Of sound mind and memory.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
I Charles Winn of the County of Wayne and State of North Carolina being in sound mind and memory do this the 2nd day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and eighty one make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and in form following that is to say
Item 1st – I leave to my beloved wife America Winn the plantation where on I now live during hir natural life time, and after her death I give and bequeath the said plantation to the lawfull heirs of her body.
Item 2st – I give and bequeath to William Winn, Churchwell Winn, Margaret Capps, Levi Winn, Mary Winn, Francies Winn, Charles Winn, Wyett Winn and Nancy Winn, my tracks of land lying on Brooks Swamp and adjoining the lands of A.T. Grady and the heirs of James Kelly Dec’d to be devied between them.
Item 3 – I leave to my wife all of my Househole and Kitchen furntiture during hir naturall life and after hir death to be devied between hir children.
Item 4th – I leave all of the balance of my personall property to be sold by my Executor for cash and pay all of lawfull debts and the Balance if any to be devied between the children of my wife America Winn.
Item 5th – I do here by constitute and appoint James Winn Executor to this my last will and testament, in witness where off I Charles Winn Sr. have here unto set my hand and seal. Charles X Winn
Signed and sealed in the presents of us who at this time subscribed our own name as witnesses there to – John A. Kornegay Jr., George Winn
Office of Clerk of Superior Court, Wayne County Courthouse, Goldsboro NC.
In the 1860 census of Brogden, Wayne County: Charles Winn, wife America, and children Churchill, Marina, Levyet, Mary, Frances, Wyatt, and Nancy.