In the name of God, Amen, I ANN YANCEY of the county of Caswell and State of North Carolina, this the 29th day of April 1816, being of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body do recommend my spirit to God that gave it - and as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with. I give and dispose of the same in the following manner - that is to say:
In the first place I give and bequeath to my son Bartlett Yancey a negro man named Isaac [_ ___?] I have heretofore given to him and the right and title to which I do hereby confirm.
Item - I give and bequeath to my granddaughter NANCY YANCEY one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, and one ewe and lamb.
Item - I give and bequeath to my granddaughter PRISCILLA HOWARD one bed and furniture which I have heretofore [advanced?] to her, one cow and calf, and one ewe and lamb.
Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter ELIZABETH SLADE one walnut [_____?] and table.
Item - I give to my daughter ISABELL COLLIER one large arm chair and my trunk.
Item - I give and bequeath to my granddaughter SALLY RICE a sum of money to be raised out of my estate sufficient to purchase her a [f/p?]ill[___?] suitable for her at the discretion of my executors.
Item - I give and bequeath to my sons: JOHN, JAMES AND BARTLETT YANCEY a negro girl named Milly and a negro boy named Squire upon the special trust and confidence however, that they, the said JOHN AND JAMES AND BARTLETT or a majority of them, all annually appropriate to the use of my daughter NANCY JOHNSTON or to her children all the profit and benefit arising from the hire or other use of the said Negroes for and during the lifetime of the said NANCY JOHNSTON leaving it in the power and authority of the said JOHN, JAMES AND BARTLETT or a majority of them to permit said negroes to be and remain in the possession and use of the said NANCY JOHNSTON if they shall think it prudent to do so. And I do hereby [_____?] it upon them to do so if it shall appear to be most convenient and safe for her the said NANCY and she shall request it.
And after the death of the said NANCY JOHNSTON I do hereby give and bequeath the aforesaid negroes: Milly, Squire, and the increase of Milly to the children of the said NANCY which bequest and gift as aforesaid I do in time and well as a full share or portion of all my estate to the said NANCY or any other person or persons [claiming?] under her.
Item, My will is that the residue of my estate of every kind shall be divided between the following persons and in the following manner: To my grandson YANCEY WILEY and my granddaughter SALLEY RICE I give and bequeath one eighth part of the residue of my estate to be raised out of the same in money. If they shall arise to the full age of twenty one years to be paid to them by my Executors with [interest?] therefrom and after two years from and after my decease and if they or either of them shall die before they arrive to that age the aforesaid one eighth part thus given to each of them shall be divided between all of my children or their representatives.
To my sons JOHN, JAMES AND BARTLETT YANCEY I give and bequeath one eighth part of the residue of my estate to be raised in money upon this special trust and [confidence?] --- that they the said JOHN, JAMES AND BARTLETT YANCEY or a majority of them shall annually from and after two years after my decease appropriate to the use and benefit of my daughter MARY GRAVES otherwise MARY RIDDLE or to her children all the [profit?] and benefit arising from the interest of the said money for and during the life term of the said MARY and after the death of the said MARY I do hereby give and bequeath the sum of money aforesaid to the children of the said MARY which bequest and gift as aforesaid I intend as her full share of all my estate.
To each of my sons JOHN, JAMES AND BARTLETT YANCEY and to my daughter ELIZABETH SLADE I give and bequeath the one eighth part of my said estate.
To my daughter ISABELL COLLIER I [lone?] the one eighth part of my said estate during her lifetime and the lifetime of her husband and after their decease to be equally divided between the children of the said ISABELL COLLIER.
Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons JOHN, JAMES AND BARTLETT YANCEY to be the whole and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament revoking and annulling all others in witness whereof I have hereunto set my and seal this day . . .
ANN + YANCEY
Signed, sealed and mark
published in presence of us
SOLOMON GRAVES & BARZALAI GRAVES
State of North
This Last Will and Testament of ANN YANCEY decd. was duly offered for probate [when?] SOLOMON GRAVES one of the subscribing witnesses thereto being sworn did dispose and say that the said ANN YANCEY signed, sealed and delivered this will as her Last Will and Testament in his presence and in the presence of BARZALAI GRAVES the other subscribing witness - that at the time of signing the same she was of sound mind and disposing memory whereupon it was ordered by the court that the said will be recorded and BARTLETT YANCEY one of the Executors named in the will came into open court and qualified to execute the same and letting testamentary issued accordingly.