Will of William B. Smith

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Will of William B. Smith

Ashe County, North Carolina

In the name of God Amen.

I Wm. B Smith of Ashe County North Carolina being of sound mind and memory and knowing the shortness of life and the sertennity of death do Make and establish this my last will and testament.

Item the 1st I give and bequeth to my beloved wife Evaline Smith two hundred acres of Land for her use during her natural life and hit to include the house and building and one Rone Mare one sorrel horse and one bay mare Twenty head of chattle Thirty head of sheep and Twelve head of hogs and all the Grain now on hand and all the Grain of all kinds that I have saved and is now growing and the Rent grain that is due me at Harvey Plummers and all the hay and forage of all kinds that is now on hand and all the moneys on hand and one waggon and all the iron that is now on hand of Every kind and all the farming Tools of Every kind two Beds and bedstids and the nesasary bed close for The same and all the house hold and citchen furnature of all kinds and all the Bacon and Lard that is now on hand and all the leather and salt and every other thing that is mine I give and Bequeath to my wife Evaline Smith everything that I do not name or have not named and shall not give and Bequeath to my several heirs or children in this will I give to heir her natural life.

Item the 2nd I give and bequeth to my son John C Smith nine hundred Dollars out of the proceeds of the dets due me and one bed.

Item the 3rd I give and bequeath to my son Joshua M. Smith my lands in Wilkes County, NC. One hundred and twenty acres more or less lying on the north fork of Reddis River the land that my uncle Whitley willed to me and two beds and every other thing there belonging to my Uncle William Bequeathed to me I Give and bequeath it to him and my will is that he shall take care of my Aunt Elizabeth Whitley as I was to do and I give and bequeath to him one cow and one shot gun and one hundred dollars to be paid him out of the proceeds of my dets.

Item the 4th I give and bequeath to my son Elijah F. Smith the Land known as the Poe land ajoining John Davis and John Richardson Beginning on a hickory Davis's Corner and Running west ward with Richardsons line to the Cross road then Southward with a road passing through a lane to a marked Black oak bush near the mouth of said lane thence Southward to two marked Chesnut Bushes thence runing down a ridge Eastward to the Forkes of a small Branch thence down said branch to a marked servis on the south bank of said branch then east to John Davis line then nowthward with said Davises line to the beginning and I give and bequeath to him one sorrel mare and one cow and calf and three head of sheep and one young sow and one heifer yearline my rifle gun and one saddle and one bed and one stand of bees and I give and bequeth to him Elijah and Joshua four hundred and eighty pounds of iron of grain and the wood works of a wagon that is at John Stampens shop.

Item the 5 I give and bequeath to my son Andrew B. Smith my lands on the long branch the lands that I purchased of Joseph Reedy where Harvey Plummer now lives one hundred twenty seven acres and one bed and one cow.

Item the 6th I give and bequeath to my son Wm. W. Smith my lands where Alexander Warren now lives one hundred and thirty five acres and one cow and one bed.

Item the 7th I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha one hundred and fifty acres of land lying on the south side of my hoam tract hit to include the davis house one young Rone horse and one cow and two Sheep and one bed and Bed stid and the necessary bed close for the same and one chest with a drawer and one chest with drawers.

Item the 8th I give and bequeath to my daughter Sary Smith one hundred and twenty acres of land on the East side of my hoam tract ajoining the lands of John davis and Riley Blevins and one young bay horse and one cow and two head of sheep and one writing table with a drawer and one Chest and one bed and one bed stead and the nessary bed close for the same.

Item the 9th I give and bequeth to my daughter Matilda one hundred and twenty acres of land and hit to be taken off of her mothers lot of land at her mothers death or at such time as she the said Matilda may become of age or may need it and hit to include the house and Buildings and I bequeath to Matilda one bed and bed stid and the nesasary bed close for the same and one writing table or a table with a drawer one cow and two sheep and one chest and my will is that her mother Evaline furnish Matilda a good horse creture out of the horses I have willed to her.

Item the 10 My will is that all that my wife Evaline may have on hand at the time of her death in money and personal property shall be Equally divided between my sons Joshua Elijah Andrew and William and my three daughters Martha Sarah and Matilda. Item the 11th My will is that after my daughter Matildas land one hundred and twenty acres is taken out of the land I have give to my wife Evaline during her natural life that the balance of the land in my home track suposed to be six hundred and forty acres be the same more or less my will is that hit be equally divided between my son Elijah and my three daughters Martha Sarah and Matilda and that they be made Equal in land.

Item the 12th My will is that if the commisioning allotted by the cort do not pay my executor for his services that he be paid out of the notes that I hold on him Joseph B. Parsons one for one hundred and thirty three dollars and 15 cts and the other for seventy seven dollars and 15 cts both Executed in 1860 eighteen sixty.

Item the 13th I make and appoint my faithful friend Joseph B. Parsons of Ashe County North Carolina my Executor to this my last Will and Testament Given under my hand and seal this 15th day of February 1864.

Wm B. Smith {Seal}
C. C. Stump
?. ?. Phipps
A. Warren
North Carolina
Ashe County
Feby Term 1864
The written will was proved in open court by the oaths Of A. Warren and added to be ?
James Wagg, Clerk