Last Will and Testament of J. R. Dees
I, J. R. Dees of the aforesaid County and State, being of sound mind,
but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and
declare this my last will and testament.
First my executors, hereinafter named, shall give my body a decent
burial suitable to the wishes of my friends and relatives and pay
all funeral expenses together with all my just debts out of the
first moneys which may come into their hands belonging to my estate.
Second: I give and devise to my beloved wife Martha C. Dees the
interest on Two Thousan Dollars in cash to be deposited in the
First National Bankof Monroe N.C. the interest only of which she shall
use as she may need same during her life time, at her death, the said
two thousand dollars shall be equally divided between my ten children.
Third. I give and devise my son E. D. Dees and his heirs in fee simple
a tract of land in Sandy Ridge township, Union County, known as the
Lucy place and being the tract that he now resides on adjoining the
lands of J. I. Harkey dec'd lands T. B. Moore & others.
Fourth. I give and devise to my son B. L. Dees and his heirs in fee
simple a tract of land in Vance Township Union County adjoining the
lands of W. D. Hawfield, Wriston Lee & others and known as the Rogers
land and being the tract on which he now resides.
Fifth I give and devise to my son R S Dees and his heirs in fee simple
a tract of land in Sandy Ridge township Union County adjoining the
lands of Oliver Rogers Estate lands, G. R. Winchester, Robt. Fowler
& others known as the McCorkle place and being the tract on which he
Sixth. I give and devise to my daughter Julia Kilough and her heirs
in fee simple a tract of land in Vance township Union County adjoining
the lands of Len Garmon , the Roy lands & others and known as the Broom
lands and being the tract on which she now lives,
Seventh. I give and devise to my six children A R Dees Carry Killough
Author Dees Joe Dees Cloy Dees and Pars Dees an equal share in my
home place on which I now live,, A. R. Dees to have his share to
include the building where he now lives. Pars Dees share to include
all the buildings where I now live (the home place)said line to begin
at the creek on Moore Bros. line and up said creek to the public Road
at the bridge, thence a line to take in all the buildings where I now
live, giving him an equal number of acres with the other six children
Eighth. I give and devise to seven of my children iz: Lee Dees,
A R Dees Cary Killough Author Dees Joe Dees Clay Dees and Pars Dees
an equal share in all moneys left on hand after the two thousand
dollars is deposited in Bank as mentioned above and after all other
necessary expenses are paid including 3 mules to be bought for 3 boys
Ninth. I give and devise to my son Joe Dees one mule to be bought out
of the cash on hand. Tenth. I give and devise to my son Clay dees one
mule to be bought out of the cash on hand.
Eleventh I give and devise to my son Pars Dees one mule to be bought
out of the cash on hand.
Twelfth. If the six children cannot agree on the division of the home
place, the Executor shall settle the same, and their decision shall be
Thirteenth All personal proeprty not mentioned above shall belong to
my wife Martha C. Dees during her life and she shall also have the
proceeds of the Home place, Pars Dees share of the land until Pars
Dees becomes twenty one years of age, than sheall have same in his
own name. The other heirs shall not bother her about the personal
property as long as she lives. At her death all personal property
left shall be equally divided among all my children.
Fourthteenth. My wife may trade any stock of cattle that it becomes
necessary to trade,provided she follows the advise and directions of
my Executors in the matter.
Fifteenth I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons E G Dees and
B L Dees my lawful executors 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 thereof.
In witness thereof, I the said J. R. Dees do hereunto set my hand and
seal this 6th day of September 1913.
J. R. Dees (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared be the said J. R. Dees to be
his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request
and in his presence and in the presence of each other do subscribe our
names as witnesses thereto.
H. L. Price
L. L. Moore
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