Written 1873 – Proved 1875
Pasquotank County, NC
I, Murden Stokely, of the County of Pasquotank and the State of North Carolina, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, Blessed be God, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in the words following–to wit:
First After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I leave to my beloved wife, Parthena Stokely, all of my personal and chattle property except money and notes and one bed and the grey colt I purchased of James Weymouth for my son, Rufus, for and during her widowhood.
Second I leave to my beloved wife all that part of my farm wherein I now reside lying on the west side of the road and that part lying on the east side of the road to the south of the private road leading from my house to the woods and river–running down the middle of the said private road extending to Pasquotank River for and during her widowhood and after her death or marriage. I will and devise the said named piece of land to my son, Rufus, in fee to him and his heirs forever subject to the right of my daughter, Jennie Jordan, to get wood and timber for farm and family purposes in the swamp on said last named piece of land unless the said Jennie, her mother and brother, Rufus, shall choose to divide the swamp on said last named tract between themselves.
Third I will and devise to my daughter, Jennie Jordan, her heirs and assigns in fee that part of the farm whereon I now reside lying on the east side of the road and to the north of the middle of the private road referred to in the preceeding item down to Pasquotank River with the priviledge of wood and timber in the swamp to the south of said private road or in case they prefer to divide said swamp, she is to have one half of said swamp.
Fourth I will and devise to my son, Franklin Stokely, and to my daughter Elizabeth Rhodes & their respective heirs and assigns the farm I purchased of Abner Morgan & wife, share and share alike.
Fifth I will and devise to my son, Jeremiah M. Stokely, the farm whereon he resides and known as the John Sawyer land, containing one hundred acres, more or less, to him and his heirs forever. I give to Elizabeth Rhodes, my daughter, the amount of money loaned her husband, Samuel Rhodes being $200.
Sixth I give and devise to my grandson, Abner Morgan, the farm purchased by me of William Wood and by him of Griffin Jennings farm to him and his heirs forever. I also will and bequeath to my said grandson three hundred dollars in money or good promisary notes.
Seventh I will and bequeath to my daughter, Lucy Albertson, three hundred dollars in money or good promisary notes, also the two notes I hold against her husband, viz: one for two hundred dollars and one other for one hundred and seventy dollars with the interest that has or may accrue thereon.
Eight I will and bequeath to my son, Jeremiah M. Stokely, four hundred dollars in good notes or money.
Ninth I will and bequeath to my daughter, Jennie Jordan, four hundred dollars in money or good promisary notes.
Tenth I will and bequeath to my son, Rufus, the grey colt I purchased of James Weymouth and one bed and bedding.
Eleventh The ballance of my personal property, money and notes I leave to my beloved wife, Parthena Stokely, for and during her widowhood but in the event of her marriage or death it is my will and devise that all the personal property loaned to her be equally divided between each of my said children and said grandchild–all to share and share alike.
I hereby appoint George Morgan to be the guardian to my said grandchild, Abner
Morgan, believing he will carefully protect the interest of his own child.
I nominate Constitute & appoint my worthy friend B. F. Jenninjs, to be Executor of this my last will and testament. Signed, sealed, published and declared to be my last Will and Testament this 27th day of October 1873 in the presence of the undersigned witnesses, Signed in our presence and witnessed by us in his presence and at his request, and in presence of each other, and declared by him the testator to be his last Will and Testament.
Murden (X) Stokely
F. M. Morgan
Pasquotank County- in Probate Court, November 22, 1875
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Murden Stokely, deceased, is exhibited in open court for probate by B. F. Jennings, the Executor therein named and the due execution thereof by the said Murden Stokley is proved by the oath and examination of John Black and James Jennings, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto.
It is therefore considered by the Court, that the said paper writing and part thereof is the last Will and Testament of the said Murden Stokely and the same is ordered to be recorded and filed.
And thereupon the said B. F. Jennings, Executor as aforesaid, duly qualified as such by taking the oath required by law.
Letters testamentary issued this date aforesaid.
Judge of Probate
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)