This Dec. the 28 1911
State of N.C. County of Wayne
I Adam T. Artis of aforesaid State and County being of sound mind considering the uncertainty of life I hereby constitute and declare this to be my last will and Testament.
Item 1. I hereby constitute and appoint my friend S.S. Strother to execute this my last will.
Item 2. My executor shall prepare a decent burial for my body suitable to the wishes of my relatives and friends and pay for the same out of the first money that comes into his hands together with all my just debts.
Item 3. For the love and affection I have for my wife Katie Artis I give and bequeath unto her about 18 acres [illegible] of the Thompson Tract of land as widow dower [illegible] life together with all appurtenances thereto, I also give and bequeath unto said wife Katie all of my Household and Kitchen furniture with all other personal property belonging unto me to have and to hold during her natural life.
Item 4. I give as a Legacy unto my son Pinkney Artis $100.00 One hundred Dollars.
Item 5. I give unto my son June Scott Artis Ten Dollars for his full share of my property.
Item 6. I give unto my son Henry Artis Ten Dollars for his full share of my property.
Item 7. I give unto my son Columbus Artis Ten Dollars for his full share of my property.
Item 8. I give unto my son William Artis Five Dollars for his full share of my property.
Item 9. I give unto my son Walter Artis Five Dollars for his full share of my property.
Item 10. I give unto my daughter Josephine Artis Sherard Fifteen Dollars for her full share of my property.
Item 11. I give unto my son Robert Artis Five Dollars for his full share of my property.
Item 12. My executor shall sell the balance of my land after my death and pay over to my children the Items I have give to them and what is left shall be paid over to, in equal shares, Vicey Aldridge, Liza Everet, Augustus K. Artis, Georgana Reid, Mary Jane Artis, Emma D. Locus, Ida Reid, Lillie Thompson, Napoleon Artis, Haywood Artis, Addie Artis, Annie Artis, Alberta Artis, Jesse Artis, and at the death of my wife Katie the property I gave to her shall be equally divided between the 12 above named heirs, that are not limited. Testator – Adam X Artis.
Witness W.F. Lewis, J.J. Coley, J.E. Exum
Proved 1 May 1919. Will Book 4, page 398. Office of Clerk of Superior Court, Wayne County Courthouse, Goldsboro.
[Sidenote: Adam Artis bought and sold hundreds of acres near present-day Eureka in northern Wayne County. He outlived four wives (Winnie Coley, Lucinda Jones, Frances Seaberry, and Amanda Aldridge) and at least five of his children (Cain, Caroline, Adam jr., Emma, and Louetta). Son Noah is the only child not mentioned in his father’s will. Josephine A. Sherrod, Adam’s longest-lived child, died in 1988. –LYH]