The Will of John Rice of Caswell County, North Carolina
[John Rice married Leticia Estes - daughter of Richard Estes & Mary (Yancey?)]


Book C, pages 197 and 198

January Court 1797


In The Name of God Amen, I john Rice of the County of Caswell and State of
North Carolina, being in low State of health, but of perfect sence and
Memory, thanks be to God for the blessings, calling to mind the Mortallity
of my Body and Knowing that it is appointed unto man to Die, do make and
Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and form following, to
Wit, I commend my soul to God who Gave It hoping thro~ the Mediation of
Jesus Christ to be received of him, my body to be decently buried at the
discretion of my after named Executors, Hoping Its resurection thro~ Jesus
Christ to Eternal Glory at the last Day. And to what Worldly Goods It hat
pleased God to endow me with, I will and bequeath them in Manner and form
following, to Wit, I lend unto my beloved wife Lettisha during her life or
widdowhood, the land and plantation whereon I now live except thirty acres,
together with three feather beds and furniture, Four Cows and their
Yearlings, her Choice, Ten Head of Sheep, three Horses, to Wit, a Gray Mare
and Brown baldfaced Mare and Coult, and all the Household and Kitchen
Utensils together with the Stock of Hogs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Item I lend to Susannah Rice, widow of my son John Rice Decd, thirty acres
of land Including the the Improvement whereon she now lives in the Most
convenient Manner to be Occupied and enjoyed by her during her Widdowhood

Item I also lend unto my beloved wife during her life or Widdowhood my Two
Negroes, to Wit, Will and Agness - -

Item, I also lend unto my Daughter Anna Williams my Negroe woman Frank
which she now has in her possession during her life and at her Death, I
leave the said Negroe woman Frank and her Increase to be equally Divided
among the surviving Children of my Daughter Anna Williams to them their
Heirs or Assigns forever - -

Item I will and Desire that the residue of my estate not lent or given
before except the plantation tools, which I also lend unto my beloved wife,
be sold and the Money be applied to use of paying my Debts, and the balance
if any to be Kept in the Hands of my Executors for purposes hereafter to be
Mentioned - -

Item my will and Desire further is that after the Death or Intermariage of
my Wife that all the estate that to her both real and personal be sold, and
out of the Money arising therefrom, I Give and bequeath to my son Thomas
Rice Thirty Pounds Virginia Money and likewise to my Daughter Mary Rice
Thirty Pounds Virginia Money, and likewise to my son William Rice Thirty
Pounds Virginia Money, and likewise to my son Nathaniel Rice Thirty Pounds
Virginia Money to them their Heirs or assigns forever and the balance I
leave to be equally Divided among the whole of my Children or their Heirs
or assigns forever - -

Item, I also leave that part of my estate which is lent to Susannah Rice at
her Death or Intermariage to be sold and the Money arising therefrom to be
in like Manner equally Divided among the whole of my Children or their
Heirs or assigns forever - -

Lastly I nominate and appoint my son William Rice and my Son Nathaniel Rice
and my Son in law John Rice executors of this my last will and Testament to
be performed. In Witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this
fourteenth day of November one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six


Signed Sealed Published and}
Declared in presence of }
John Rice (Seal)
Robert Mitchell (Jurat)
John Henslee (Jurat)

Caswell County,

The Execution of this Will was duly proved in Open Court by
the Oaths of Robert Mitchell and John Henslee Two Subscribing Witnesses
thereto and on Motion Ordered to be recorded - -


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