Last Will and Testament of John Wilkins
I John Wilkins of the county of Stokes and State of North Carolina aforesaid being weak
in body but of disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and
First -- I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate.
Secondly - I give and bequeath to my son John Wilkins the following negro girl
ABIGAIL and all her increase.
Thirdly I give and bequath to my son in law Benjamin Hutcherson and his wife Delisha,
the following negroes woman and child (to wit) SOCK and her youngest child ELARY
(CLARY?) and all there....
Fourthly I give and bequeath to my son in law Richard Vernon and to his wife Nancy the
following negro boy MINGO
Fifthly I Give and bequeath to my son Jeremiah WILKINS the following negroe boy
Sixthly I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Wilkins one hundred dollars in money to
be made out of the sale of my lands, stock of all kninds, and house hold and Kitcheon
Seventhly I give and bequeath to my son in law Jeremiah Hutcherson and his wife
Elizabeth one Hundred Dollars in the same way as my son Thomas Wilkins is to have
Eightly -- I will that the remainder if any be equally divided between the following
children (viz.) my sons Jeremiah and John Wilkins, Jr. and my sons in law and their
wives (viz.) Richard Vernon and his wife Nancy and Jeremiah Hutcherson and his wife
Ninthly -- I further will that the whole of my Estate both real and personal be held by my
wife Sarah Wilkins during her natural life and the same be subject to her support to all
intents and purposes.
Tenthly -- I further will and devise and say that neither my sons William Wilkins and
George Wilkins shall not secure or have any part of my estate whatsoever. And further
will that after the death of my wife Sarah all my property not heretofore disposed of be
sold on a credit -- of Twelve months and the money arising therefrom appropriated by my
Estate as above stated.
Eleventhly -- I do hereby constitute nominate and appoint my friend ABSALOM
SCALES, Executor of this my last will and testament.
Twelfthly -- I hereby revoke all forms wills and testaments heretofore made by me and
the fore going is my will and desire in --- whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
affixed my seal this 18th day of Aug. 1832.
John [his mark] Wilkins.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of Lemuel (Samuel?) Joyce, Daniel Hudson,
In this county court June term 1838 the executor of the above last will and testament of
John Wilkins dcd. of which the foregoing is a Law copy was duly proved in open court
by the oath of Lemeul Joyce one of the subscribing witnesses who also proved the
handwriting of the other subscribing witness Daniel Hudson was duly proven according
to law and ordered recorded which is accordingly done.
[signed] Reuben Golding."