John Phillips Will-d. 20 Nov 1839-Johnston County, NC

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Transcription of John Phillips Will

John PHILLIPS, SR. died 20 Nov 1839, survived by his wife Polly (Mary) and 10 children leaving a will (copy follows).

Lineage submitted: Phillips DNA Family Group 2

In the name of God, Amen:

I, John PHILLIPS senior of the County of Johnston and State of North Carolina, being weak in body and in bad health, but in sound mind and memory thanks be to God, and calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die; do, this day, make, ordain, establish and confirm my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, to wit:

First.-- My will and desire is that all my just debts shall be paid by my Executor, out of my property, as soon after my decease as it may be practicable.

Secondly.-- I give and bequeath unto each of my sons William PHILLIPS, Hamilton PHILLIPS, Dixon PHILLIPS, John PHILLIPS, JR., Elbert PHILLIPS, and Barna PHILLIPS, and my daughter, Edith WOODARD the sum of Fifty cents, to be fully and freely enjoyed by them and their Heirs and assigns forever: having heretofore given them more than I shall be able now to give my younger children.

Thirdly.-- I lend unto my beloved wife Polly PHILLIPS my land whereon I now live, and all the balance of my property of every description, which may remain after paying my just debts and which is not otherwise disposed of, during her natural life or widowhood; and after her decease or marriage I then give and bequeath the same unto my three sons, namely, Fort T. PHILLIPS, Elijah H. PHILLIPS and Lewis P. PHILLIPS, to be equally divided amongst them, share and share alike, and to be fully and freely enjoyed by them and their heirs and assigns forever.

Lastly.- I nominate and appoint my friend Jesse HOLT, Executor to this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This the 26th day of September A.D. 1839.

John PHILLIPS, SR. (seal)

Signed & sealed in the

Presence of

Etheldred HOLT


Excr. Refuses to qualify-


Transcription by: Douglas Phillips