Abernathy Document

David Abernathy
22 Aug 1808, Lincoln Co., NC

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

In the name of God, Amen. I David Abernathy Senr. of the State of North Carolina and County of Lincoln being of sound mind and memory but feeling it weight of increasing years & old age and calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die do hereby make ordain and establish this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made and first I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner as my executors shall direct.
2nd As to such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, I do give and bequeath in the following manner, viz.: The land I live on, Negroes, horses, cattle, sheep and household furniture of every description and all property I may die possessed of, I allow to my beloved wife, Ann Abernathy, to have the use of for and during the term of her natural life if she should live longer than I.
3rd Having heretofore given to my children, Joseph Abernathy , Robert Abernathy , Patty Abernathy , David Abernathy , Turner Abernathy , John Abernathy , William Abernathy , Moses Abernathy , Nancy Forney , and Betsy Perkins , all the property I intended to give tem and which I judged consistent with my circumstances, and considering my son Miles Abernathy , having charge of myself and his mother in old age, after my own and my wife's decease, I do hereby do give and bequeath unto my son, Miles Abernathy and his heirs and assigns forever, the plantation on which I live, supposed to contain two hundred and twenty (220) acres or thereabouts, joining lines with Turner Abernathy , William Abernathy , Richard Rosedale and Peter Forney's land; and the following Negroes, viz: Tom, Jimmie, Anthony, Aleck, Eddie, Winnie, Lizzie, Mat, Olive, Louisa, together with their increase if any before my decease, and eight head of horse creatures. All my cattle, sheep, hogs, my household furniture, farming utensils, and property of every description of which i may die seized and possessed of although not herein mentioned or specified, I do give and bequeath unto my son Miles Abernathy, after my wife's decease if she should live longer than I, provided never the less that the funeral expenses of myself and wife and all my just debts be paid out of my estate first.
Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my son, Moses Abernathy and Peter Forney, my son in law executors of this my last Will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 24th day of August, 1808. David Abernathy

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us by David Abernathy as his last Will and Testament.
J. Graham
Sam'l Saunders
John D. Graham.
This will was probated July 1814.


Transcribed by Elizabeth Ferguson