I John Bobbitt of the county of Granville and State of North Carolina being in sound mind and disposing memory but feeble in body and knowing that it is appointed unto man once to die, do ordain this as my last will and testament in manner and form following. (To Wit).
Item: I give and bequeath to my son, DURELL E. BOBBITT, two hundred dollars ($200.00) to be paid out of my estate before any division is made of my estate among all my children.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM 0. BOBBITT, the tract of land on which I now live.
Item: It is further my will and desire that after my death all my slaves shall be equally divided among my six children, Viz, Arabella E. Powell, Durell E. Bobbitt, Martha E. Brummett John J. Bobbitt, Margaret B. Brummett and William 0. Bobbitt, or if, -they cannot divide said slaves satisfactorily then my Executors, (to be name hereafter) are to sell said slaves and divide the proceeds thereof equally among all my six children above named.
Item: It is further my will and desire that all my stock o f every description, household and kitchen furniture, plantation tools, crop of every kind which may be on hand at my death and all provisions of every kind on hand at that time shall be sold by my executors and the proceeds equally divided among my five children, to wit, Arabella E. Powell, Durell E. Bobbitt, Martha E. Brummett, John J. Bobbitt and Margarett B. Brummett.
Item: It is further my will and desire that my executors shall collect all the Bonds which I may have at my death and divide the proceeds arising therefrom together with all the money which I may have at my death equally among my six children .......
Item: I hereby constitute and appoint my three sons, Durell E. Bobbitt, John J. Bobbitt and William 0. Bobbitt my true and lawful executors to this my last will and testament thereby revoking and disallowing all others.
S/ JOHN BOBBITT
Witnesses: D. P. Paschall
B. F. Hancock
His wife is not mentioned because she died in 1864. The will had to be written between 1864 and 1868.