Contributed by Valerie J. Davis, June 2000


The Will of James Randolph
1797 Caswell County, North Carolina
Superior Court Book C, p 251


October Court 1797

In The Name of God Amen this 15th day of June in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred and Ninety Seven, I James Randolph Sen'r of the County of Caswell and State of North Carolina being sick and weak of body but of sound Mind and Memory Thanks be given to Almighty God and Calling to Mind The Mortality of my body and uncertainty of this life, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the following Manner and form - And first I ___ my soul into the Hands of Almighty God who gave It and my body to the earth to be decently buried in a Christian Manner; And as for Such Worldly Goods as It hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I dispose of them in the following Manner -- Imprimise I Give and bequeath to my son John Randolph the land and plantation whereon I now live Containing one Hundred and forty one Acres, when he arives to the age of Twenty one years, to him and his Heirs and assigns forever, And If he dies without age, Then I leave the land to Nimrod, also five pounds Virginia Money

Item I Give and bequeath to my son Nimrod Randolph my bed which I li__ on, Also five pounds Virginia Money, to him his Heirs and assigns forever --

Item, I Give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecah Randolph one feather Bed and furniture, Called her bed, and one Half of the pewter belonging to the House and one Cow to her and her Heirs forever --

Item I Lend to my Well beloved Wife Mary Randolph all the residue of my estate during her Widowhood, but be It remembered that should my Wife Marry, that then the estate hereby lent to her shall be equally divided between my son Jerremiah Randolph and my son Nimrod -- It is my wish and Desire that If after my death my Wife should die before my Young Children Arive at age that Robert my son should take his Brother John and raise him and That William should Take Nimrod and raise him to age -- Lastly I constitute Ordain and appoint my beloved son James Randolph and my Son in law William Dye Executors of This my last Will and Testament; and I do hereby revoke and Make Void all Other Will or Wills heretofore by me made ratifying and Confirming this only to be my last Will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this day and Year first above Written --
his
James R Randolph {seal}
mark
Signed Sealed published }
pronounced and declared }
as the last Will and Testament }
of James Randolph in presence
of us & each of us
A.E. Murphey (Jurat)
Wm. Gordon (Jurat)
John Carter, x his mark


Caswell County
The Execution of this Will was duly proved in open Court by the Oaths of Archibald Murphey and William Gordon Two Subscribing Witnesses and on Motion Ordered to be recorded at the Same time James Randolph and William Dye Qualified Executors --
Test A.E. Murphey CCC

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