Abernathy Document

David Abernathy
18 Jun 1795
Lincoln Co., NC

(Raleigh Loose Papers, CR060.801.1, David Abernathy Will)

In The Name of God Amen. I David Abernathy of Lincoln County and State of North Carolina being weak in body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory thanks be to god for it and calling to mind the mind the Uncertainty of this life and knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die and being desirous to settle things in order I do make and constitute and appoint this and no other to be my last will and Testament in manner and Form following that is to say first of all I principally give my soul to God the giver thereof in hopes to receive the same again at the joyful Resurrection at the last Day with a full and True and pardon of all my sins and Transgressions through the death and merits of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be ordered for a decent and Christian like manner and as Touching my worldly Estate as the Lord in his Mercy hath sent me and my will and meaning is that the same be employed and disposed of in the following manner and first that all my just and lawful debts and Funeral Expenses be first paid, then I give first unto my Beloved Wife my Real and Personal Estate with my standing debts Except my Rifle gun I Do give and bequeath unto my Eldest son James Abernathy and to each of the Rest of my Children I Do give and Bequeath a sum of ten shillings and to her my beloved wife I do give and bequeath my goods and to no other person while continued unmarried but if other wise I do appoint for each child to have and Equal part of the Estate which shall be then Remaining. I do hereby appoint My Beloved wife Executor of this my last will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 18 Day of June 1795. David (his mark) Abernathy

Presence of us
John Rockett
Smith Abernathy

Note: the Rifle bequeathed to his son James was manufactured in Sheffield England in 1770, and remained in the direct male line until the 1880's.
It now resides in a musuem in Oklahoma.


Transcribed by Elizabeth Ferguson