John Pierce Will
Know all men by these presents that I John Peirce (Pierce) of Albemrl. County in North Carolina being sick and Weak of body but of sound and perfect mind and Memory praise be therefore given to God fo the same am moved to make this my last Will and Testament That is to say first and principally I commit my soul and spirit to God that gave it me and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Exors. Hereafter named and as for touching such Worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of as followeth,
Item my Will and mind is that my Daughter May have the silver spoon that was given her by her grandfather Chapman,
Item my Will and mind is That each of my Children, Mary, Copland, Elizabeth, Thomas, Hanah, and the Child that she now goes with have a good young Ewe deliverd to them, as they arrive to the age of eighteen or Married,
Item I give my sonn Copeland my new gun,
Item I give unto my Sonn Thos. My old guun,
Item I give to each and evey of Children a good Feather bed, and bolster also the Child my Wife now goes with if she is with Child to be delivered to each and evey of them as they arrive to the age of 21 or married.
Item I give unto the use of all my Children that shall come to age my Negroe Wench named Pheobe withal her increase as also the Negroe Girl Pender and her increase for ever my Dear Wife having the lent use and service of the said Phebe and Pender til the Children all come to the age of Twentyone years or Married and then to be divided with the encrase (increase) as afsd. Among and for ye use of my Children according to age for ever
Item I give unto each and every of my Children a young Cowe and Calf to be delivered as they come to the age of eighteen or married
Item I give unto my Brother in Law Peter Jones one half of my Land at the Mile branch to him and his Heirs for ever
Item I give unto my Dear Wife one half of my Land at the Mile Branch to her and Heirs for ever
Item I give unto my Sonn Copeland Peirice and to sonn Thomas Peirce the land whereon I now dwell to be equally divided between them my sonn Copland having the manner plantation to them and their Heirs for ever My Wife having her life time on the same if she soe caus to dwell in it.
Item after my just debts and legacys are paid with my Funeral Charges I give and bequeath all the rest of my Estate to my Dear Wife Sarah Peirce for ever and for the True performance thereof I doe hereby nominate and appoint my loveing Wife Sarah Peirce and my Brother Thomas Peirce and my Brother in Law John Williams my whole & sole Exors. Revoking all Wills or Wills legacy or legacys by me made or given holding firm and stable this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness Octr. Ye Oth. 1726.
Source: Albemarle County Records; Vol. 3; pg. ?? [Microfilm C.002.10001]
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