Will of John Thompson - March 18, 1774
In the name of God Amen! I John Thompson of Rowan County in the province of
North Carolina being weak of body but of sound mind and memory, Thanks be given
to God, therefore calling to mind the Mortality of the Body; and that it is
appointed for all men once to die: Do make and ordain this my last Will and
That is to say, principally and ﬁrst of all I give and bequeath my Soul to
Almighty God who gave it, nothing doubting but I shall receive the same again
reunited with my Body at the general Resurrection by the mighty power of God,
and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and
decent manner at the Discretion of my Executors in sure Expectation of the
above mentioned. And as touching such worldly Goods as it hath pleased God to
bless me in this life, I give, devise & dispose of the same in the following
manner and form.
First, I allow my lawful Debts and funeral charges to be paid out of my
Secondly, I give and bequeath unto Martha my dearly beloved Wife, her bed
and bed clothes, all her wearing apparel, her Spinning Wheel & Check Reel and
one black Cow, these things to be solely at her own Disposal; and also one
Horse to be purchased for her about fourteen Pounds price together with her
saddle, one brindled cow, one little oak chest, one iron Pot & an iron Skillet,
these Things to be at her command for her use and Beneﬁt during the term of her
natural life and then to be sold and the money thence arising be equally
divided amongst my surviving Children
Thirdly: I give and bequeath my well beloved Son Alexander Thompson one half
the Plantation whereon I now dwell, to be laid off on the North East of said
Plantation including the House, Mill and other Improvements thereon and it is
my Will that my said son Alexander give and allow my Wife Martha a comfortable
maintenance on his said part of the Plantation during the time of her
Fourthly: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Thomas Thompson the
other half of the Plantation whereon I now dwell, to be laid off on the South
End, which Plantation being so divided I give and bequeath to my said two Sons
and their heirs and assigns forever.
Fifthly: I give and bequeath unto my eldest Son William Thompson the Sum of
ﬁfteen pounds Pennsylvania money.
Sixthly: I give and bequeath unto my second Son John Thompson the like Sum
of ﬁfteen pounds Pennsylvania money.
Seventhly: I give and bequeath unto my third son Joseph Thompson the Sum of
one shilling sterling.
Eigthly: I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Margaret Thompson the
sum of seven pounds of proclamation money.
Ninethly: I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Rachel McGauchey the
sum of ﬁfteen Pounds proc. money.
Tenthly: I give and bequeath unto my step-daughter Agnes Allison two
Eleventhly: I give and bequeath unto my children who may be in the Province
at the Time of my death all my books to be distributed among them equitably by
my Executors; and also the Waggon (sic) and Gears together with all and
singular my plantation utensils & Carpenter’s Tools, Household Furniture and
other moveable Estate, not already mentioned I allow to be valued by two or
three honest and upstanding Neighbors to be nominated for that purpose by my
Executors, and then divided equally between such of my said Children as are or
may be in Carolina at the time of my death, or at the time of such Division,
according to such valuation as appropriate.
Lastly, I hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my dearly beloved Son
Alexander Thompson and my trusty Friend and son-in-law John Brown sole
executors of this last will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow &
revoke all former Wills, Testaments, Legacies, Bequests and Executors,
conﬁrming this and no other to be my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof
I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 18th day of March in the year of our
Lord Christ 1774.
Signed, sealed, published and approved by the said John Thompson as his Last
Will and Testament in witness of such have hereunto subscribed our names as
(Rowan County NC Wills, Book A-B, pp 177-178)