The last will and testament of Patrick Williamson.

I, Patric Williamson of the County of Wilson, and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existance do make this my last will and testament, and declare the same in manner and 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 expences, together with my just debts, howsoever and to whomsoever owing, out of the moneys that may first come into his hands as a part or parcel of my estate.

Item 1st  I give and bequeath to my daughter Edney Ellen Williamson, that portion of my land lying between the land leading from near my house west to the new road, the line between me and the widow Aby Flowers, then south along said road to T.R. Lamm’s line, then East with said T.R. Lamm’s line to the Avanue leading from the Raleigh road north to the ende of the lane, the beginning, containing by estimation forty five acres more or less, to have and to hold, to her and her heirs, if any, if no bodily heirs, then to go back to her nearest of blood kin.

Item 2nd I give and bequeth to my son Henry Singler Williamson all the balance of my land to have and to hold to him and his bodily heirs born in wedlock if any, if no such heirs, then to go back to his nearest of blood kin.

Item 3rd I also give and bequeath to my son Henry S. Williamson my two horse farm waggon, my double barrell gun and one half of my kitchen furniture to be his and at his disposal forever after my death.

Item 4th I also give and bequeath to my daughter Edney E. Williamson all of my farming tools, one clock, her two choice feather beds, and furniture one fourth of my crop and provisions on hand, together with one chest one bureau one truck and the other half of my kitchen furniture not disposed of to have as her own right in property after my death, and it is also my will and intention that Edney E. Williamson have the free use of my houses during her single life.

And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty son Henry S. Williamson 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 claus thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I the said Patrick Williamson do hereunto set my hand and seal, this the 14th day of May A.D. 1896.    Patric (X) Williamson {seal}

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Patrick Williamson to be his last will and testament in the presance of us who at his request and in his presance do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.  /s/ Stephen D. Boykin, Hilliard W. Boykin


In the 1870 census of Old Fields township, Wilson County: 45 year-old farm laborer Patrick Williamson, wife Spicy, 40, and children Katy, 15, Gracy, 13, Turner, 10, Mahalah, 7, Elijah, 4, and Henry, 1.

In the 1880 census of Old Fields township, Wilson County: 54 year-old farmer Patrick Williamson, wife Spicey, 46, and children George T., 20, Mahalah J., 17, Eligh, 14, Henry S., 11, Eli T., 8, and Edney E., 6. (A.S. and Abi Flowers are listed next door to this household.)

WDT 5 29 1896 P Wmson

Wilson Times, 29 May 1896.

Patrick and Spicey Williamson are buried in Sane Williams cemetery on Saint Rose Church Road, southeast of Sims in western Wilson County. Saint Rose Holiness Church is across the road. Old Raleigh Road, mentioned in Item 1, runs just south of the church.

North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line],


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