Sunday, March 8, 2009

Last Will & Testament of Benjamin Register

Death of the elder Benjamin Register Date: April 5th, 1811
Notes: The Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Register of Sampson co., NC

"In the name of God Amen, I Benjamin Register of the county of Sampson and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and perfect memory blessed be God, do this fifth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form that is to say.In the first place, I give and bequeath unto my son John Register my negro Penny, to him and his heirs forever my said negro woman Penny being old and somewhat infirm and having been hither a faithful slave to me in consideration thereof and for the taking of said negro woman in case she should become helpless, as it is likely she may and within a few years. I also give and bequeath unto my son John Register ten dollars, to be paid in money, also what property my negro woman Penny has of her own, to wit, a bed _____ and furniture, a chest, a table and two chairsd, etc. I give and bequeath unto my son John Register in care for my said Negro woman Penny, it being my wish she should enjoy them together with a cotton wheel and two pair of cotton cards.Secondly I give and bequeath unto the heirs or children of my son Silas Register deceased the sum of forty shillings to be paid them in money by my executors, and to be equally divided among them.Thirdly and lastly, I give and bequeath the balance of my estate unto my sons Thomas Register, Benjamin Register, John Register, Joseph Register, and my daughter Mary Cook to them and theirs forever to be equally divided among them, and I hereby make and ordain my son John Register and my trusty friend John Bryan, Executors to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and date above written.

Signatures:Benjamin Register signed with his mark which looks like a capital "B"

Signed, sealed published and declared by the said Benjamin Register the testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us who were present at the time of signing and sealing thereof.
John Bryan
Burrell Register
John Register
Elias Sutton

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