In the name of God, amen, I LEWIS YANCEY of the county of Granville and state of North Carolina being weak and sick in body, but yet of sound mind and memory and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make, ordain and constitute this my Last Will & Testament in manner and form following.
First, I recomend my soul to God, who gave it, my body to the earth from whence it came, and as touching [worldy?] estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, devise, and dispose of the same in manner and form following:
Item - It is my desire that all my just debts be first paid out of the property hereafter named.
Item - I lend unto my beloved wife, MARY YANCEY all the tract of land whereon I now live, all of my negroes except those hereafter devised, household and kitchen furniture, stock of horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, and every species of property belonging to me during her natural life and the siad property subject, except th land to be first to be liable to discharge my just debts - leaving it in the power of my beloved wife MARY YANCEY to select any of the above named property which is not excepted, she thinks proper to give up to be disposed of on a credit of twelve months to satisify and fully discharge every cent therof.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter MARY L. CHRISTMAS after my death, a negro girl named Jinney, to her and her heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my grandson HENRY YANCEY one negro boy named Anthony to him and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter JANE GREEN the sum of five pounds current money to be made out of my estate, to her and her heirs forever in and for her legacy in my estate.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my son HENRY YANCEY all that tract or parcel of land whereon I now live at the death of my beloved wife MARY YANCEY to him, the said HENRY YANCEY and his heirs or asigns forever.
Item - it is my will and desire that all the balance of my estate after the death of my beloved wife Mary Yancey should be equally divided into two parts, one half of such I give unto my son HENRY YANCEY and his heirs forever. The other half I give to be equally divided between my six grandchildren (belonging to my daughter JANE GREEN formerly JANE CHRISTMAS) namely LEWIS CHRISTMAS, THOMAS H. CHRISTMAS, WILLIAM D. CHRISTMAS, MARY L. CHRISTMAS, SARAH D. CHRISTMAS and JANE Y. CHRISTMAS to them and their heirs forever.
Item - Lastly, I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my beloved wife MARY YANCEY Executrix, my son HENRY YANCEY and my friend RALPH GRAVES, executors to this my last will and Testament, heretofore made by me. My testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 9th day of April One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventeen.
LEWIS YANCEY (SEAL)
Signed, sealed & acknowledged
and delivered in presence of
HENRY YANCEY & MARY YANCEY qualified.
State of North Carolina
August Court 1819
The Executors of the foregoing Last Will and Testament of LEWIS YANCEY decd was duly proven on oath in open court by Overton Wiles and WILIE ROYSTER the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. At the same time came forward HENRY YANCEY and MARY YANCEY and qualified as an Executor & Executrix to the same.
STEPHEN K. SNEED CLK