In the name of God amen. I Joel Lane of the County of Wake and State of North Carolina being __ in good health and of sound and perfect mind and memory but calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.
Imprimis I give and bequeath to my son Henry Lane and his heirs forever all that part of a Tract of Land which contains two hundred acres that lies on the North of Stephens Branch adjoining his own land.
Item I give and bequeath to my son James Lane his heirs and assigns forever four hundred and ninety five acres of land lying on both sides of Houses Creek.
Item I give and bequeath to my son William Lane his heirs and assigns forever six hundred and forty acres of land lying on the West side of the mountains on Harper River.
Item I give and bequeath to my son John Lane his heirs and assigns forever three tracts of land on Beaver Creek viz, one purchased of Elizabeth Taylor (?), one of Benjamin Taylor and one taken up by myself containning in the hole sixteen hundred acres also all my stock of cattle and hoggs, on the said land and also the household and kitchen furniture and plantation utinsels and the following Negroes viz Auston, Peter, Affie and Claersey and their future increas.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Lane his heirs and assigns forever all that part of the land purchased of Colo Josephe Montfort(e?) which lies west and North of the Towns Lands, also all the land purchased of William Barton and John Blake lying on the West side of _a_d Town including my manor plantation, reserving to my wife as here after mentioned, also seventy-vive acres purchased of Henry Lane North of said ___ also all that part of a tract of land which contains two hundred acres that lies on the South side of Stephens Branch also three hundred and twenty acres of land lying on both sides of Rockey Branch beginnning at a pine on the north side of said branch containing four hundred acres, also one thousand acres of land lying West of the mountains on Duck River being one half of a tract containing two thousand acres, also the following Negroes viz Jim Boy (?) Jeffry and Cloye and her future increase.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Joel Hinton Lane his heirs and assigns forever all my land lying East of the Town Lands and grassy Branch bounded on the north by my old lines, on the east by the lands of my son James Lane, on the south by the land of Joshua Sugg, and on the west by the aforesaid grassey Brancy and the Town Lands, containing by estimation four hundred acres, also five hundred acres of land lying on both sides of Simmons Branch, also three hundred and twenty acres of land lying on both sides of _ris_ey Branch, alson one thousand acres of land lying west of the mountains on Duck River being one half of a tract containing two thousand acres as aforesaid also the following Negroes viz, Vergel, Wenton and Rose and her future increase.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Lane her heirs and assigns forever the following Negroes viz Sam, Phill, Sally & Nane(?)y and their future increase, also one feather bed & furniture.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Lane, her heirs and assigns forever the following Negroes viz Teddcrech (?), Moses & Kissey & her future increas, also one feather bed and furniture.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Lane her heirs and assigns forevver the following Negroes viz Davie, Britain, and Judy and her future increase also one feather bed and furniture.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Grisseal Lane her heirs and assigns forever the following Negroes viz, Ben Selrey and Beakey (?) and their future increase.
Item I lend to my beloved wife Mary Lane during her widowhood or until my son Thomas Lane arrives to the age of Twenty one years, the use of my manor plantation, and I give and bequeath to my loving Wife Mary her heirs and assignes forever six hundred and forty acres of land lying on the head branches of Crab Tree Creek, Ready Creek, and Clack Creek, also two lotts in Averitsborough and all my Lotts and their improvements in the City of Raleigh, and also thirty acres of land be the same more or less lying between the City and Rocky Branch, and the following Negroes vix, Will Old Ned Jack, Old Rose Vitel (?) Hasty young Ned Arthur Cate and Suckey, and their future increase, and all the rest of my Estate real and personal not in here before bequeathed, cosisting of horses, cattle, hoggs, and household and kitchen furniture plantation utensils, my crop of all ___ growing on my plantation at the time of my death, all my out standing debts, and my mmoney in hand and one sett of black smiths tools, out of which she is to pay all my just debts, which my Executors her after mentioned is to see performed, and for the better support and mentainence of my children, my will is that my Wife Mary Lane keeps their estates together during her widowhood or untill they respectively (?) come to lawfull age or marry, Lastley I nominate Constitute and appoint my true and trusty friends John Whitaker, Theophilus Hunter (?) Junior Kimbrough Hinton and my two sons Henry Hane and James Lane Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke and __ all former Wills by me made retifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament, whereof I have ___ set my [paper torn] and seal this (?) day of October 179(1?).
Joel Lane Seal
Signed sealed and declared to be the Testators Last Will and Testament in the presents of
John Marshall (Jurat)
Henry D(?) (Jurat)
Jeane (her + mark) Gaffy
Wake County, June Sessions 1795
The within last Will and Testament of Joel Lane Esqr decd was duly proved in open Court by the oaths of John Marshall Seqr. and Henry Dillard Subscribing Witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded.
T.(? H?) Lane C. C.
Recorded in the Clerks office in the County of Wake in Book E and page (54) the 7th day of February 1798.
Nath. Lane C. C.