Book I, Mecklenburg County Wills, page 167
Will Written March 4, 1850
Will Probated probated in court April 1850
Transcribed by Donna J. Johnson
In the name of God, Amen.
I Henry Hoover, being of feeble body but of sound mind being desirous of making an equitable distribution of my worldly effects do hereby constitute and ordain this my last will and testament revoking all other wills or codicils of wills made by me.
Item I will that my body shall be decently buried in its mother earth.
Item I will that all my just debts be paid out of my estate.
Item I will to my beloved wife Mary Hoover, during her natural lifetime, forty acres of the land on which I now live including the improvements in the same. Also a sufficient years allowance for her maintenance. Also one sorrel mare now owned by me, her choice in two milk cows & calves, also my Negro girl Susan during her natural life, also my Negro Caroline during her natural life and after her death as I shall hereinafter direct or as the law directs in said case.
Item I heretofore devised to my sons Alfred and Thomas each a tract of land giving them each stock of various kinds. It is my will that the same shall be their proportion of my estate.
Item I will to my daughter Eliza Wilson after the death of my wife my negro girl Susan.
Item I will to my son David ten dollars.
Item I will to my son Henry ten dollars.
Item I will to my grandchildren - children of John and Jane Love, Henry, Jane, Leander and James ten dollars.
Item I will to my son Marquis de Lafayette 100 acres of land off my home tract off of the upper end of the same including the present improvements made by him, also the livestock in his possession.
Item I will to my son Francis Marion 100 acres of land off my home tract adjoining my son Marquis de Lafayette.
Item I will to my son Washington the remaining portion of my home tract of land and after the death of my wife the heretofore mentioned forty acres of the same tract willed to her during her natural life. Also, my sorrel horse named John. Also a sow and pigs.
Item I will the remaining portion of property be sold by my executor and after paying all my just debts to be equally divided among all my children.
Item Having full confidence in my friend & nephew Thos. H. Brem I hereby constitute & appoint him my legal executor to execute this my last will & testament to the full intent and meaning of the same.
March 4th 1850
Witness: Jas. A. Cathey and Tom A. Cathey
(Note: Executor Thomas H. Brem was the son of Henry's sister Eva Hoover and her husband, Jacob Brem. Like Henry Hoover, he resided in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.)
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