In the name of God amen; I, Nathaniel Davis, of the county of Madison and State of North Carolina of sound memory and mind do make and ordain this my last will and Testament considering the frailty of my mortal life, and knowing that I must soon die, and leave the temporal blessing of earth. My soul I recommend to God who gave it and my body to the grave to be buried in decent burial at the action of my Executors, doubting not that they will be resurrected and united at the general judgment day.
As t------ by worldly Estate wherewith God hath blessed me. First of all I desire all my just debts to be paid, and then in the second place I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Dolly Davis all the remainder of my worldly Estate that I am possessed of at my death or demise consisting of Lands and tenement house hold and kitchen furniture of every description and stock of every kind and grain of every kind on hand growing or otherwise together with all possessions on hand, together with debts due, if necessary for her support and comfort during her natural life. And at her death I give and bequeath unto my son John Davis the sum of two dollars, and I give unto Alfred Marler & Elizabeth (Betsy Davis) Marler my daughter the sum of two dollars. Also I give unto Nathaniel Davis --- and Seviller Davis my niece the representative of my deceased daughter the sum of two dollars. I also give unto John Anderson & Polly Anderson my Daughter the sum of two dollars. And in remembrance of all the balance of my lawful heirs, vis-a-vis Lucretia (Roberts McPheters) Davis & children heirs at law of Minzy Davis Deceased & heirs at law of James Davis Deceased & Peter Davis & Harrison Davis and Nathaniel Davis, Jr. & Daniel Davis & Kizziah Kimbo (wife of John Kimbo?) and Rebecca Sawyers (May have married John J. Sawyer) & Jane Worley (May have married Robert “Robeson” Worley on 10 November 1853 in Madison County, NC) and heirs at law of Rachael Sawyers an equal share of the balance of my effects after paying out the above sums as herein described to be collected and paid over to the above named heirs by my Executor according to the -------- made and provided in such cases after deducting such fees and commissions as the law allows.
And I now revoke and di------ all former wills and Testaments heretofore made by me or purporting to be made by and in my name. I now ordain and confirm this, my last will & Testament to all intents and purposes. I now -------- and appoint my beloved son Harrison Davis my -------- Executor of my last will & Testament to wind up and manage the affairs of my Estate according to the provisions of the foregoing Will.
In testimony I hereunto set my hand & seal this thirty first day of August Eighteen hundred and sixty six in presence of witnesses. P.S. interlived before assigned Attest G.C. Askew and P. Morganhis Nathaniel Davis Mark State of North Carolina Madison County