I, Nicholas Thompson of the county of Caswell state of
North Carolina being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this my
last will and testament, to wit That my executors shall provide for my
body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends
and pay all expences and just debts out of monies that belong to my
Item 1st I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucretia Thompson my
dwelling house and all of the out houses belonging to my residence
in the town of Leasburg and all of real estate adjoining said town
(excepting my tanyard and lot there to thereto [words repeated in
original] for her sole use during her natural life also all of house
hold and kitchen furniture and my farming utensils belonging to said
place my carriage and a pair of horses Milly (a negro woman) and her
children and a negro man named Nathan and my stock of hogs and
cattle belonging to said place to have and use for her natural life.
Item 2nd It is my will that my said wife have all the interests dividends
and bonuses arising from my stock in the bank of the state of North
Carolina, the Yanceyville Bank and my North Carolina state bonds
during her natural life and should the charter or charters of either
bank expire during her life that the principal arising from said
banks or bank be reinvested in good stock and the interest arising
therefrom be paid to her during her life and should the bonds be
paid, it is my will that the amount be invested in other good stock
and the interest accruing thereon be disposed of as aforesaid.
Item 3rd It is my desire and my will that all of my property both real and
personal and money to be distributed equall among my children, the child
or children of a deceased son or daughter to represent their
deceased father or mother in the the division of my estate and the
more fully to carry out this intention, I have kept an account of
the advancements made to each of my children and now have the
receipts of my sons Joseph Sidney, James Young, Jacob and John for
five thousand dollars advanced to each of them, the receipt of my
son William for six thousand dollars advanced to him, the receipt of
Yancey Wiley for five thousand dollars advanced to the children of
my daughter Eliza Ann Wiley deceased and the receipt of Abner Y.
Lewis for five thousand dollars advance [sic] to my daughter Sarah
M. Lewis these advancements have been made [in] money, negroes, &
other property , also a running account against my son George Nicholas
as will be seen by reference to my Ledger, which advancements I wish to
be taken into consideration in the distribution of my estate.
Item 4th It is my will that all of my lands and real estate be sold at
publick auction by my executors and the proceeds in money arising
therefrom be divided and the proceeds in money arising therefrom be
divided equally among my children, the children of Eliza Ann Wiley
deceased representing their mother and taking one share except the
land given to wife which after her death will be sold, the proceeds
to be distributed as that arising from other lands.
Item 5 [sic] It is my will that all of my negroes except those given to my
wife be divided into eight lots to suit the families as much as possible
and the differences in the value of the lots to be made up in money
or monies belonging to my estate, one lot to go to each of my
children and one lot to the children of my daughter Eliza Ann Wiley
Item 6th It is my will that all of my perishable property excepting that
given to my wife be sold by my executors and the monies arising therefrom
distributed as in four & five.
Item 7th It is my will that all the debts that may be due me be collected
and distributed as in Item four & five.
Item 8th It is my will after the death of my wife that all of the property
given her for her life-time be sold and divided as directed in Item
four & five.
Item 9th I appoint my sons Joseph S. & George N. executors of this my last
will & testament.