The following is a true copy of the will of Robert Johnston, as furnished me by the judge of Probate Court of Rowan County, North Carolina:
In the name of God Amen, I Robert Johnston of the County of Rowan and province of North Carolina, finding myself very weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God: Calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me within this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
Firstly, I give and bequeath unto my Dearly Beloved wife Elizabeth one-third part of all my personal estate, together with one negro wench named Bett, likewise her bed and furniture.
I secondly give and bequeath unto my son William ten shillings to be paid by my Executors.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son John ten shillings to be paid by my Executors.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anna the sum of ten shillings to be paid by my Executors.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret ten shillings to be paid by my Executors.
Sixthly, I give unto my daughter Jean ten shillings to be paid by my Executors.
Seventhly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary one negro wench Dott.
Eightly, I give and bequeath my daughter Cathrine fifty pounds to be paid by my Executors.
Ninthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth one negro wench named Pheby.
Lastly, I give and bequeath unto my son Robert one negro fellow named Joa; and constitute him heir of my whole estate, entire, of all lands, monies, notes, bonds, goods, and chattles. I likewise make, ordain and constitute my wife Elizabeth and my son Robert to be my sole Executors, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every of this former Testaments, wills, legacies, bequeaths and Executors, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the seventeenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy six.
Signed, sealed and pronounced as my last will and testament in presents of;