Acclaimed Primitive Baptist preacher London Woodard made out his last will and testament on 14 November 1870.
After directing a “decent burial,” Woodard itemized the household goods and farm implements left to his “beloved wife,” Penelope Lassiter Woodard.
His three sons, William, Hardy, and Haywood Woodard, were to divide his land equally and receive one beehive and one axe each.
Daughter Treasy Woodard received the late nineteenth-century equivalent of a bedroom set.
The rest of his property was to be divided among his children Howell, Elvin, Rose, Pharibee, Sarah, Amos, Harriet, London, Treasy, and Penina Woodard.