Contributed & transcribed by Pal Spencer
In the name of God Amen
I JAMES WOODARD of the County of Nash and State of North Carolina, being of sound disposing mind & memory (blessed be God) do make and ordain this my last Will and testament (hereby revoking all others) in manner & form following to wit.
Imprimes, I lend to my beloved wife MARY WOODARD during her natural life all my land & plantation & at the expiration thereof I give & bequeath the same to my grandson COLEMAN WOODARD (son of AARON WOODARD) to him & his heirs for ever. Also I lend to my wife MARY one negro man by the name of Robin & at her death I give & bequeath the sd negro Robin to my son AARON WOODARD to him and his heirs forever I lend also to my wife MARY WOODARD during her life two feather beds and furniture, one chest one Table & all my Kitchen furniture, one Sorrel Horse, two cows and calves, one sow & pigs (& give her as many fat Hoggs as will be sufficient to support her and family one year) one Cart & wheels, one plow well fixed for service, with good gear, And at the expiration of her life my will and desire is that the aforesaid property be divided in the following manner (viz) three fifth parts be equally divided between my three children namely AARON WOODARD, ELIZABETH HOLLAND & KIZIAH MASINGALE, & two fifths between the children of my two daughters, SARAH DANCE & MOURNING JACKSON.
Item, I give and bequeath to my grandson HENRY WOODARD (son of DAVID WOODARD) one feather bed without furniture to him and his heirs forever.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son DAVID WOODARD one Dollar and no more.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son DANIEL WOODARD one Dollar and no more.
Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter MARY HUNT BRASWELL nineteen Dollars which I have already paid & have to pay for her.
Item, I give and bequeath to the children of my son DAVID WOODARD each of them forty shillings Virginia Currency a piece to be put out on Interest till they arrive to the age of twenty one years.
And after my just debts being paid, my will and desire is that the rest and residue of my Estate (including my Mill) be divided in the following manner, viz., my three children, namely AARON WOODARD, ELIZABETH HOLLAND & KEZIAH MASINGALE to have three fifths parts, equal in division and the other two fifths to be equally divided between the children of my two Daughters, SARAH DANCE & MOURNING JACKSON, except one cow and yearling now in his possession which I give to my sd Daughter MOURNING & no more & one Dollar also which I give to my sd Daughter SARAH DANCE & no more.
And I hereby make and ordain my friend JAMES WILLIAMS & my son AARON WOODARD Executors to this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this 13th of February 1808. Interlined before signed}
Sign’d Seal’d publish his
And declared in the JAMES X WOODARD (Seal)
Presence of us mark
WM. BODDIE X
BOURELL X WOODARD
DAVID X WOODARD
This my Codisel I here unto Ennox unto my Will
Item, I give unto KEZEKIAH MASINGALE one Bed and furniture To her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and Bequeath unto my grand Son JAMES DANCE one Bed and furniture to him and his heirs for Ever.
Signed in presence of us; his
JAMES X WOODARD (Seal)
WM BODDIE X mark
This Eighteenth Day
His February 1808
SARAH X DANCE
Nash County } The foregoing will and codicil was duly proven in open Court & ordered to be recorded by the oath of WM. BODDIE a subscribing Witness to each & on Motion ordered to be Record
Attest Wm. Hall, CC
And is Registered in obedience to the above order
Attest Wm. Hall CC