Abernathy Document

Will of
David Abernathy
27 Dec 1858

In the name of God, Amen, I David Abernathy of the County of Catawba and State of North Carolina being old in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God but knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say.
Principal and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian burial at the descretion of the executors nothing doubting that at the general resurection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. As touching such worldy estate where with it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First of all I give unto my beloved wife Catherine my lands horses cattle and every thing belonging to me til after her death then it is to be divided between my six children.
I appoint my son John Abernathy and Noah Abernathy my whole and sole Executors. In witness where unto I set my hand and seal this the 27th of December in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and fifty-eight.

                      David x Abernathy  (Seal)
A. J. Whitener
Elias Sigmon

Source: Catawba County Will Book 2, p. 40, transcription ©2007 Elizabeth Ferguson