To Mary Ann Jones and her two children.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
Be it remembered that I Henry S. Lloyd of Tarboro North Carolina being of sound mind and memory, but of infirm health do make and publish this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all other Wills by me at any time heretofore made
I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and I nominate and appoint Whitmel P. Lloyd and William Norfleet of the County of Edgecombe in the State of North Carolina, Executors and Trustees under this my last will and Testament
I authorize and empower my Said executors to carry on my farms for the term of two years after my decease, and to adopt all measures necessary for that purpose, if the same be necessary to pay my debts, and to apply the income thereon as the same may be received to the payment of my Said debts. I further authorize and empower my said Executors to sell and convey at public or private sale, all my real estate in the Town of Tarboro not Specially devised or otherwise disposed of in this my last Will and to apply the proceeds of the Said Sale to the payment of my debts and legacies
I give and bequeath to my Aunt Helen B. Slade, all my right title and interest in the farm on which she lives
I also give and bequeath to my said Aunt Helen B. Slade all my negroes on my Roanoke plantation, also all my negroes on my Edgecombe farms which I got from Martin County whether I inherited or purchased them
After the payment of my debts I give and bequeath to the two children of Mary Ann Jones, free colored woman, twenty five hundred dollars each, and I direct that the said money shall be received and held by William Norfleet in trust to apply so much of the income of the said Legacies, as he may deem necessary for the support of the Said children during their minorities; and to pay the principal, and the accumulation of interest to them, as they shall respectively, arrive at the age of twenty one years. Should either of the children die during her minority without issue, then to pay the same to the survivor, and if both of the said children should die under the age of twenty one years, and without issue, then to pay the said principal and the accumulation of interest to their mother, but should either of the said children die leaving issue, the said issue shall take his, her or their mothers share
I give and devise to Mary Ann Jones, free colored woman of the said Town of Tarboro, and to her heirs and assigns forever the lot of ground and the house thereon erected in the Town of Tarboro in which she now lives. I also give and bequeath to her the sum of one hundred Dollars a year, for and during the term of Ten years
I give and devise to the daughter of Elizabeth Bland of the County of Martin, in the State of North Carolina (the said daughter being her first child and the one the paternity of which she imputed to me) and to her heirs and assigns forever, certain tracts of Land in the said county, containing about four hundred and sixty acres more or less, being the premises which I purchased of Amileach C. Williams, as by his deed to me will more fully appear, but should the said child die during her minority without issue, then I give and bequeath the said tracts of land to her mother, the said Elizabeth Bland, and to her heirs and assigns forever.
I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Bell the sum of five hundred Dollars absolutely, and I give to her in trust the sum of one hundred Dollars to be expended by her, from time to time in the purchase of clothing for James Adams as he may need them
I give and bequeath to my friend William Norfleet my negro woman Nancy, and her two youngest children I also give and bequeath to him my buggy and two black mares
I give and bequeath to my friend Joel Lewis, my gold watch, and my bay Horse which I bought of Tom Cook
All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give, devise and bequeath, one third thereof to my sister Mary Louise Caldwell, and to her heirs and assigns forever, one third thereof to my brother Whitmel P. Lloyd and to his heirs and assigns forever, and the remaining one third to David Barlow in trust to receive the rents, issues, profits and income thereof, and to pay the same to my brother, Joseph W. Lloyd for and during the term of his natural life, and after the death of my said brother, I give, devise and bequeath the said one third, to the Children of my said brother, who may be then alive, and to the issue of such as may be then dead leaving issue, and should all of the children of my brother Joseph be dead, at the time of his decease, without leaving issue, then I give, devise and bequeath the said one third of my estate to my said brother Whitmel and sister Mary Louisa, their heirs and assigns, and should they or either of them be then dead, the child or children of my said deceased brother or sister shall take his or her or their parents share absolutely and in fee
In testimony whereof, I the said Henry S. Lloyd the testator above named, have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal, this 13th day of February Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty /s/ Henry S. Lloyd
Witnessed by E. Barnes and Jno. Norfleet, proved at February Term 1860. Edgecombe County Will Book G, p. 181.
In the 1860 census of Tarboro, Edgecombe County: Mary Jones, 23, her daughters George A., 3, and Mary, 1, and mother Charity Jones, 42, plus Jackey Thomson, 49.
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