Will of Robert Lanier 1744

Robert Lanier was my 7th great-grandfather. He was born in Barbados about 1674, and died about 1745 in North Carolina. I copied this will text from NC Genweb. See slave names in bold below.

In the name of God Amen. The twentieth Day of September in the year of our Lord God Everlasting one thousand seven hundred forty fore I Robert Lanier of the County of Terril and province of North Carilina planter being werry sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory all praise be given to God thearefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make ordain this to be my last will and testament that is to say principaly and first of all I give recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and ____ my body I commend it to the Earth to be buried in a Cristian like manner att the descresion of my Executors nothing doughting but att the Generall Resurection I shal receive the same again by the myty power of God touching such worldly Estate wharewith it haf pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and depose of the same in the following manner First I do order and define that all my just debts and my funeral charges be fully paid dicharged and satisfied and legases paid.

Item – I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah my Negro man named Jack and my negro woman named Nan forever likewise six cows and calfs and what stears belonging to my one Stock and the household furniture to her my said wife Sarah I likewise give the use of this my manner plantation to my beloved wife Sarah during her natural life and no longer.

Item – to my beloved daughter Jean I give one shiling Sterling money.

Item – to my beloved daughter Elizebeth I give one shiling Sterling money.

Item – to my beloved daughter Sarah I give one shiling Sterling money

Item – to my beloved daughter Anna Narah(?) Cristanah I give one shiling Sterling money

Item – to the lawful Estane of my daughter Grase I give one shiling sterling money.

Item – to my beloved daughter Samariah(?) I give one shiling Sterling money

Item – I will and bequeath to my beloved son William Lanier one bibele.

Item – I will and bequeath to my beloved son John Lanier one bibele

Item – I will and bequeath to my grandson Robert Daniel(?) my female negro child named Hannah.

Item – I will and bequeath to my grandson John Bryan one yerling hefer and the increase to be lefte in the care of my two sons afore mentioned til he arive at the age of twenty and one years.

Item – to my grandaughter Sarah Gilbert I ratife and confirm ____ that I formerly gave it being a yerling hefer which I desire may remain in the care of my beloved wife til she arive at the age of eighteen years or on her marrage day.

Item – to my grandaughter Mary Gilbert when she doth arive at the age of eighteen years or her marriage day I give and bequeath one yerling hefer and the increase to be left in the care of my beloved wife.

Item – Lifewise I desire yt my tools may be equaly divided to the use of my too sons and my grandson Robert Daniel.

Item – to the two orphan children raised in my house namly An Brown and Micaul Check I give and bequeath a yerling heffer each of them to be delivered at the discretion of my Executors to _ay the increase likewise

Item – to my grandson Adam Lanier I give one cow and calf.

Item – Likewise the remainder of my cattle after my legcases is all paid is to equaly devided between my two sons Wm Lanier and

{several lines not readable}……..will and desire that thear may be no misinterpitation or rong constructions put on this my last will and testiment but it may be understod I do nominate chose and apoint my beloved wife Sarah to be Executrix and my beloved son Wm Lanier and my beloved son John Lanier to be executors of this my last will and Testament Sined Selead Published and Declared in the presense of us.

Robert Lanier

Wm Willis
Robert Lanier Daniel
John Lanier

Tyrrel County
March Court 1744

Then the within will of Robert Lanier was proved in open court by the oaths of Robert Lanier Daniel and John Lanier Evidences thereto.

Test Thos. Lee Clerk Court

And at the same time William Lanier qualified as executor to the within will by taking the Executors Oath in due form of Law.

Ordered that the Honorable Nathl Rice Esqr. Secretary have notice hereof that lrs. may issue accordingly

Test Thos. Lee Clerk Court

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