Bertie County North Carolina, Term 1797
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Mary Callum, being of perfect and "disposing" mind and memory, and at the present time by the
goodness of God, blessed with a "tolerable" (?) share of health, yet calling to mind the frailty of human nature, & the
unavoidable necessity "is" hereby "thus" determined for us allowance to die. With my own
advanced period of life & the consequent and necessary approach of my end and disposition do make, constitute
and appoint this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other and former wills by me made.
In the first place, resign my soul to the good hands of God. The author of its existence & my body to the
earth. To be buried in a Christian like manner
Also if there should be any just claims against me "or" "granted"(?) me, it is my sincere desire they should be
honorably paid out of the small portion of "the" total "wolds" (?) goods I may be possessed of-----
In the next place, it is my will and desire to & hereby give & bequeath to Elizabeth Thompson one feathered
bed & furniture, one cow and calf, one cow and yearling, with their increase, one "linen" (?) wheel, one
bed, one loom, one chest, one pewter "dish" (?) and basin, & "ten" (?) pewter plates.
Thirdly-I lend to John Thomson the use of one bed & furniture & one mare during his life & at his decease.
I give and bequeath the said bed and furniture to James Thompson and his heirs .
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to John Thompson, son of William, one two-year old heifer with her increase,
and all the rest of my flock of cattle to William Thompson & his heirs.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto the aforementioned Elizabeth, all the remainder of my goods & Estate,
of whatever kind or nature form they may be.
Lastly, I constitute and appoint William Thompson the Executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof & have here unto set my hand & Seal this fifteenth day of August in the year of our
Lord one thousand and seven hundred & ninety-one.
Signed sealed & "disclosed" (?) in presence of us,
Mary Callum her mark
State of North Carolina Aug. 15th, Term 1797
*Words bordered with " " were not clearly written in the will.
Transcribed and shared with us by C. W. Barnum.
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