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Last Will & Testament:

Michael Rominger
(1780-1824)

[Michael Rominger was my 4th-great-grandfather. A copy of this document was obtained from the Clerk of Court of Stokes County, North Carolina. I have broken the text into paragraphs, which is not done in the original.]

In the name of God Amen I Michael Rominger of Stokes County in the State of North Carolina being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do this 1st day of June 1824 make this my last will & testament

1ST I will that my body be decently buried according to the custom of the united brethren

2ND I will that all my just debts be paid and my dues collected by my Executors

3RD I will that the interest I hold in a Grist & saw mill which is owned by myself and brother Philip Rominger one half to each shall remain undivided & be kept up by my Executors for the benefit of all my heirs till all my children (if they live to the age of twenty one years) arrive at the age of twenty one years & after that period arrives my Executors shall expose to publick sale the said mills among my then surviving children & the highest bidder among them shall be the purchaser & an equal division of the proceeds shall then be made amongst my then surviving children share & share alike

4 I give unto my beloved wife a yearly annuity of fifty bushels of wheat out of the proceeds of my part of the Grist mill till my son Christian Lewis arrives to be twenty one years old and after that time an annuity of twenty five bushels of wheat till my youngest surviving child shall become twenty one years old to be given to her by my Executors each and every year, out of the profits of my interest in the grist mill from time to time as she may need it and call on them for it.

5 I will that my Executors shall pay all expenses for repairs of frist & saw mill out of the profits of said mills & if any surplus profits remain after paying for such repairs & the wheat which my wife is to have annually, such remaining profits shall be put on & if the said mills should ned rebuilding then these said funds so put on interest shall be expended together with the interest thereon for the payment of such rebuilding & if not all used, it shall the balance so remaining be kept in interest till my surviving children become to the age of twenty one years, when a division shall be made thereof as mentioned in article 3rd

6 I will that each & every of my children (which may arrive to the age of twenty one years) when they arrive at that age have the full & sole profits of both grist & saw mill for the term of one year each after paying to my beloved wife the annuity of twenty five bushels of wheat as directed in article the 4th

7 When I speak of my interest in the mills in this will, I will always be understood in this way that the seven acres of land which is termed by us the mill tract shall always be and belong to the mills & be treated throughout as being part of said mills

8 I will that the tract of land whereon I now live together with my house & out houses & other improvements thereon shall be & belong to my beloved wife Christine during her natural life or so long as she remains my widow for the purpose of raising & maintaining my children & after the decease of my widow of if she remarry then my Executors shall make a public sale amongst my then surviving children & the highest bidder shall be the purchaser & the proceeds thereof shall be divided as mentioned in article 3rd

9 I will that my Executors shall expose to public or private sale my negro man Jack, my whiskey, saddles, waggon & such other loose property as may not be needed for cutting, planting, & attending to the plantation whereon my beloved wife is to raise & maintain my children & likewise my negro man Tom & my negro woman Martha shall be sold public or private sale & if in case my Executors cannot sell Tom & Martha they may give them to any person willing to take them. Out of the proceeds of these sales my Executors shall pay my debts which may remain unpaid after my dues are collected & expended toward the payment of my debts & if any funds then remain on hand they shall be put on interest & if necessary they shall be applied in the same way as directed in article 5th for rebuilding the mills & the surplus funds not expended as herein directed shall be put on interest and dealt with as in article 3rd

10 All the provision including grain & forage on hand at my decease shall same be to the use of my beloved wife for the maintenance of my children & all my household & kitchen furniture of whatsoever description shall be & belong to my beloved wife so long as she may live or marry & after such time of her decease or marriage my Executors shall proceed the same way as mentioned in article 5th

11 But if in case my beloved wife should depart this life before all my children should be the age of twenty one years then & in that case my Executors shall fourthwith proceed to get guardians appointed of good & disinterested men over the then minor children according to law & after such appointments are made, shall make a public sale of the interest in the mills & of my plantation & give notice of the time of such sale to the appointed guardian or guardians of my then minor children & I do hereby enjoin on those guardians to attend said sale & see that no advantage be taken of my then minor children & of the proceeds of the sale I will that they be divided as mentioned in article 3rd also all funds which may remain on hand in the case of my wife's departure before all my children are of age of whatsoever description shall then be divided after such sales have taken place as directed in article 3rd all the residue of my estate of whatever nature herein not mentioned shall after the different periods herein mentioned have expired be equally divided among all my living children.

12 And I do hereby ordain & appoint my beloved son Christian Lewis & my beloved son Joshua as Executors of this my last will & testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made & declaring this to be my last will & testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 1st day of June 1824

M Rominger [SEAL]

Signed sealed delivered &
acknowledged before us
Jacob Schultz Jurat
Joseph Rominger

Stokes County Sept. term 1824
The execution of the last will & testament of
Mikall Rominger decd. was duly proved in open
court of the oath of Jacob Schultz

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