Where There's A Will, There Is A Way: Jacob's Kerr's Will


In the case of my paternal 3rd great grandfather Jacob Kerr of Sampson County, I think one could say that, "Where there is a will, there is a way." Jacob Kerr's will detailed how his property was to be divided and passed down to his children upon his death. This will paved the way for his descendants to continue their way of life, living off the land and being self sufficient. 


If you missed any of my previous post about Jacob Kerr, here are the links:

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #11 My Paternal 3rd Great Grandfather Jacob Kerr

A Look At A Few Of Jacob Kerr's Neighbors

Jacob and Gabe Kerr Purchase Land


Jacob Kerr signed his will on June 30, 1895. His will was probated on November 8, 1895. It appears then he died sometime between those two dates. 


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org.:  North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970, 
Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol 3. Image 360 of 365.

Will
In the name of God Amen! I Jacob Kerr of Tomahawk Sampson County, N.C. do hereby make publish and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking any and all wills by me here to fore made.

1st I direct my executors here in after named to pay my funeral expenses. 

Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,
 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365

and all of my just debts and liabilities soon as can conveniently after my decease.
2nd I give and bequeath to my son Andrew D Kerr and equal portion of my land to begin viz.  Commencing at the south and extending north East and west covering the entire tract till it contains an equal part which he is entitled.


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,
 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365


3rd I give and bequeath to my son Hayes B Kerr and equal part of my land to begin at the termination on my son Andrews and containing as above described. 
4th I do give and bequeath to my son Henry R. Kerr an equal portion of my land to begin at the termination of my Hayes, and continue as above described.


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,

 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365

5th I do give and bequeath to my son Robt T Kerr and equal portion to begin at the termination of my son Henry's and continue as above described till it contains an equal part.
6th I do give and bequeath to my son Jacob D Kerr Jr. an equal part as described above to begin at the termination my son Robert as above described and the balance to the house tract including the house he is living in.


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,
 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365

7th I do give and bequeath to my son Gabe equal or portion and a track near South River known as the Ed Rich tract. 
8th I do give and bequeath a portion to my Grandson John T Kerr and one grape vine in the Johnson field at the house where my son Jacob is living.
9th I do hold the house tract where I am living for myself and my son Hatties L Kerr and he is to have a portion of the above first described. I go give and bequeath to my son Daniel


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,

 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365

something if not land something he can use. Last wills conflict with this one are null and void. I do here unto set my hand and seal this June 30, 1895
          his
Jacob X Kerr    Tomahawk, N.C.
               mark

Witnesses
 James T Hayes Tomahawk
                          County of Sampson State of
                North Carolina

 William H Hayes  Tomahawk Sampson
 County State of North Carolina.


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