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The following is through the courtesy of Sloan S. Mason  With the websites: RHODES Family of Onslow County, N.C., and RHODES FAMILY OF JONES COUNTY, N.C.


 WILL OF JACOB RHODES OF ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. ­probated 1824
Source: DAR, RHODES family records.

Transcribed by Sloan Mason


I Jacob RHODES of the county of Robeson in the State of North Carolina do make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner form and substance as follows. Viz: I give devise and bequeath to my son Richard
Clinton RHODES all and singular my real and personal estate of every description  whatever (except what is herein after given devised and bequeathed: that is to say ) Item: I give devise and bequeath to Jacob IVEY the northward part of lott one hundred and five in the town of Lumberton to extend from the north east corner southwardly twenty three yards and westwardly seventy yards to him during his natural life and afterwards to his children their heirs and assigns forever and for want of issue to Richard C. RHODES his heirs and assigns forever. Item: I give devise and bequeath to Sarah TOWNSEND wife of Alexander TOWNSEND, Esquire to her and her heirs forever. Item: I give devise and  bequeath to Thomas RHODES, one dollar to him his heirs and assigns forever. Item: I give devise and bequeath to Helen WARD four Negroes (to Wit) Old Preacher TOM, his wife HANNAH, ESTER and her
daughter CELIE to her and her heirs forever also the use and benefit of the HAMMONS Plantation for the term of ten years and from the date hereof provided she or husband occupy it in person but not to let it to any other person
whatever. Item: I give devise and bequeath to Owen RHODES half acre lot of ground near or joining Lumberton between the Fayetteville and Elizabeth roads including the house commonally known and denominated Brock's Shop being one half of an acre formerly owned by John BROCK and to be divided by a line running as the Fayetteville road, five hundred and forty acres of land on the Elizabeth  road and meadow branch being the unsold part of 640 acres to him during his natural life and afterward to his children and for want of issue to Richard C. RHODES his heirs and assigns forever. Item: I give and devise and bequeath to Emily. R. COUNCIL one feather bed and furniture half dozen silver tea spoons and Negroes (to wit) MARY, NANCY her son JAMES, ALSTON and her sister SILVIA and their increase if any there be to her during her natural life and afterwards to her children and for want of issue to Richard C. RHODES and his heirs forever. Item: I give devise and bequeath to Benjamin b: COUNCIL one hundred and fifty acres of land in Columbus County on the Waccamaw River and lake three hundred acres in Robeson County on Flower's Swamp the half of 122 on Hog Swamp joining Lee's lines tow Lotts in Lumberton one above and the other below the lower tan yard on the river No. 2& 4 as laid off on the commons to him during his natural life and after to his children and for want of issue to Richard C. RHODES and his heirs forever. Item: I give devise and bequeath to Rachel EDWARDS three hundred acres of land to be laid off by her
friends in my Burnt Island survey between Jacob Swamp and the Elizabeth Road on or about the head of the Meadow Branch and two years schooling her mother or friends boarding ------- during the time to her during her natural life and after to ------- and for want of issue to Richard C. RHODES and his heirs forever. Item: I give and bequeath to Ona HOBBIE three hundred acres of land more or less west side of Drowning Creek on Jacob Swamp being the unsold part of a 640 acre survey purchased from Grifith I. MCRAE and two years schooling her mother or friends boarding her during her natural life and after to her children and for want of issue to Richard C. RHODES his heirs and assigns forever. Item: I give devise and bequeath to James POPE son of Calie POPE two small lotts in Lumberton in the square occupied by Mrs. MCNEIL and joining her lotts and one other lott on the river including the lower tan yard and three hundred and fifty acres of Land on Ivey's branch being the unsold part of 450 acres survey to him during his natural life and after to his children and for want of issue then to Richard C. RHODES his heirs and assigns forever. It is also my will and desire that my Executors herein after to be named admit Clelie POPE to occupy and enjoy the house wherein she now lives during her natural life or to furnish her with some other that is suitable to her present capacity provided she remains single & her situation requires it and such other assistance as she may require and they may thing proper to give and no further; It is further my will and desire that my executors pay particular attention to the education of said James POPE according to his generous ? and their convenience & if they think it best to bind him to a trade to do so all of which I leave to their discretion. IT is also my will and further desire that is my son Richard C. RHODES thinks that Mrs. Mary IVEY'S daughter that was born the 14th Instant has the favor of the RHODES Family which probably it may that he will afford it some support in its raising have it educated and act liberal according to his opinion and pleasure. It is also further my will and particular desire that should my son Richard C. RHODES die without leaving issue that all the estate both real and personal (WILLIS only excepted) one part for Sarah TOWNSEND one for Thomas RHODES one for Emily R. COUNCIL one for
Benjamin b: COUNCIL one for James POPE and two parts to be divided as follows viz: that is one to be actually divided between Jacob IVEY, Rachel EDWARDS and Ona HOBBIE & the other part to be equally divided between Susanna DAVIS'S two sons Joseph F. DAVIS & Henry DAVIS  and Mrs. Mary IVEY'S last daughter born the 14th Inst. Which is not yet named and should one or more of them die without leaving issue their dividend together with what has been allotted to them be equally divided amongst the survivers of them their heirs and assigns
forever. It is further my particular wish and desire that every reasonable forbearance & indulgence be extended by my executors & legatees to the old and infirm Negroes that have been worn out in my service and also to WILLIS and in case my son Richard C. RHODES should die without leaving issue in that case it is my particular desire that WILLIS (for his fidelity to me) should be liberated and finally discharged from further slavery or bondage-Hereby
revoking and disannulling all and every former Will or testament by me made or by my order or direction-I hereby ordain name constitute and appoint my friend Angus GILCHRIST, Esquire and my son Richard C. RHODES, Executors of this my last Will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Seventeenth day
(17th) of Feby.  In the year of our Lord 1822.
J. RHODES, Seal

State of North Carolina
Robeson County
November Term 1824

John WARD being duly sworn states that the foregoing Instrument of writing was deposited with him for safekeeping by Jacob RHODES as his last Will and Testament several months before his decease and that is the same and the whole of the said will. Sworn to in open court 25 November 1824.
Richd. C. BUNTING, Clk.
John WARD

State of North Carolina
Robeson County
November Term 1824
Kenneth BLACK, Charles MOORE, Neill BUIE, Joseph WOOD, Esquires being duly sworn saith that they have been for a long time acquainted with the hand writing of Jacob RHODES deceased, that this instrument of writing now offered for probate as the last will and testament of the said Jacob RHODES dated the 17th day of February 1822 they believe is entirely in the hand writing of the said Jacob RHODES and subscribed by him, Sworn and subscribed before me the 25th November 1824 in open court.
Richd. C. BUNTING, Clk.
Chs. MOORE
J. WOOD
Ken BLACK
Neill BUIE
Robeson County November Term 1824. Then was this will proved in open court by the oaths of Kenneth BLACK, Charles MOORE, Neil BUIE, and Joseph WOOD and ordered to be recorded.
Richd. C. BUNTING, Clk.

(Note: Jacob RHODES was the son of Benjamin RHODES and Rachel THOMAS of Duplin
Co., N.C.)