Anson Co, NC

 I, James Lee Senr. of the County of Anson 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        

 Item 1st That my executor and executrix (hereafter 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 all       
 my just debts howsoever and to whom soever owing, out of the moneys       
 that may first come into their hands as a part or parcel of my       

 Item 2nd I give and devise to my beloved wife Mary B. Lee two beds       
 and furniture her choice, five Negroes (viz.) Orange, Cherry, Ruth,       
 Washington, and Harry, Two hundred and fifty acres of land including       
 my dwelling House all the out houses and other improvements, to have       
 and to hold the said negroes and land for and during her natural       
 life and widowhood in satisfaction for and in lieu of her dower and       
 thirds of and in all my real estate, I also give my wife Mary the       
 following property as above mentioned all my household and kitchen       
 furniture, one sorrel Mare Saddle and bridle, one bay mare, two       
 colts, all of my stock of cattle, cart and steers, all my stock of       
 hogs, ten head of sheep her choice, all my flock of geese, all my       
 farming and plantation tools, Sixty barrels of Corn, Two Thousand       
 weight of pork and bacon, forty bushels of wheat, Seventy five       
 pounds of sugar, and seventy five pounds of Coffee, & Two sacks of       

 Item 3rd I give and devise my Grandchildren Roena, Sarah Ann and       
 John Children of James B. Lee Dec'd the following property Two       
 Hundred and fifty Acres of Land adjoining Uriah Staton, & Richmond       
 Lee, on the west side of the Wadesboro Road, one negroe woman & two       
 children, Hager and her Two children Hubbard and Hampton, to be       
 equally divided when they become of age or either of them marries.        

 Item 4th I give to my Daughter Pheriby Brantly (wife of William       
 Brantly), and her heeeeeirs the following Negroes, All of Pats       
 Children (names not known), and a girl named Jane, her and hers       

 Item 5th I give and devise to my son Richmond Lee the tract of land       
 whereo he now resides containing Two Hundred and fifty acres, one       
 NEgroe boy named Anthony Senr.        

 Item 6th I give an devise my Daughter Annie Thomas (wife of John       
 Thomas) the following negroes, Clarissa, Lucy, and old greenand all       
 their increase,        

 Item 6th I give and devise my son William M. Lee, The tract of Land       
 I now live on at his Mothers death or Marriage, three Negroes,       
 Marry, Lucinda, and Anthony Jnr. one bed and furniture, one colt       
 called Bet,        

 Item 7th I give and devise my daughter Maniza Davis three Negroes,       
 Washington Charlotte and Hardy and my smallest Colt called Nancy,       
 and one bed and furniture, Also a tract of Land called the Pond       
 field containing Two Hundred and fifty acres adjoining Jos B. Ingram       
 and Richmond Lee on the East side of the Wadesboro Road.        

 Item 7th I give and devise my Granddaughter ELizabeth Williams       
 Lowtharp Fifty Dollars in Money, to her and her lawful heirs       

 Iten 8th I give unto my wife, Mary the following negroes besides the       
 property named in item 2nd (viz) an old negro woman named Ally, one       
 boy named Thomas and one boy named Ralph during her life time or       
 widowhood, and at her death or marriage all the property willed to       
 her to go to my Two youngest children William M. Lee and Maniza       
 Davis Lee-        

 Item 9th For and in consideration of the above property I have       
 willied my wife MAry B. Lee, she is to support and educate my two       
 Youngest Children William and Maniza until they become of age or       
 marry, free of all expense-        

 Item 10th I request and will my two neegroes Dick and YOung Green       
 and all other property not willed of to be sold and out of the       
 proceeds to pay my debts and the articles to be bought for my wife,       
 and the balance to be divided betweeen my five children, Richmond       
 Lee Pheriby Brantly, Annie Thomas, William Lee, and Maaniza D. Lee.        

 Lastly- I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend DAvid C. Liily       
 my lawful executor and my wife Mary B. Lee my executrix to all 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 therof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all       
 other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.       
 In Witness Whereof I the said James Lee Senr. do hereunto set my       
 hand and Seal, this 17th day of October 1846.        

 Signed sealed published and declared by the said James Lee Senr. to       
 be his last will and testament in the presence of us, whoaat his       
 request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses       

 J. F. Crump       
 Uriah Staton        
                          James (X) LEE (Seal)       

 State of North Carolina       
 Anson County        
                             October 1847.       

             Then this will was past upon by a Jury & copied