She shall be set free and taken care of.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
In the Name of God Amen. I Abraham Bass of Nash County being of perfect mind and memory do this seventeenth day of June in the year of our Lord 1803 make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner an form following to wit:
Item: I give and bequeath to Ann Rose wife of Thomas Rose ten pounds current money.
Item: I give and bequeath to Ann Moore wife of Collum Moore Ten pounds current money.
Item: I give and bequeath to Charity Rogers daughter of Robert Rogers deceased ten pounds current money.
Item: I give and bequeath to Mourning Rogers daughter of Robert Rogers deceased ten pounds current money.
Item: I give and bequeath to Zona Rogers daughter of Robert Rogers, ten pounds current money.
Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Jordan Bass one still.
Item: I give and bequeath to Thomas Hamilton one Negro woman named Little Rose also one blue chest.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Bridgers one horse called Charlemain, one sadle and bride, and one bed and furniture her choice.
Item: My desire is that my Negro girl named Sylvia shall be set free and that Thomas Hamilton should have the care of her until she is twenty one years of age.
Item: My desire is that all the rest of my estate both real and personal not all ready given away to be sold and after paying the above legacys and debts to be equally divided between Elizabeth Bridgers and Zion Bass Heirs and John Bass Heirs in the following manner to wit: the one half of the whole of the sweeping legacy to Elizabeth Bridgers.
Item: The other half to be divided in the following manner between Jordan Bass, Polly Parker, Quinne Bass, Aldin Bass, Kitchen Bass, John Bass and Mourning Floyd.
Item: My will is that Polly Parker part of legacy shall be discretionary with my executors whether they pay her or not, until the expiration of six years.
Item: My will and desire is that if Fed Floyd husband of Mourning Floyd ever brings a lawsuit against my self or my executors for any part of my estate his part then to be only forty shillings and balance over and above the forty shillings to be for the use of supporting the said lawsuit.
Item: I constitute and appoint William Bridgers Jesse Bass and George Boddie executors to this my last will and testament and I pronounce this to be my last will and testament and no other. /s/ Abraham Bass
Signed sealed and published in the presents of us
D. Sills, Lucy Boddie
Will Book 1, Page 157, Office of Clerk of Superior Court, Nash County Courthouse.