Microfilm #0502409 Guilford County, NC Wills transcribed by Rowan Fairgrove 5/4/2000 Origninal Will
September 8, 1798
In the name of God amen, I John Philip Clapp of the County of Guilford and State of North Carolina, being of abundant health, sense and memory but considering the uncertainty of things which (undeph) future & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make, ordain and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form as followeth:
Imprimus - I commit my body to the dust to be buried in a decent and Christian manner -- my Soul unto the hands of the living God hoping for salvation through the mutilation of Christ Jesus. -- And as to the worldly goods with which kind providence has blest me I will them to be distributed in the manner as followeth.
- 1st I will all my just debts to be well and truly paid after the discharge of which together with my funeral expenses
- 2dly give and bequeath to my eldest son Valentine Clapp the tract of land on which he now lives situated on the Alamance containing as is supposed 200 acres. I also bequeath him ten shillings to be paid in cash.
- 3dly I give and bequeath to my son Adam Clapp 412 acres on the water of Rock Creek on which he formerly lived with the above mentioned sum of ten stillings to be paid as aforesaid.
- 4th I give and bequeath to my son John Clapp the tract on land on which he now lives containing as is supposed 200 acres and the above mentioned sum of ten stillings
- 5th I give and bequeath to my son Luddowick Clapp the tract on land on which he now lives containing as is supposed 300 acres with the above mentioned sum of ten stillings
- 6th I give and bequeath to the children of my daughter Barbary Swing deceased, formerly wife of Mathias Swing one negro wench named Jenny and in the possession of Mathias Swing and her increase. to each of those children I likewise bequeath the sum of five stillings to be pd in cash.
- 7th I give and bequeath to my daughter Christina Albright wife to Phillip on negro boy named Franck and the sum of ten stillings to be pd in cash.
- 8th I give and bequeath to my daughter Molly Haquey, wife of Conrad Haquey that tract of land of which they now live containing as is supposed 210 acres, and the above mentioned sum of ten stillings.
- 9thly I give and bequeath to my daughter Catharine Brown, wife of Adam Brown that tract of land of which the said Adam Brown now lives, and the above sum of ten stillings.
- 10thly I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Shaver, wife of Jacob Shaver one negro girl names Lydia, and the above sum of ten stillings.
- 11thly To my daughter Eve Burrow, wife of Ephrain Burrow I give and bequeath one negro girl names Nancy, and also the above sum of ten stillings.
- 12thly I give and bequeath to my wife Barbara all the remaining part of the real and moveable estate consisting of lands, regro, stock of all kinds, household furniture & instruments of agriculture all of which subject to her disposal at or before her decease.
- 13thly & Lastly I do appoint my wife Barbary and Daniel Cortner just to execute this my last will and testament agreeable to directions herein. Now in testimony to the aforesaid and (?) are perfectly agreeable to my desire and that it is my sincere wish that the execution of my will should be particularly attended to by my aforesaid executors.
I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 8th day of September 1797 John Philip Clapp (his mark)
Acknowledged, signed and sealed in presense of us Samuel Lindsay John (undeph) (jurat) John Cooper (jurat)
Whereas I, John Philip Clapp now find myself in a low state of health and am apprehensive that I shall shortly leave this life these will certify that I still continue to approve the above mentioned will in all its parts and do constitute it my last will and testament with this alteration or addition that my above mentioned executors do make or cause to be made unto Ephrain Burrow my son in law a good and lawful deed of conveyance for the tract of land on which I now live containing as is supposed 494 acres agreeable to a memorandum of agreement entered into between me and sd Burrows which memorandum is now in possession of Samuel Lindsay on sd Burrow's performing the conditions on his part therein mentioned, or on his giving bond and approved security to the satisfaction of my Executors for his well and truly performing all sd conditions on his part in sd memorandum mentioned.
In testimony of which I hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of September, 1798. Signed, sealed and acknowledged in presense of Samuel Lindsay Jacob Coble (jurat) Tobias Clapp (his mark)
NC Guilford County, November Court 1798 John Job and John Cooper proved the within Deed in Open Court and Jacob Coble proved the Codicil thereto -- let it be recorded -- then came in the Executors who qualified accordingly. John ()illon, () possibly - Casnillon? Nawillon?