned.

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, Milton Stokely, all my land that (I) possess in Camden County, it being called the Island, lying opposite the land that I now live on to him and his heirs forever, also one Negro boy by the name of Tony and one Negro boy by the name of Arthur, to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved son, Harvey Stokely, all the land I bought of Richard Richardson and also all the land I bought of Jarvis Jones to him and his heirs forever. Three Negroes, one named Tom, one Phebey, and one named David to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughter, Nancy Stokely, one Negro girl named Hannah to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughter, Lusea Stokely, one Negro girl by the name of Tamer, to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughter, Salley Stokely, one Negro by the name of Mereur to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, Joseph Stokely, all that part of land that I now live on from the land as it now runs from the river towards Nathaniel Gray’s. so binding the lands round to John Kain’s land thence binding Koens land towards the river, thence running down the river, to the first station, it being all I hold on the Northwest side of the said lane, containing by estimation, one hundred acres of land be the same more or less, to him and his heirs forever. Also two Negro women, one by the name of Lettice, the other by the name of Charity, with this reserve, that the first live born child that the said Negro Charity, now brings, I reserve for myself and the remainder part of both Negroes and all their increase to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, Isaac Stokely, one heifer yearling to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughter, Polly Lockwood, one heifer yearling to her and her heirs forever.

I nominate and appoint to my well beloved friends, Abner Whitney and  Samuel Spence to be my whole and sole executors to this my last will and testament,
revoking all other former will or wills by me made and acknowledge this to be
my last will and testament.

In witness thereof, I have herewith set my hand and seal this___of march in
the year of our Lord One Thousand seven Hundren and Ninety Nine.

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
in the presence of us.                                        /s/ Joseph Stokely    {Seal}


Will: March 1799

Died: March 20, 1805

Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)


 

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