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children: Joshua, James Robeson, David, Luke, Henry, Cloanna (Griffen)
From the Martin NC Will of Henry Robason, 1785 (see US Genweb notice after this will and before his son's, crediting the copy of both wills to Rick Roberson). (I have not faithfully reproduced Mr. Roberson's copy, but have added punctuation for clarity, removed random capitalization, omitted a little, and added bold type for emphasis).
In essence, this will reveals the children listed above, and that he had a grist mill he bought from John Hardison, as well as 285 acres, a plantation house, blacksmith tools, woolen and linen wheels, a family Bible, and a slave named Demsey and perhaps a second slave. The witnesses are Benjamin and Joshua Hardison.
In the name of God, Amen, this 28 day of January, 1785, I, Henry Robason, (illegible) of Martin County, State of North Carolina, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to god for it, therefore calling to mind the Mortality of Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this, my last Will and Testament, that is to say principally and first of all I give and commend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I (illegible) ask to be buried in a decent like and Christian Manner (illegible)...by the Mighty Power of God and touching such worldly estates (illeg) which it hath pleased God to bless one in this life, I give and dispose of it in the following manner:
First I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Joshua Robason my Manor Plantation home? I now? live with 285 acres land to the same belonging to him and his heirs forever. I also give to my son Joshua (illeg) my Grist Mill with the land belonging to her which I bought of John Hardison with one feather bed and furniture. I also give to my son Joshua one negro boy named Demsey on the condition that said Joshua pay to my son James Robason 50 barrels of corn, that is 5 barrels per year for ten years on which condition I give the Negro to him, the son Joshua and his heirs. I also give to my son Joshua one linen wheel and one woolen ditto, it being the large linen wheel and the smallest woolen wheel, and one large oval table and one small. One church Bible to him, the son Joshua, and his heirs.
I give to my beloved son David Robason one set Blacksmith's tools which he now has in his possession and one large book called flavilla?
I give to my (illeg two?) sons Luke Robason and Henry Robason a balance due from them to me of about 30 or 40 pounds in money, it being due on (illeg), a Negro.
I give to my daughter, Cloanah Griffen, one woolen wheel. I will that all the rest of my estate that (has) not already (been) mentioned be equally divided amongst my children, that is to say: Joshua Robason, David Robason, Henry Robason, Luke Robason, James Robason and Cloanah Griffen, and I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons, Henry Robason and Joshua Robason, executors to this, my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby revoke and disannull all and every other Will or Wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and date before mentioned, signed, sealed, published and declared by me, the said Henry Robason, to be my last Will and Testament.
Benjamin Hardisson Henry Robason & seal
Joshua Hardisson x
Martin County March Court 1794 then the beforegoing instrument of writing was proved in open court to be the last will and testament of Henry Robason (illeg) by the oath of Joshua Hardisson on (illeg followed by unidentified signature)
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Henry Robason II
(See same US GENWEB Notice above) Will of Henry Robason, Martin County, NC, 12-17-1827 transcribed and contributed by Rick Roberson, Jan 1999. Source: office of the Clerk of Court, Martin Co. Court House, Williamston, NC, Will Book 2, page 138-139)
In essence, this will reveals sons Henry, Collins, Charles and William, and grandchidren James, Sally, Thomas, Harry, Charles, McGilbra and Margaret. It reveals a plantation, as well as a piece of property called Horse Pen Pellen. It reveals slaves Alfred, Mary, George, David, Esther and Martilla.
In the name of God, Amen. I, Henry Robason of Martin County being of sound mind and memory, blessed be God, do this 17th day of December in the year of our Lord 1827, make and publish this, my last will and testament, in the manner following, that is to say, first my soul to God who give it, and my body to be buried at the discretion of my executors.
Item: I give unto my son Henry Robason the sum of 5 dollars with all the property he has heretofore (illeg) of me to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my son Collins Robason the sum of five dollars with all the property that he has heretofore (illeg) of me to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my son William Robason the sum of five dollars with all the property that he has heretofore secured (?) of me to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my Grandson James Baker Roberson (note the spelling is different) my Negro boy Alfred, my feather bed and furniture that I now heir on to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my Granddaughter Sally Collins Robason my Negro girl Mary to her heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my Grandson Thomas Robason my tract of Land known by the name of Horse Pen Pellen to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my three Grandsons Harry and Charles and McGilbra all my land and Plantation to be equally divided after the youngest comes to the year of maturity of 21, or their mothers lifetime to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I give unto all my Grandchildren of my son Charles Robason my Negro man, George, and also my Negro man, David, for the use of raising and supporting of them until the youngest coming to the age of 21 or their mothers lifetime and also make (illeg) my three? horse? for the same use also all my family tools for the same use.
Item: I give unto my Granddaughter Margaret Rhods Robason one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever. My will is that my Negro woman Esther has the choice of choosing which of my four sons she will live with; but the first choice (illeg) govern her forever and I bind that child she makes choice to take good care her as long shall live.
Item: I leave my Negro woman Martilla to be sold to pay my debts and funeral expenses at the discretion of my (illeg--executors?) and I herby make and ordain my friend James Songlith? and my son Charles Robason executors of this, my last will and testament--in witness whereof I, the aforesaid Henry Robason, name to this my last will and testament--my name and seal this day and time above written, signed, sealed, and published and declared in the presence of us:
W. Gurganus H. Robason (seal)
Will probated June 1828 in the Office of Clerk of Superior Court, Martin County. (Note--he died 4-18-1828--rr)