Will of George Steelman
Surry County Will Book 3, pp. 37 and 38
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF SURRY
Know all men by these presents that I, George Steelman, of the County and State before mentioned am very sick of body yet through mercy in perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of life knowing that is appointed for all men once to die, I do now make this my Last Will and Testament.
Item. In the first place I recommend my body to the grave and my soul to God who gave it. And as for my worldly goods I mean to dispose of them as follows (Viz to wit)
Item. I lend unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth Steelman the tract of land where on I now live until all my children come of age.
Item. I give unto my son Charles Steelman all that part of my land lying on the South side of the creek.
Item. I give unto my son James Steelman all my land on the North side of the said creek, only I reserve all that part of said Land below Wiles road to the grass fence including the barn field thence straight as said fence runs to the creek for my wife during her natural life.
Item. I lend unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth Steelman one Negro woman named Maryann and her child named Charlotte during her natural life then to be equally divided amongst all my children. I further lend her two notes due from William Steelman including two hundred pounds till all my children come of age then to be equally divided amongst them all.
Item. I give unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth Steelman all my stock of sheep and hogs: I also lend her two horse creatures and all my stock of cattle to be valued to her and when all my children come of age the valuation thereof to be equally divided between my wife and all my children, namely, Mary Steelman, Charles Steelman, Ruth Steelman, Elizabeth Steelman, James Steelman, Rachel Steelman, Rebecca Steelman.
Item. I give unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth Steelman all my household furniture.
I constitute and appoint Charles Steelman and Joseph Reavis my whole Executors.
George Steelman (SEAL)
Assigned sealed in presence of us this
18th February 1799