(27 September 1859) with three codicils
State of North Carolina
In the name of God amen– I Pheraba Wilson of the State & County aforesaid knowing that it is appointed to all people to die and being now of a good old age but of sound mind and memory blessed be God feeling de—- in my life time to dispose of my worldly estate do make & publish this as my Last Will and Testament–in manner and form following to wit–
Item 1st -After my decease I wish for my Executor herein after named to make sale of all my perishable estate as soon thereafter practicable, Negroes excepted and pay all of my just debts, funeral expenses & c.
Item 2d I do give and bequeath unto my son John W. Wilson Fifty dollars.
Item 3d I give and bequeath to my Daughters and Grandchlidren here in after mentioned all of the remainder of my perishable estate to them and their heirs forever to be paid as follows: viz- to my Daughter Margaret Perry one fifth, to my Granddaughters Elvira Newby & Sallie Ann ?oe one fifth, To my Grand Daughter Pheraba Banks & Christopher W. Hollowell Children of my Daughter Elizabeth Hollowell one fifth and to my Grand Children Thos J. Perry, Margaret T. Perry, Laura J. Perry & Martha S. Perry, Children of my Daughter Pheraba Perry one fifth-
Item 4th It is my will and wish after my death that my Executor take charge of my Negroes & hire them out to the best advantages having due regard to their comfort for the space of five years and not to be put up in the ring for public hire, I wish for my old man Joshua to be duly provided for out of their hire and at the end of each year the monies arising from their hire to be paid out to my five heirs as within stated-one fifth to each-
Item 5th It is my wish for my Executor to hire out my said Negroes for the space of two more years at the end of which time I wish my said Executor to take the money received for the two years hire and apply it to the best advantage in preparing and fitting them up and sending them to some free state or territory where they can enjoy the benefits of their Freedom provided they are willing and wish to go and further all the money arising from their two years hire that it does not require to fit them out I wish given to them for their own use and benefits.
Item 6th I leave my Son Thomas Wilson my Executor desiring him after my death to carry out this my Last Will and Testament as early as practicable and I do revoke and disannul all other or former wills by me made. And I do publish this to be my last will and Testament as in testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 27th day of September A.D. 1859.
Pheriby Wilson seal
Signed, published and declared to be my Last Will and Testament in presence of us who at her request and in her prescence and in the prescence of each other subscribe our names as witnesses
William P. Symons
John M. Symon
I Pheriba Wilson the testatrix named in the foregoing last will and testament of date September 27th 1859 which I then signed sealed published and declared,—having changed my mind in regard to my Negroes. I do by this paper writing which I wish to be taken and continued as part of my last will and testament give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Wilson Negro boy Stephen child of my Negro woman Perry-and the balance of my Negroes viz man Wilson, woman Penny and all her other children I do give and bequeath unto my as follows. viz-unto my daughter Margaret Perry one fourth, unto my Grand Daughters Elvira Newby and Sallie Ann Noe one fourth, Unto my Grand Children Pharaba Banks and C.W. Hollowell one fourth and to my Grand Children Thos. J. Perry, Margaret Perry, Laura J. Perry and Martha Susan Perry children of my dec’d daughter Pharaba Perry one fourth and in the divisions of said Negroes I wish my Daughter Margaret Perry to have Negro boy Joe as part of her share–
And now having disposed of my Negroes to my satisfaction and remaining satisfied with the legacies and bequests to my other propertyas intended to be expressed in the body of my last will to wit that after the payment of my debts and the legacy of fifty dollars to my son John, all my other estate Negroes excepted should be divided between my Daughter and Grand Children named in the body of my will–I do hereby in witness of the same set my hand and seal to this my first codicil to my last will and testament the 2d day of December 1861.
Pherabe Wilson seal
Signed sealed published and declared by the testatrix to be her first codicil to her last will and testament in the presence of us at her request, in her prescence, and in the prescence of each other have sub- scribed our names as witnesses–
(Willis H. Bagley signed the name of the testatrix at her request-showed it to her & she acknowledged the same — in fact she saw him write it)
J. M. Cox
Willis H. Bagley
I Pheriba Wilson of said county having heretofore made my last will and testament and having subsequently thereto to wit on the 2d day of this current month made and executed my first codicil to my said last will and my mind having since changed in one particular that in relation to the bequest to my son Thomas Wilson I do on this 6th day of Decr. 1861 make this my second codicil to my said last will and testament. And I do now revoke the gift of Negro boy Stephen to my said son Thomas and in lieu thereof I do give and bequeath unto him Negro girl Hager Ann child of my negro woman Perry.
In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day aforementioned.
Pheraby Wilson seal
signed sealed published & declared by the testatrix to be her second codicil to her last will and and testament in prescence of us who at her request in her prescence and in the prescence of each other subscribe our names as witnesses
R. B. Cox
I Pheriba Wilson of said county and state having heretofore made and published my last will and testament and having since made my first and second codicil to my said will — the first of date Decr. 2d 1861 and the second of date 6th Decr. 1861 and now my mind having changed in one particular I do on this 30th decr. 1861 make this my third codicil to my last will and testament to be taken and construed as a part and parcel of said will namely — It is my will and desire and I do so direct that in the division of my estate Elvira Newby and Sally Ann Noe shall receive notes and money in lieu of Negroes that is instead of receiving their share of money, notes &c and then their share of the negroes-that they shall receive no negroes but the more in notes, leaving the more Negroes and less in notes for the other legatees.
In witness there of I hereunto set my hand and seal the date and date aforesaid. signes sealed published and declared by the testatrix to be her third codicil to
Pheriby Wilson seal
her last will and testament in prescence of us who at her request in her prescence and in prescence of each other subscribe our names as witnesses
A. Smith Jordan
J. M. Cox
November Term 1865
The foregoing last will and testament and first, second, and third codicils thereto attached and every part thereof was duly admitted to probate and ordered to be recorded and filed. ???? Docket Nov Term 1865 Test Jn. R. Moore, Cl
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)