John Barns Will – Transcribed

February Term 1822
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 4, Pages 21-22

In the Name of God Amen, I JOHN BARNES Sen’r of the Province of North Carolina & County of Wilkes planter being very sick & weak in body but in perfect mind & memory calling to mind immortality that it is appointed for all men once to die, doth recommend my Soul to my Great God who gave it to me my body to the Earth to be buried in decent form according to the discretion of my Executors not doubting but I shall receive the same again at the General Resurrection by the same Mighty Power of God & doth ordain, constitute & appoint my well beloved sons BRINSLEY BARNS & THOMAS BARNS my sole Executors of this my last Will & testament & do by these presents revoke & disannul all other writings, Will or Wills Testaments to the contrary of this my last Will & Testament & to the disposal of my worldly Estate & do dispose of it in the manner & form as follows.
1st. To my dear beloved wife RUTH BARNES one Negroe named PATTY her life time & after that to my son THOMAS BARNES & mare & cow & the household furniture.
2d. I give & bequeath to my well beloved son BRINSLY BARNS one half of the grist mill & the fourth part of the saw mill & two Negroes named PHILLIS & SAM & one boy named BILL by paying four Hundred dollars to the rest of the legatees or return said Negroe to the Estate and if the said PHILLIS hath any more children they are excepted with the rest of the Estate untill the children all gits one a piece the ballance if any to him the said BRINSLEY BARNES & the said BARNES is to keep said Negroes if any till they are one year old. And the said Owners of the mills is to have al privileged at & round said mills to keep up & tend the same as f the land was there own.
3d. I give & bequeath to my well beloved son EDWARD BARNS one Negroe boy named SQUIRE & the fourth part of the saw mill to have & to hold for ever & one Negroe boy named JOSHUA by paying four hundred dollars to the rest of the Legatees that is not willed anything or return it back to the Estate.
5th. I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter RUTH FORTNER one tract of land lying between NEWEL FORTNER & JOHN BARNS JUN’R & one Negroe girl named POLLEY & one chest to have & to hold fore ever & one fourth part of the saw mill & one half of the Grice mill till EDWARD comes of age.
6th. And my daughter LURANAH TEAGUE has received her portion & I cut her off with five shillings special money.
7th. I give & bequeath to my well beloved grandson EDWARD BARNES the land I now live on after he comes of age, one colt, saddle & bridle & my wearing clothes to have & to hold forever.
8th And as for the rest of the Estate that I have not willed away I want it divided equally amongst the rest of the children & my grandson that I have not willed anything their names is as follows, JAMES BARNES, JOSHUA BARNES, ELIJAH BARNES, ELIZABETH FORTNER & ROBERT MITCHELL my grandson. Given under my hand & seal in the presents of

WILLIAM ODOM (“x” his mark)

December the 31st day 1821. The addition to the Will is as follows, I give & bequeath to my well beloved son in law ROBERT MITCHELL one Negroe boy named JOSHUA. To my two grandsons ELISHA TEAGUE & EDWARD BARNES the still, one half to one & the other likewise the land one half to one & the other to the other & the big colt to my grandson EDWARD BARNES.

North Carolina
Wilkes County
Feby. Term 1822

The above Will was duly proven in open court by the oath of SOLOMON BARNES & BRINSLY BARNES & THOMAS BARNES was duly qualified as Executors to said Will.