This is the will of John Henderson, brother of Argaleus Hercules Henderson, AKA Argulus Henderson transcribed from a document obtained from the North Carolina State Archives. Where I was unsure of a word I placed a (?) next to it. If I could not make out a word I replaced it with a _____. Words are spelled as they were in the original. where there are incorrect spellings I placed (sic) following the word in question.
State of North Carolina } In the name of God Amen And County of Chatham }
I John Henderson of the State and County aforementioned, being in perfect Health and sound Mind, Calling to Remembrance, the Mortality of human Nature, and that it is Appointed by the Wise Disposer of all things, for all Men once to Die, do make and publish this my last Will, and Testament, Although my Property has been much Curtailed by Misfortunes, and the many Delapedations (sic) that has been made on it, I have devided (sic) what remains into Ten parts to Viz I give and bequeath, to my Deceased Daughter, Sarah Donaldson's Children two Tenths of all My Property, real, and Personal, wheresoever to be found, And my Three unmarried Daughters Charlotte, Jane, and Margaret Aytone, Two Tenths each, Always excepting out of the above division, James Bonman, who was, left by my Son's will to me, Charlotte, Jane, and Margaret, And as I have received Credit with Mr. McMollan On James Bonman's Acct for more than my part of his Value would Amount to, consequently, James Bonman Properly belongs to my Daughters, Charlotte, Jane, and Margaret Aytone. I also Bequeath to my Daughter Mary's Children, one Tenth part of all I possess, And the other tenth, to my Daughter Joannahs Children, And do hereby appoint my Two Grand Sons, Robert, and James Donaldson my Sole Executtors (sic), to this my last Will and Testament, Hereby revoking all prior wills Heretofore by me made, in Witness whereof I have hereunto signed my Name, and Affixed My Seal This 29th December in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred & Twenty three.
(signed) John Henderson (seal) Witness (signed) Wm Broadfoot (signed) Wiley B Straugham (seal) ------- Will proved May Session 1825 Chatham County May Sessions 1825
This last will and testament of John Henderson was exhibited in open court and proved by the oath of Wiley B Straughan one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and was ordered to be recorded and was recorded in Book B Lager 9 - The executors(?) within Named were duly qualified
(signed) Tho. Raglan Stele
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