Will of Thomas Couch of Orange County, North Carolina, signed 1829
I Thomas Couch being weak in body but in sound memory do constitute this my last will and testament, revoking all other wills by me heretofor made & for the better settlement of my estate. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Couch one half of the land I purchased of Wm White & part of the land I bought of Joseph White lying on the west side of piney mountain creek so as to make the creek the line between him & William also the hart tract, the Scarlett tracts, the Honcha & Geo Johnston tracts the choice of my wagons & Geer Two choice horses Two stills all my Brancy, and all my Cyder and brandy casks. Two Feather beds with their furniture - smith tools, plantation tools & kitchen furniture & one half of my stock of cattel & hogs
I give and bequeath to my son Harden Couch Two hundred Acres of land it being part of the Pector tracts adjoining Land of Aqualla Rhodes & the heirs of Benjamin Rhodes runing by a line north and south so as to make his quantity across the whole of my tracts.
I give and bequeath to my son Isaac Couch Two Hundred acres of land to join Hardens part running by a line north and south across the whole of pector tracts so as to make his quantity
I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Couch the ballance of the Pector Tracts of land.
I give and bequeath to my son William Couch my other wagon the other half of stock of Cattel & hoggs the Ballance of my Horses.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Horne Forty dollars.
I give and bequeath to my Daughter Susannah Horne Forty dollars.
I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Rachel White Ten Dollars.
I give and bequeath to Nancey White Ten Dollars.
I give and bequeath to Susannah White ten dollars.
I give and bequeath to Thomas White ten dollars
I give and bequeath to Joseph White Junr ten dollars
I leave for my negro man Kitt to be sold and the money arising from the sale of him to be equally devided among all my sons and daughters.
I give and bequeath all my negroes which I may have at my Death to my six sons. Viz. Samuel Couch, Isaac Couch, William Couch, Thomas Couch, Harden Couch, & Jacob Couch to equally divided amongst my six sons, my son William to have one negro less than the others, equal in value to the girl I gave him is at this time. Also all the monie I may leave after paying my just debts & paying off the above monied legacies by my left, the monie to be equally divided amongst the above named six sons.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my havd and seal this 27th day day of Septmeber 1829.
Signed & Sealed in the
Thomas couch (seal)
Presence of us