In the name of God, Amen.
I, Nicholas Friday, of the County of Lincoln and state of North Carolina, being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God for the same, do this twenty fourth day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine make and ordain, constitute and appoint this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First, I give twenty shillings unto the poor of this county and also forty shillings towards the Lincolnton Meeting House.
Item; I also give and bequeath unto Mary Friday, my well beloved wife, one hundred and forty acres of land lying on both sides of Clarke’s Creek joining Anthony Holman’s land during her life; also the house standing at the Spring where I now live and also the still and vessels thereunto belonging as long as she lives on the premises, and my son Jonas Friday, is to find her twelve bushels of wheat and ten bushels of corn, three hundred weight of pork and two hundred weight of beef, one pound of tea, three pounds of coffee, twenty-five pounds of sugar and sow her yearly half an acre of flax on good ground and to find her six pound of wool during her life. I also give her a Negro wench named Hariot and Negro child named Adam during her life and two cows and calves, a roan horse, saddle and bridle; and my son Jonas is to find food for the horse and cattle during her life or as long as she shall live with him. I also give her a bed and furniture and all the money I have in hands and all the debts due to me by book accounts, bonds, or notes and all the household furniture not hereafter bequeathed.
Item; I also give and bequeath unto my son Jonas Friday, the tract of land whereon I now live with all the improvements thereon and also the land joining said tract lying on the North side of the South Fork and also the half of tract joining of Lincolnton and also the land bequeathed to my wife to be his property after decease, and also one negro fellow named Yamak and a new wagon and hind gears, two mares and two colts, one set of plow irons, on sorrel horse, saddle and bridle, one iron harrow, two pair plow gears, one wind mill, one hand screw, one clock, smooth bore gun and bed furniture.
Item; I also give and bequeath unto my son, Andrew Friday, two tracts of land lying on the South side of South Fork joining my son Jonas land above bequeathed and also I give unto my son Andrew Friday, a tract of land on the waters of Clark’s Creek joining land of Jacob Cresimer and also one half of the tract of land of one hundred acres joining Lincolnton and also one Negro girl named Silvey and one sorrel horse and one mare and mare colt, saddle and bridle, one bed and furniture, one set of plow irons, two pair of gears, a rifle gun and one silver watch.
Item; I give and bequeath unto my Daughter, Catherine Rudisill, a tract of land of four hundred acres lying on Howard’s Creek and also a negro girl named Sall and further it is my desire that all my cattle, hogs, tools, and sheep, to equally divided between my two sons, Jones and Andrew, and I do empower my Executors to make a lawful title unto Phillip Gantzler for one half the tract land wherein we’re partners and also to a tract lying on little Shoal Creek; to make a title unto Michael Costner when the patent is received and to make and constitute and appoint Mary Friday, my wife, and Martin Friday, my lawful Executors of this last will and testament, and do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other Testament, Wills, Legasees, Bequeaths, and Executers by my and wife before names, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 24th day of April 1789
In presence of
CREAMLINE DAIRY: Hardin, NC
The Creamline Dairy was started by J.J. Friday around 1950. He built this dairy operation next door to his home in Hardin, a few houses down from the Hardin Baptist Church.
The dairy used glass bottles with the name of the dairy on the bottlecaps. Children from the Hardin Elementary School visited the dairy on field trips to learn about dairy operations and the processing of milk. The dairy supplied all the school's milk including chocolate milk one day each week. After J.J. Friday retired, his son Jim Friday ran the dairy operation until the late 1960s.
While in operation the dairy employed local people to collect and clean bottles, deliver milk, and even feed cows. Billy Friday, Clyde Costner, Andy Harris, and Jim Friday all worked at various times as runners delivering milk to homes and picking up empty bottles with the truck drivers. The drivers stayed in the trucks and only slowed down so the runners could take the milk up to front porch of the house and pick up the empty bottles, then run back to the truck as it moved along.
[this account of the dairy operations comes from "Memories of Harden School And Its Community" by author Carolyn S. Gregg of Greeneville, TN. This book is available at the Gaston County History Museum, Dallas]
The David Friday House
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