In the name of God Amen. I Jacob Johnson of the state of North Carolina and County of Craven being old an infirm but of perfect sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and Testament in the following manner to wit
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Item – I give and Devise unto my son Fredrick Johnson all my lands and plantation in Craven County except one acre on Trent Road joining John C. Bryan and the Town of Newbern and One Hundred & fifty acres Joining the Run of Palmeto Swamp on the mouth of Watery Branch and Otterson’s lines and three negroes namely Stephen Betty and her child Beck and there Increase to him and his heirs forever.

Item – I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Butler two negros namely Cresa & her child Levi and her increase to her & her heirs forever.

Item – I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Bull two negros namely Diner & her child Lid and there increase to her and her heirs for ever.

Item – I give to my Daughter Mary Harris my negro man Sylax durin her life and at her death I give and bequeath the said negro man Sylax to my Granddaughter Mary Bryan and her heirs for ever.

Item – I give my Daughter Anne Roach two negros namely Easter and Silvey (Turnover) [next page] and there increase and at her Death I give and bequeath the said negros to her Two children Sarah Roach & Charles Roach Junr. and there heirs for ever.

Item – I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hanner Smith three negros namely Taft & her child and Will and there increase Duren her life and at her Death to be Equally Divided between her children except his son David.

Item – I give and bequeath to my son-in-law George Bryan One negro man named Ben to him and his heirs forever.

Item – I give and bequath to my Daughter Winneford Nelson two negros namely Sam and Vilet and there Increase to her and her heirs for ever.

Item – I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Sarah Bryan one Negro Girl named Hanner & her Increase to her & her heirs for ever.

Item – I give and bequeath to my granddaugther Mary Coart Johnson one negro girl named Molly and her Increase to her and her heirs for ever.

Item – I give and Devise to my grandson Frederick Johnson One acre of Land on Trent Road Joining John C. Bryan & the Town of New Bern and one negro boy named George to him & his heirs for ever. Also the negros Jack & Old Sarah that my son Jacob had before his Death I give to his two Children Mary Coart & Frederick and there heirs.

Item – I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Sarah Roach one negro girl named Rody & her increase to her and her heirs for ever.

Item – I give and bequeath to my grandson Charles Roach Junr. My Lott in the town of Greensville to him and his heirs forever and leave(?) the land that is excepted on palmetto joining Otterson to be sold by my executors hereafter to be mentioned if not sold before my Death and I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Frederick Johnson and my son-in-law Stephen Harris Executors of this my last will and Testament in Witness where of I have here unto set my mark and seale this the 7th of July in the year of our Lord 1804.

Signed seald and acknolwedged by
the said Jacob Johnson the testator
in the preasence of us

Jacob his { J } mark Johnson {seal}

Thomas Taunt
George Bryan

State of North Carolina}
Craven County County? } December Term 1806

This was the last will & testament of Jacob Johnston decd proved in open court
by the oath of George Bryan one of the Subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered
to be registered. Attest. Saml Chapman CC

 

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