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Henry Pitman's Will

North Carolina, Robeson County.
I, Henry Pitman of the county and State aforesaid, being of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

1. It is my will and desire that my executors hereinafter named, shall give to my body a decent burial, suitable to the wishes of my friends and family and pay all funeral expenses together with all my just debts to whomsoever owing out of the first moneys that may come into their hands belonging to my estate.

2. I give and devise to my beloved son, W.S. Pitman and his wife, Elizabeth Pitman, a tract of land containing 119 acres, which was conveyed to me by Riley Pitman, said land located in Wishart's Township, Robeson County, North Carolina, adjoining the lands of Thomas Phillips, Gregory Lennon and John Britt. To have and to hold the same during the term of their natural lives, and at their death to Wade Hampton Pitman and Jessie Thurman Pitman in fee- simple to be equally divided between them.

3. I give and devise to my beloved wife Sallie Pitman the dwelling house, together with the cleared land surrounding the same which lies North of the drain crossing the farm whereon I now live. To have and to hold the same during the term of her natural life or widowhood, provided nevertheless that she live on said land, and if she fail to live on the same, then she forfeits her right to the same and the life estate herein given her shall terminate, and at her death or termination of her widowhood or when she ceases to live on said place, I give and devise the same to my son, W.S. Pitman and his wife, Elizabeth Pitman for and during the term of their natural lives and at the death of W.S. Pitman and his wife, Elizabeth Pitman to Wade Hampton Pitman and Jessie Thurman Pitman my grand sons in fee-simple to be equally divided between them. Also I give and devise to my beloved son, W.S. Pitman and his wife, Elizabeth Pitman the remainder of the tract of land whereon I now reside during the term of their natural lives, and at their death to be equally divided between my two grandsons, Wade Hampton Pitman and Jessie Thurman Pitman my grand sons in fee-simple forever.

4. I give and bequeath to Rosa Taylor wife of Anderson Taylor the sum of Ten Dollars, to be paid to her by my executors out of any moneys which may come into their hands out of my estate.

5. I give and bequeath to my grandson, Jessie Thurman Pitman, any horse or mule which I may own at the time of my death.

6. All the residue of my personal property, wheresoever the same may be found, I give and bequeath to my wife, Sallie Pitman and two grandsons, Wade Hampton Pitman and Jessie Thurman Pitman and my son, W.S. Pitman, same to be equally divided between them.

7. I constitute and appoint my son,W.S. Pitman and my grandson, W.H. Taylor, and Anderson Taylor executors of this my last will and testament, to execute the same according to the true intent of every clause and meaning thereof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills by me heretofore made.
In testimony whereof, I, the said Henry Pitman, do hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of February, 1912.