In the name of God Amen: I Daniel Stallings of the County of Perquimans & State of North Carolina being at this time sick of Body but of sound and Disposing mind thanks be to god for the same, do make and ordain this writing to contain my Last Will & Testament in manner and form as followeth, to wit– 

First it is my desire that my Executor here after named shall sell a sufficient number of my Negroes at Private sale to pay all my Just Debts & Funeral Expenses–

Secondly I leave all the remaining part of my Estate to my Beloved wife Elizabeth Stallings for the support of herself and all my children & for the educating of them untill my son James Stallings shall arrive to the age of twenty one years Then it is my desire that all my Estate, Excepting Land & shall be equally Devidid between my Beloved wife & all my children then living–

Thirdly, I leave the use of all my Lands & Building unto my Beloved wife Elizabeth Stallings During her natural life and at her death to be equally divided amongst all my sons then living–

Fourthly, I give devise and bequeath unto my Four sons Namely James, Asa, William & Whitmill Stallings my Brandy still to them and their heirs for ever–

Fifthly, I nominate Constitute and appoint Elisha N. Riddick my hole & sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament desiring him to see the same fully Executed and Performed, In witnes whereof I the said Daniel Stallings have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 5th day of January in the year of our Lord 1837.

Daniel Stallings   Seal 

Signed and sealed in the presence of us }

Simon Stallings             

Benjamin Hinton    (his X mark)          

proved in Feb Term of Court 1837, Perquimans County

Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley

(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)


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