Will of Charles Steelman
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF SURRY
I Charles Steelman of County of Surry and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say.
First, that my executor hereinafter named shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends and pay all my funeral expenses, together with my just debts howsoever and to whomsoever owing out of the money that may come first in to his hands as a part of my estate.
Also I give and to my wife Elizabeth Steelman fifty acres of land to have and to hold to her the said Elizabeth Steelman for and during the time of her natural life.
Also I give and devise to Abraham Douglas son of John Douglas the son of John Douglas the same tract of land whereon I now live except the life estate of my wife devised in a former item of this will to have and to hold to his and his heirs in fee simple forever.
I give and bequeath to my four sons George, Joshua, Charles and James Steelman one dollar each.
Also I give and bequeath to my five daughters, to my eldest Catherine one dollar, to Ruth Rutledge one dollar, to Rachel Wiles one dollar, to Jane Reavis one dollar, to Polly Atwood one dollar.
Also my will and desire is that all the residue of my estate if any after taking out the devises and legacies above mentioned should be sold and debts owing to me are collected and if there should be anything over and above payment of debts, expenses and legacies that such surplus be paid over to my wife and to Abraham Douglas forever and I do constitute and appoint my trusted friend George Waddle my Lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof, hereby making and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I the said Charles Steelman do hereunto set my hand and seal the 3rd day of June A.D., 1843.
Charles X Steelman
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Charles Steelman to be his last will and testament in presence of us and at his request in his presence and in presence of each other we subscribe our names thereto.