Will of Abram J Secrest
Will of Abram Secrest, son of Andrew Secrest

UNION; COUNTY COURTHOUSE MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA


WILL OF ABRAM J. SECREST


17 MARCH 1877


I, ABRAM J. SECREST, OF THE COUNTY AND STATE FORESAID, BEING OF SOUND
MIND AND MEMORY, AND BEING CONSIOUS OF MY APPROACHING END, AND
BEING DESIROUS OF MAKING A SUITABLE AND PROPER DISTRIBUTION AFTER
MY DECEASE, DO MAKE AND PUBLISH THIS TO BE MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, VIZ--

ITEM I. I WILL AND BEQUEATH TO MY BELOVED WIFE, MILLY SECREST ALL MY
PERSONAL PROPERTY OWNED BY ME INCLUDING HOUSEHOLD AND KITCHEN
FURNITURE, STOCK, CROP AND PROVISIONS NOW ON HAND TOGETHER WITH ALL
DEBTS AND EVIDENCE OF DEBTS OF ANY DISCRIPTION OWNED BY ME, TO BE USED
BY, ENJOYED, AND FULLY CONTROLLED BY HER, THE SAID MILLY DURING HER
NATURAL LIFE, WITH FULL POWER TO DISPOSE OF ANY ARTICLE OR ARTICLES
OF ANY DISCRIPTION WHATSOEVER WHICH MAY BE ON HAND AT THE TIME OF
MY DECEASE.



ITEM II I WILL AND BEQUEATH TO MY BELOVED GRANDSONS, W.H.B. SECREST,
M. -- SECREST AND MARCUS SECREST SON OF L.M. SECREST, FIFTY DOLLARS
EACH TO BE PAID TO THEM AFTER THE DEATH OF MY WIFE MILLY SECREST,
IF THERE SHOULD BE ANYTHING ON HAND AFTER HER DEATH.

ITEM III I WILL AND BEQUEATH THAT AFTER MY DEATH AND AFTER THE
DEATH OF MY BELOVED WIFE MILLY SECREST AND AFTER THE BUSINESS ABOVE
--- OF THE ESTATE IN THE PROPERTY HEREBY CONVEYED TO HER THAT THE
BALANCE OF THE PROPERTY OR THE PROCEEDS THEREOF, AFTER PAYING THE
LEGACIES MENTIONED IN ITEM II OF THIS MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT,
SHALL BE EQUALLY DISTRIBUTED AMONG MY HEIRS AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN.



ITEM IV; I HEREBY APPOINT MY BELOVED SON J.D.A.SECREST TO EXECUTE
THIS MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, WITH POWER AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS
MOTHER TO SELL ALL OF THE PROPERTY ON HAND AFTER GIVING NOTICE OF
SAID SALE AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE BIGGEST BIDDER FOR CASH OR UPON
AND CREDIT WHICH HE MAY THINK PROPER, NOT EXCEEDING --- MONTHS, AND
OUT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SAID SALE TO PAY ALL MY HONEST DEBTS AND
AFTER PAYING THE LEGACIES TO MY GRANDCHILDREN MENTIONED IN

ITEM II TO DISTRIBUTE THE RESIDUE OF THE PROCEEDS AMONG MY HEIRS.


IN TESTIMONEY WHENCE I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND AND AFFIXED
MY SEAL THIS 17TH DAY OF MARCH YEAR 1877.

SIGNED AND SEALED

ABRAM J SECREST

WIT:

T.D. MCCAULEY

AMOS HARRIS

JABOB ? SECREST

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