Taken from Will Book .(early)..Dodson Surry County North
Carolina pages 97, 98, and 99.)
“In the name of God Amen. August ye 25th day 1793.
I, John Underwood of the County of Surry and State of North
Carolina, yeoman, being weak of body yet of sound mind and
memory calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once
to die do hereby make and ordain this my last will and
testament dis-annulling and revokeing all other form or
wills and testament whatsoever and as it hath pleased God
to me with my worldly Estate I do hereby dispose of same in
the manner and form following as for my soul I recommend it
to the hands of God that gave it and my body to return to
the earth from whence it came. It is my will and desire
that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid.and
satisfied by my Executors hereafter mentioned: Item;
I give unto my well beloved daughter Sally ten shillings.
I give unto my well beloved son William ten shillings.
I give unto my well beloved daughter Milly ten shillings
I give unto my well beloved daughter Nancy ten shillings.
I give unto my well beloved daughter Elizabeth ten shillings.
I give unto my well beloved son John ten pounds to paid in a horse at cash price.
I give unto my well beloved son Thomas all of the land that
I hold south of the roaring gap creek supposed to be seventy
five acres to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
I give unto my well beloved son George one hundred and
twenty five acres the lower end of the survey I live on to
him his heir and assigns forever.
I give unto my well beloved son Joel one hundred and fifty
acres of land where I now live on to him his heirs and
assigns forever. Also all my stock of every kind and
households goods after settling the above legacies with his
brothers and sisters.
I give and bequeath unto my well beloved housekeeper, Betsy
Watts the bed and furniture whereon she commonly lay also
one two year old heifer that she raised by hand to her and
heirs and assigns forever.
Item; I hereby constitute and appoint my well beloved sons
William Underwood and Joel Underwood my whole and sole
Executors of all my lands and tenements to divide and
dispose of them as is above described.
In testimony whereunto I have set my hand and fixed my seal
the day and year above written.
John Underwood (seal)
Signed and acknowledged in the presents of:
State of North Carolina Surry County May Session A.D. 1811″
From Roaring Gap (NC)
to Dumplin Valley (TN)
by Burl Underwood