County Will Book 23 page 218
In the name of God Amen. I Mary L. Christmas of Warren County, and state of North Carolina, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
I give to my mother Jane Green the following Negroes to her and her heirs forever together with their future increases subject nevertheless, to the man against and direction of my brother Lewis Y. Christmas, until my said mother shall in her own proper person claim and demand them of him (Viz!) Jinny, Adaline and China.
Secondly: I give to my brother Lewis Y. Christmas all my portion and interest of and in the tract of land called the Dower Tract, on which my mother now lives also the following Negroes with their increases, Viz Yellow Jinny, Anne Marie, and Eliza.
Thirdly: I give to my grandmother Mary Yancey during her life, the following Negroes, Mary and Stephen XE "Negro:Stephen, after her death, I give them to Stephen Davis, with a request, that he will apply the profits of them to the use as benefit of my brother William D. Christmas and I give the said Negroes together with their increases to any lawful heir of his body whoever the said Stephen Davis shall think proper to relinquish the above loan but should my brother William D. Christmas die without lawful issue I give the said Negroes equally to Lewis Y. Christmas and Thomas H. Christmas.
Fifthly: I wish my Executor and Executors hereafter to be named to sell my tract of land adjoining the land of William White and others.