To my trusty friend and former slave.

I, Sarah Boykin of the County of Wilson and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:

First That my Executor (hereinafter named) shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends and pay all funeral expenses together with my just debts howsoever and to whomsoever owing out of the money that may first come into his hand as a part or parcel of my estate

Item – I give and devise to my beloved niece Barbry Boykin and my trusty friend and former slave Mary Boykin (colored) my tract of land whereon I now live containing one hundred acres situated in the County of Wilson and State of North Carolina to be equally divided betwixt them to have and to hold to them and their heirs in fee simple forever

Item – My will and desire is that all the residue of my estate shall be sold and the debts owing to me collected and the surplus after paying my just debts be equally divided between my beloved niece Barbry Boykin and my trusty friend and former slave Mary Boykin (colored) to have and to hold to them and their heirs each forever

And lastly I do hereby constitute my trusty friend John Stanly Boykin my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other will and testaments by me heretofore made

In witness whereof I the said Sarah Boykin do hereunto set my hand and this the eighth day of January 1868.   Sarah X Boykin

Mary Boykin

Wilson County, North Carolina, Estate Records, 1854-1959, North Carolina Wills & Probate Records, 1665-1998,  [database on-line], http://www.Ancestry.com.

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