Last Will and Testament of Israel Standefer

Israel was the father Elizabeth and Cassander, who married the brothers, Rev. William Hendon
and Thomas Hendon - sons of Isham Hendon and Keziah Johnson

Will courtesy of Helen Wall

Source:  "More than 1000 years of Standefer/Standifer/Standiford, A Family History and Genealogy", by Harry Standefer, San Diego, CA, 1988.

Note: William Hendon married Elizabeth Standefer after this Will was written.

In the name of God, Amen, this thirtieth day of August in the year of our Lord 1793, Israel Standefer of Orange County and the State of North Carolina being very weak of body but of perfect and sound memory, thanks be given with Almighty God for the same, and knowing the mortality of the body, that it is appointed for all men to die, I do hereby constitute, ratefie and confirm this my last Will and Testament, that is
to say, I first of all commit my soul and body into the hands of Almighty God who first gave them, to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors, hoping at the Resurrection of the dead for forgiveness of my sins throughout Jesus Christ our Lord -- and I do hereby give and bequeath of the same in the following manner and form---

First of all I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Cassander Standefer, all my movable property such as my household furniture, horses, cattle, hogs and sheep, and all other such property I am possessed of with at this time. I also give unto my eldest son, Ephriam Standefer twenty five pounds, Covenant money when there is a deed made for my land I now live on. I desire also to give unto my daughter Sarah Roads the bed I and my wife lies on after her decease, and after her decease to her daughter Cassander.  I desire to give unto my daughter Rosaner Roads one cow after there is a deed made for the land.

I also give unto my son Joshua Standefer my plantation with 200 acres of land including the improvements whereon I now live. I also give unto my son Israel Standefer, 100 acres of land, called by name of William Baker place, and that my son Joshua Standefer should make him a deed to the said land when he, the said Joshua Standefer, obtains a deed himself, and if the said Israel Standefer never comes to receive the land that it should remain my son Joshua Standefer's. I also give unto my two daughters, Mary Standefer and Elizabeth Standefer, 100 acres of land beginning on the Watery Brack adjoining Thomas Guyns, John Cabe's, William Tesmers, making out 100 acres, my desire is that my son Joshua Standefer should make a deed unto my two daughters Mary and Elizabeth when he obtains a deed.

I also give unto my grandson, Israel Turner, son of Ruth Turner, wife of William Turner, 88 acres of land lying on the North side of William Pickett's land adjoining on Benjamin Puler's land when my son Joshua obtains a deed. I also desire 100 acres of land to be sold when a deed
is obtained to pay off legals.

I also give unto my son Benjamin Standefer, forty shillings covenant money when a deed is obtained for the land. I also give unto my daughter Cassander Hendon forty shillings current money when there is a deed obtained for the land. And, I do appoint my wife Cassander Standefer, and my son Joshua Standefer as executors of this my Last Will and Testament, revoking disannuling all other and former Wills and Testaments by me made as witness.  I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. 

Israel Standefer (his mark.)  Joshua Standiford,  Mary Standefer (her mark). 

Henry Bunch, State of North Carolina, Orange County.  February Term 1794. (Will dated August 30, 1793, proved February 1794,  B-267.