I Samuel Smith of the County of Wilson and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit:
First that my Executor herein after named shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends pay all my funeral expenses together with my just debts howsoever and to whomever owing out of the first moneys that shall come into his hands as a part or parcel of my estate.
Item 2 I leave unto my beloved wife Annie Smith during her natural life (after paying my just debts and funeral expenses) all my property of every kind real personal and mixed, and after her death to be equally divided between my son Herman S. Smith and any other child which may be born to her within ten months after my death to him or their heirs forever.
And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my friend John Alvin Clark [Clack?] my sole executor to this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills and Testaments made by me.
In witness whereof I have hereby set my hand and seal this the 25th day of April A.D. 1882 Samuel (X) Smith
Witness C.C. Peacock, B.H. Bardin
In the 1880 census of Wilson, Wilson County: iron foundry worker Samuel Smith, 28, wife Anna, 19, and brother Simeon, 23, school teacher. Samuel died in early 1882, and his will entered probate in May of that year.
Herman Smith, born 16 October 1880 to Samuel Smith and Annie Bryant in Wilson, applied for a Social Security number in December 1936. The index to Social Security numbers does not list his residence at the time.
North Carolina Wills and Estates, 1665-1998 [database on-line], http://www.ancestry.com.