The last will &
Testament of James Poteat of the County of Caswell and the state of North
Carolina, Being of sound mind and the right to dispose of this estate in
the way he may desire.
Item 1: I give and bequeath to my darling wife Forest Home place with all
the land west of the main road from Yanceyville to Milton commencing at
James Williamson's corner out said road and following said road up to
Longsline including the mill tract, the Poteat tract, the Willis tract,
the Sawyer's tract & Ceogne tract containing all is supposed 500 or 600
acres more or less, with the mill and all its appurtenances thereunto
belonging together with my hotel lot, household 7 kitchen furniture and
all my horses, cows, hogs, absolutely to do as she may desire with it all
also all vehicles.
Item 2: The balance of my land shall be equally divided between my 5
children Jas. P. Poteat, W.L. Poteat, Ed. M. Poteat, Ida I. Poteat, Emma
L. Poteat, making all equal in value.
Item 3: The lands that Ida I. & Emma L. Poteat should they marry and have
no children or child after their death shall come back to my estate and be
divided between the remaining heirs And in
case they do not marry they have the same right to dispose of their land
to anyone they may chose first consulting my executor whom on Item 5 I
Item 5: Mrs. J.P. Poteat, J.P. Poteat & W.L. Poteat who are here
Item 6: The warehouse and lot and the factory lot & houses shall be sold
on the most favorable terms and the money arising from the sale to be
applied to my outstanding debts or as may be deemed best by my above named
Item 7: The bonds I hold against any one must be settled by compromise if
possible to do so. I wish Bettie P. Lindsay to be educated as far as Emma
L. Poteat, caring for her as one of our family, and paying her expenses
out of any profit either from farm or mill.
Item 8: It is my desire that after my decd as soon as is convenient for
my executors to let J. C. Lindsay & his sister, Lou Lindsay have two
hundred dollars each from my estate from any sources they may think best.
G.R. Lindsay already has received from me five thousand, six hundred
dollars, the father of these children J.C. Lindsay and his sister, Lou
Lindsay & Bette P. Lindsay.
In testimony I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 2nd day July,
Thomas J. Florence
October 4. 1888
In the last few days I have made a deed of land to James P. Poteat (deed
will describe it) forgetting the leaving of my will to the same.
Thereupon I add this codicil that this piece of land that his deed calls
for is to be valued with all the balance of my land given to my children
and all made equal. The land Ida Poteat draws is hereby absolutely given
to her so that she may dispose of the same as she may choose first
In testimony I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This the 4th day of
James Poteat (seal)