Full and entire liberty.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

In the name of God Amen I Rebekah Black of the County of Iredell & state of Northcarolina being Sound in mind & memory but of old age & mindful of mortality do make ordain & declare this my last will & Testament as follows.

My negro man London I allow to be disposed of as follows for one year after my death I give & bequeath his servises & labor to my son Wm. the next year to my son James the next year to my son William & the next year to my son James after the sd. London shall have served my two sons affoursaid four years from the day of my death I give & bequeath to the sd. London his full & intire liberty this I do consideration of the faithfullness & meritoreous good servises of the sd. London as a servant to me during twelve years I have lived a widow & I do soncearly hope & trust in the fidelity of my executor & in the Justice & human sentiment of the legislature to confirm as far as may be necessary this my bequeathment to my faithful & trusty servant above named.

… I do hereby constitute & appoint my son Jas. Black  & Richar H. King executors of this my will hereby declaring all former Will or Wills by me made to be null & void & confirming Publishing & declaring this & none other to be my last will & testament this 4th Day of May in the year one Thous’d eight hundred & Eight Signed Sealed & Published & declared in Presence of Sam King, Cyntha King   {seal} Rebekah Black

Will Book 1, page 125-126. Office of Clerk of Superior Court, Iredell County Courthouse, Statesville.