The following was transcribed verbatim from Abstracts of Columbus County, North Carolina Court Minutes, 1845-1852, Vol. IV, by Jason McLeod Williamson, copyright 1988:
February Term 1849:
James Creech, Exor. of Joshua Creech, dec'd vs. Mary Jane Creech and others
The following Jury sworn and empanneled: Levin Strickland, Henry Enzor, Neill C. Lewis, Saml. Hughs, J. S. Pierce, Wm. Cartwright, Jesse Ward, John Godwin, Moses Harrelson, Saml. Smith, and David George to try whether the following paper writing purported to be the LW&T of Joshua Creech, dec'd, is his LW&T or not.The paper writing herein offered for probate as the LW&T of said Joshua Creech is in the words and figures following:
State of North Carolina)August 17th day 1848 Columbus County)
Item - First I want all my debts to be honorably paid. Item - Second I give to my wife Mary Jane her choist cow and calf in my stock, one feather bed and furniture, one family Bible, one Negro girl named Jane her lifetime or widowhood then to my children. Item - Third I give to my daughter Catherine Penny and her husband 50 acres of land known as the Camp Land.Also another track of 15 acres joining patented by me. Item - Fourth I give to my son James Creech the land where he now lives. Item - Fifth I give to my daughter Sarah Woodell and husband the lands where he formerly lived. Item - Sixth I give to my son John Creech the lands where he now lives. Item - Seventh I give to my daughter Frances Barefoot and husband 50 acres of land known as the Warren Land. Item - Eighth I give to my son Elijah Creech the lands he now has in his possession known as the Baldwin Land and one bed and furniture. Item - Ninth I give to my son Elias Creech the lands where Elisha Creech now lives, one bed and furniture, and one-fifth part of the crop where I now live. Item - Tenth I give to my son Elisha Creech the lands where I now live. Item - Eleventh Balance of property be divided equally between my children. Item - Twelth I appoint son James Creech to be my Exor . . .
Wit: John Creech and J. O. Barefoot/s/Joshua Creech (seal)
The aforesaid jury finds that the paper writing offered for probate and herein set forth is not the LW&T of said Joshua Creech and that the said Joshua Creech died wholy intestate.It is adjudged and decreed by the Court accordingly.It is further ordered by the Court that the Administrators pay the costs of this suit.