Wilkes Co., NC Will Book #2 Page 328

Thomas Benge's Will

Will of Thomas Benge Dec'd
State of North Carolina, Wilkes County
In the Name of God Amen I [Tho
mas Benge of the County & State aforesaid [being
of sound & Perfect Memory blessed be God , do [this
Twenty-first day of January in the Year of [our
Lord One Thousand eight Hundred & Eleven [??
Publish & declare this to be my last Will & Test [a
ment in the manner following.
First I give & bequeath unto my Wife [Su
sannah Benge One Negroe Woman named [Cloe
during her life & after her Death I give said N[egroe
Cloe unto my Son James Benge: I also leave [unto
my Wife Susannah Benge the Household furn[niture
and as much stock as would be judged Suffi[cient
for her Support until her death.
I also give unto my Grand Son Micajah [M.
Benge Son of William Benge the tract of lan[d
where I now live Containing Two Hundred Ac[res
I also give to my Wife Susannah Ben[ge
One Negroe Woman named Fany & one Ne[groe
Man named Jack during her life, & after [my
Wifes death I give my Negroe Woman Fany [to
my Son Richard Benge & after my Wifes [death
I give my Negroe Man Jack to my Grand S[on
Micajah M. Benge Son of William Benge & S[???
William Benge on Micajah M. Benges Richar[d
Negore Jack must pay to Richard Benge in [two
Years after my Wifes dec'd One Hundred Dol[lars
to be paid Fifty Dollars in each Year.
Item. I give to my Sons Micajah Benge, S[???
Benge, & Thomas Benge five Shillings each
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Item. I give to my Daughters Elizabeth Sparks,
Ann Samuel, Salley Gray & Susannah Martin
five Shillings each.
Item. I give the tract of Land lying on the little
Elkin Creek Containing two Hundred Acres unto
my Son Richard Benge.
Item. I leave all the balance of my land with
my Household furniture & Stock after my Wife
Susannah Benges dec'd to be Sold & the money
arising therefrom (on twelves Months Credit to
be equally divided between my two Daughters
Nancy Bryan & Molly Ray.
And I hereby make & Ordain my Worthy
friends John Martin Senr James Gray Junr
& Meridith Thurmond my Executors to this my
last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I the
said Thomas Benge have to this my last Will
& Testament set my hand & Seal the day and date
first written.
Sign'd Seal'd & Published | his
in the presents of | Thomas X Benge [seal]
R. Martin
Thomas Green
James Sanders
North Carolina |
Wilkes County | April Term AD 1811
This Will was duly proven in open court
by the Oaths of Robert Martin & Thomas Green
Meridith Thurmon was duly Qualified as one
of the Executors to said Will.
R. Martin Clk