In the name of God "Amen".
Son of William Hendon / Lydia Hendon
Book 2, page 393,
County, North Carolina
1st I Josiah
Hendon of the State of North Carolina and county
of Bladen do make and publish this my last will and
Testament My executors will see that my body is decently
buried and that my just debts are paid.
2nd I give and bequeath unto Benjamin Fitzrandolph, Alexander MC Donnell (Mc Dowell) and Isaac Wright in trust (Executors)
for my daughter Margaret Williams
the following negroes to wit namely John. Rustty. Old Sue.
Clarissa. Tenab and his four children
3rd It is my will that the said Negroes
Peter and Jack are to be equally divided between my
granddaughter Lydia Baldwin
and Mary Baldwin.
4th I give and bequeath unto my
granddaughter Mary White and
the heirs of her body forever the first choice, the one
half of the following Negroes, namely; Mariah, Abram, Ann,
daughter of Mariah and her child Sarah. Abram. And Alfted
and Mike. Also Bill. Peggy the daughter of old Lucy. Jane
and Eliza the daughter of May. Jim. Si. Old Lucy. Tom.
Mary. Sal and her four children. Namely: Tena, Duncan, Jim
and Elsey. With the half of what increase the said Negroes
may have at my death to be more plain respecting the first
It is my will that my said granddaughter Mary White shall choose out one
half of the above mentioned twenty Negroes. Namely ten
half of their increase at my death.
It is also my will should the ten Negroes which she makes
choice of with the one half of the increase they may have
at my death be more valuable than the remaining ten with
one half of their increase at my death she said Mary White is not to pay anything
over to the other half.
5th I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter
Elizabeth Ann Hendon and Margaret Ann Hendon and the
heirs of their body's forever the other half of the
abovementioned Negroes and the increase to be equally
divided between them.
6th It is my will and desire that all of the
remaining of my personal property agreeable to law and the
money arising there from to be applied
to the payment of what just debts I may owe at the time of
my death and to payments of any lawful debts that may come
against my estate after my death. Should a balance be
remaining it is my will it shall be equally divided
amongst the children of my daughter Margaret
Williams and the children of my daughters Lydia Baldwin and Mary White for the promotion of
7th I give and bequeath and it is my desire that all
the lands I am possessed of shall be equally divided
amongst the sons of my daughter Margaret
Williams and the sons of my daughters Mary White and Lydia Baldwin.
I hereby revoke all wills by me made and declare this to
be my last will and testament. I constitute and appoint Benjamin Fitzrandolph, Alexander McDonnell (Mc Dowell)
and Isaac Wright Executors
to this my last will and testament.
In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal
the 3M day of May 1830.
Signed and Sealed
In presence of.
Josiah Hendon (SEAL)
A. L. Harvey