Will of William O. Short, 1815
WILL BOOK A
In the name of God Amen, I William O. Short of Rockingham County and
State of North Carolina being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and
memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and know that it is
doomed for all men once to die, do this first day of March A.D. Eighteen
hundred and fifteen make and publish this my last Will and testament in
manner & form following. That is to say first I recommend my body to the grave
to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors and
my Soul unto the hands of almighty God that gave it.
Item 1st First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Jean Short one
hundred acres of land lying up and down the road it being part of the
Mitchell tract during her natural life or her remaining my widow
taking in my mansion house, provided she should raise my youngest son
Wilson Short and give him one years schooling at least but if she the
said Jean Short should fail to do that, she is only to have the benefit of
Fifty acres taking in my mansion house and lying on the south side of the
land and have the benefit of the one hundred acres for five years let her
school my son or not. Also I give her one sorrel mare known by the name
of Diamond mare also one cow and calf, one sow & pigs, our bed &
furniture and her own saddle, also two flax wheels and one cotton wheal.
Item 2nd I give to my daughter Polly Blackburn one Bay horse known by the
name of Friday.
Item the 3rd I give to daughter Sarah Delay the plantation whereon she now
lives and a part of my old plantation beginning at the creek then up to
the old house & thence up to the draw barn for two years provided she
should take one of my sons that is to say Samuel Short & board wash
make & mind for him during the term of two years and also give him
schooling for one of the above years, for the use of said land & the
balance of his time he is to work for her benefit.
Item 4th I give to my daughter Delilah Blackburn the balance of the old
plantation up to R Cummings line for two years with the privilege of
moving the old Shop anywhere for her own benefit, provided she should take
my son Briar Short and board make and mind for him and give him one year
schooling the balance of his time he is to work for her benefit.
Item the 5th I give to my Daughter Rachel Richard fifty dollars to be raised
out of the sale of my chattle property.
Item the 6th I give to my two sons Samuel Short & Briar Short all my old tract
of land to be equally divided (equal number of acres) beginning at the
creek and running up to the south line, and also I give to Samuel Short my
Medly horse and to my son Briar Short my pedge mare which Delilah
Blackburn is to take with my son Briar and have the use of, and feed
during the time she keeps him, and also Sarah Delay is to take the horse
left to Samuel Short & feed and use him during the two years she keeps
Item the 7th I give to my son Wilson Short all the balance of my land to have
full privilege of the whole after the death of my wife or her seasing to
be my widow. I also give him a filly which is the only one I have.
Item the 8th I give to my son Aaron Short five shillings,
and to my son James Short five shillings
and to my son Moses Short five shillings
and to my son William Short five shillings
all to be raised out of the sale of my chattle property and all the balance of my
property to be sold to the highest bidder and after paying all my just
debts the balance of the proceeds is to be divided between my Daughter
Rachel Richards & my grand daughter Jean Short so as for Rachel to have
fifty Dollars and Jean to have twenty Dollars and if a balance should
still remain it is to be equally divided between the said Rachel
Richards & the said Jean Short my grand daughter - I also will that as
much of my corn be sold for cash as will raise the sum of thirty three
dollars which is money I hold in my hands due my Bro Moses Short as a
legacy. And I hereby make and ordain my worthy friends John Lowe and
Nathaniel D. Murray Executors of this my last will & testament in witness
whereof I the said William O. Short have to this my last will and
testament set my hand & affixed my seal this day & year above written.
William O. Short (seal)
Signed sealed published & declared
by the said William O. Short the Testator
as his last Will & testament in the
presence of us who were present at the time
of signing and sealing thereof
We were present at the signing and sealing of the within.
George Loman [? Samon**] + mark
State of North Carolina
County of Rockingham
May Sessions 1815
The Executors of the within last will and testament of William O. Short
was duly proved in open court by the oath of George Lomans [? Simons***] and on motion
the same was ordered to be recorded.
R Galloway C.C.
I am still not certain of George's last name. He made his mark +.
**Surname could be SAMON, LAMON or LOMON.
***Surname could be SIMONS, LOMONS, or LEMONS.
NOTE: It is possible that George Lomax was the witness, however, this document does not show his name.
Transcribed by H. Carmine.