Will of Henry Petree
Stokes County, NC 1800

I Henry Petree of Stokes County in the State of North Carolina being in good health and of sound mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God calling into mind the mortality of man and knowing it to be the destination of all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament...recommend my soul into the hands of my Creator Jesus Christ and my body to be interred in decent Christian Burial...And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to help me...I give bequeath and demise the same in manner and form following: viz: 

I give...unto Margaretha my dearly beloved wife all of my estate both real and personal to have...as long as she shall live a widow and it is my will that if any of my eight children named John, Catherine, Solomon, Henry, Mary Barbara, Ann, Margaretha Elizabeth and Ann Eva shall begin to keep house for themselves then she shall give unto each of them out of this estate so much for a beginning as she is able to do, provided, however, that one child shall always have equally as much in value as another, which shall always at every time be fixed and established...

2.  But in case she should marry again then all of my land and plantation with my personal property shall be publicly sold by my executors and then she shall have the third part of the whole estate as her own sole property forever and she shall likewise have over and above this said third part one horse creature, one cow and one iron pot, all this of her own choice, and also her own bedding and her chest as her sole property forever.  The remaining two thirds...equally divided amongst my above named children share and share alike...

3.  And I do hereby ordain constitute and appoint my dearly beloved wife Margaretha and my trust friends John Zimmerman and Peter Frazier executors... In witness... I have hereunto put my hand and seal this twelfth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred.

s/ Henry Petree  SEAL

This was witnessed by John Rights, Sr. and John Rights, Jr.

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