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Notes for Lewis Collins
He served a total of three different times during the Revolutionary War as best as can be determined from his statement when he applied for a pension. He was a farmer and served upon demand and as bringing in the crops allowed. As part of his Revolutionary War service he fought the Cherokee Indians (who were fighting for the British) and in 1781 while marching from North Carolina to Charestown, South Carolina under the command of General Green he was enganged in a battle with the British and "took a great many prisoners" according to his statement. His Revolutionary War pension number in the National Archieves is S21142.
His will, written September 16, 1783 reads as follows:
In the name of God Amen. I Lewis Collins of the State of North Caroline in the County of Gransville being of sound health and memory but calling to mind the uncertainty of this life do make and ordan this my last will and Testament in manner of form following-
First ?? I give my soul to God who gave it trusting in the ?? of my Saviour Jesus Christ for perfect ?? of my time ?? my body to the ground to be disposed of at the discretion of my ?? hereafter named.
Item. I give to my dearly beloved wife Elisabeth the tract of land of Dantatonnes?? I now live during his natural life and six negroes viz ?? Phimoth, Peg, Amey, ?? with the whole of my stock, ?? She my said wife complying with the following bequests. viz
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Lois Gaden a negro wench named Voilet, a ??, bed of furniture, one ???? two cows and calves and the same ?? already delivered, but if it should please God that my said daughter to die without lawfull ?? then the estate given her to return to be divided among my other children.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsey Robinson in Virginia two negroes Friday and his youngest child w child I dont know the name of as its born since I delivered the woman with this future increase. Also cattle, bed furniture with things are already delivered to here ??
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Edward Collins a negro girl nammed Chores (one mare and saddle already delivered) one bed of furniture, two cows and calves to him his heirs ?? for ever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Lewis Collins a negro boy named Josh with one horse and saddle one bed and furniture, two cows and calves to him his heirs and ?? for ever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Wiley Collins a nego girl named Phibbie, one horse and saddle, one bed and furniture, two cows and calves and fifteen pounds ?? for schooling. Dollars at six shillings to him his heirs of ?? for ever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Diannah Carter Collins one negro boy named Isom, with one horse and saddle, one bed and furniture, two cows and calves also a seal skin trunk to her heirs of?? forever.
Item. After the death of my said wife, the estate left or ?? I give to be divided mong my five children, Lois, Edward, Lewis, Wiley and Diannah Carter or their representatives but of any of them die without lawful issue then to those living or leaving issue except my land as I leave to my ????
Item. ?? I constitute and appoint my loving wife Elizabeth and my sons Edward and Lewis Collins executors of this my siad Last Will and Testament. Given under my hand and seal this 16th day of September in the year of our Lord 1783.
He signed in his hand and made his seal. Proven 1785
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