In the name of God Amen I David Brooks of Stanly Co. and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory, blessed by God, do this 25th day of July 1842 I make and publish this my last will and testament in full. That is to say 1st I want all my just debts paid I give and bequeath to my loving wife Polly all my lands and all of my stock of horses and all my stock of cattle and all of my stock of hogs and wagons and gears and all my farming utensils and all of household and kitchen furniture as long as she keeps up my name and if she marries then to come in for an equal part with all my children and after paying my just debts if my executor sees there is more property than will answer my family to sell the same and make an equal division of it unto my wife and children Lydia the daughter of my wife not being an heir-in-law I give and bequeath to her an equal part with my wife and children in the above devised property and I hereby make and ordain my worthy friend, Andrew Honeycutt my executor to this my last will and testament

In witness I the said David Brooks have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written, signed sealed and published and delivered by the said David the testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us -

A. Ledbetter
John F. Tucker

David (X) Brooks

North Carolina
Stanly County

August Session 1842 Then the foregoing last will of David Brooks was brought into open Court and proven by the oath of A. Ledbetter & John F. Tucker the subscribing witnesses Thereunto, the said Will and Testament was admitted to probate and ordered to be recorded

D. Hearne, clk


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