GEORGE W. SIMPSON
Will – 8 March 1879
Perquimans County, NC
Perquimans County, State of North Carolina March eighth eighteen hundred and seventy nine
This my last will and testament, that I George W. Simpson, do give and bequeath, my property after death, as follows.
First, To Annie B. Stokely, and Maggie B. Simpson, my two oldest daughters , One tract of land on the East side of the road, adjoining the lands of Henry White deceased, to be equally divided between them, to have and to hold the above named tract of land. If either one of the said named Annie B. Stokely, or Maggie B. Simpson die, without a lawful heir of their body, then her part is to be equally divided between the children that are living, and if both die without a lawful heir of the body, then the said land to be equally divided between my children that may be living.
Second, I give and bequeath after my death to my daughter Lizzie Nora Simpson one portion of the land on the west side of the road running through my farm, commencing at the line between Willis Whithead and myself and running a South course along the road to the second four feet ditch, thence along the said ditch to a line between Wm C. Simpson and myself, thence northerly course along the said line, to Willis Whitehead’s line, and along the line Easterly to the first station, to have and to hold, after the death of my Wife, or her Widowhood, the above named piece of land, and if the said Lizzie Nora Simpson die without a lawful heir of the body, the said land to be given to Jesse Franklin Simpson.
Thirdly, I give and bequest to my Wife S. Elizabeth Simpson the remainder of my land including the buildings, to have and to hold after my death as long as she lives, or her widowhood, and after her death or widowhood to my Son Jesse Franklin Simpson, forever, and furthermore if my Wife S. Elizabeth Simpson, should marry after my death, she can remain here by giving my Son Jesse Franklin Simpson one third of the proceeds of the said land, furthermore it is my will and desire that my house shall be a home for any of my children if they have no home.
Fourthly I give and bequeath after my death one third of my chattle property to my Wife.
Fifthly the other two thirds of my chattle property to be equally divided between my children and the part of the chattle property for Jesse Franklin Simpson and Lizzie Nora Simpson to remain with my Wife for them, and to be given to them whenever she thinks proper.
Sixthly It is my will and desire that after my death that any one, or all of my children can sell the above named lands when all of my children agree to do so.
I leave my Wife to settle my estate.
If my Wife should die, Provide J. Rufus Stokl(e)y settle the estate.
G. W. Simpson (signature)
Thomas W. White (signature)
C. A. Ownley (signature)
Notes from Bob Stokley:
George W. Simpson’s will was probated 7 March 1882. It was shown that he had 300 acres of land worth about $5,000. Personal property such as stock, notes, household furniture, etc. was valued about $2,500. Parties entitled under said will to the property were S. E. Simpson, widow of the deceased, Maggie B. Simpson, full age, & Annie B. Stokely, Jesse B. Simpson and Lizzie Nora Simpson minors.
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)