Wilson – Christopher Wilson (1823)
The will of Christopher Wilson written 5 December 1823 and probated during the February Term of Court 1824, Perquimans County, NC
Book F, Page 65
State of North Carolina
Know ye by these presents that I Christopher
Wilson being in a low state of health tho of sound and disposing mind do make and ordain this to be my Last Will & Testament.
1st It is my desire that all my just debts be paid by my Executor
2nd I give and bequeath to my wife Phariby Wilson one yoke of oxen &
carts & one horse cart & harnis & my white horse S_____ &
bay mare fill and my riding chair & harnis two axes first choice three
hoes first choice one spade & three ploughs and two p___ traces and
all the barrels and apple mill & _____ & __ and all the crocery ware
and kitching furniture and two feather beds and furniture one dining
table one black walnut desk and looking glass one large trunk and
chest & two pine tables and all the tubs pails & wooden ware one
loome and harnis & all the lining and wooling whels and three cows
and calfs the first choice & eight sheep the first choice and two sows
and pigs first choice and hogs sufficient for her family years provision
corn & wheat sufficient & foder & oats that is on hand – It is my
desire that my wife have the use of my silver table & tea spoons her
life time and then to my Son Christopher.
3rd I giv to my Son William Wilson the sum of seven hundred and fifty
dollars which he has recd.
4th I giv to my Daughter Martha Toms one Negro girle Sarah one
feather bed and furniture one burow & _ to the amount of fore
hundred dollars to which she has recd.
5th I giv to my Son Jesse one feather bed and furniture and fifty dollars
6th I giv to my Daughter Margaret Hollowell one Negro girle Betty
one feather bed and furniture one buro & _ to the amount of fore
hundred dollars which she has recd.
7th I give to my Son Thomas Wilson one feather bed & furniture and
my gray horse Bird and a tract of land laying on Little River none
by the name of Robersons Land containing two hundred and
twenty fore acers.
8th I give to my Son John Wilson one feather bed and furniture & year
old Catt(le?) and my tract of land laying in the forke body containing
twenty five acres Excepting half the plantation to the use of my wife
til John comes of age also one gun.
9th I give to my Daughter Nancy one negro girle Mirish one feather bed
& furniture one buro one ___ table & looking glass.
10th I giv to my Daughter Elizabeth Wilson one feather bed & furniture
one burow & six winsor chairs one walnut dining table one Negro
11th I give my Daughter Phariby Wilson one feather bed & furniture one
walnut dining table and one Negro girle Emily
12th I give to my son Christopher Wilson all the tract of land where I now
live Excepting the use of the said land my wife’s lifetime—It is my
will that my wife should have the use of Sealah and her increase her
life time and man Dave also and It is also my will that Jack & Isaac
be hired out til my wife’s death and then an Equal Division to be made
amongst all of my children after the three youngest daughters is made
equal with my oldest daughters. It is my will that Sarah Kirby have
the use of the house and lot as long as she wishes to liv at it.
Lastly I nominate and appoint my son William Wilson and Benjamin Toms Executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby forsaking all other will or wills by me made or ordained — In witness whereof I have herunto set my hand and seal this 5th of 12th mo 1823
Christopher Wilson (handwritten) seal
NOTES from Bob Stokley:
A few words are illegible and rather than guess, a blank was inserted. In items
#4 & 6 there is a symbol for the amount of money willed. This symbol could
represent sterling, gold, land, or anything of value. There isn’t much punctuation
nor is there much consistency in spelling. It is not known who Sarah Kirby was
but it must have been someone very near to the family. Needless to say, Christopher appeared to be a relatively wealthy man for the period in which he lived.
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)