CHATHAM COUNTY WILLS - T - V


T                              Copyright 1998-present - Sue Ashby

Thomas Tabor will probated Sept., 1798
Chatham Co, N.C. Wills, Vol. A, pg. 140
N.C. Archives film # C.022.80001

The nuncupative will of Thomas Tabor, dec'd, late of Chatham County
state of North Carolina ---- ---- David Parish and John Roberts a few
days before his death- viz't
It was his (wish?) that his land whereon he lived should belong to his
son Collier Tabor and all the rest his property should be equally
divided amongst his other three children, Amos Tabor, Philip Tabor &
Delilah Tabor.
Chatham County, September, 1798 the ----- David Parish & John Roberts
---- and declare the above will to ---- ---- agreeable to -----
Chatham County November 1798 proved in open court by the oath of David
Parish
John Ramsey, CC
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John Taylor Will, dated July 30, 1792, no probate date
Chatham Co., NC Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pg. 44(b), 45
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001
 

In the name of God amen I John Taylor of Chatham County, and State of
North Carolina being sick and very weak of Body but of perfect mind and
memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form
folowing that is to say__ first I bequeath my soul to god who gave it
not doubting but he will dispose of it as best suits his godly wisdom
and Body to be buried in a desent Christian like manner at the
discretion of my Executors herein after mentioned and as to the worldly
goods it has been pleased god to bless me with I will that they be
disposed of in the following manner ___
I give and bequeath unto my Brother James Taylor his heirs and assigns
forever all my Estate both real and personal, Subject nevertheless to
the following provisions (Vizt) that my Lands and Negroes shall
emediatley after my decease be valued by disinterested men to be
Chosen by the parties Interested in the division herein directed. that
is to say, that my Brother James Taylor do and shall pay unto my
Brother Philip Taylor his heirs or a assigns to his and their proper
use and benefit one half of the Valuation of my Lands and one third
part of the Value of my negroes in five equal payments the first
payment to be made on the fifteenth day of February which shall happen
next after my decease and so on the same day Annually until the whole
sum is paid. I also Will that my said Brother James Taylor his heirs
Exc'r. or Adm'rs do and shall pay or cause to be paid unto my niece
Elizabeth Walker Anderson daughter of James Anderson her heirs or
assigns to her and their proper use and benefit on her ariving to
the age of Eighteen years or day of marriage one third part of the
Value of my negros but if she should die without issue, that then the
part or share alloted for her shall be equally divided between my
Brothers Phillip and James Taylor and their heirs to their use and
benefit forever, and lastly I do constitute and appoint my Brother
James Taylor sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby
revoking all other former Will or Wills by me made In Witness whereof I
have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of July in the
year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety two___
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the Testators to be his last
Will & Testament in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our
names as witnesses in presence of the Testator & of each other
Jas. or Jos. Lea
Jno. Thompson Signed John Taylor {Seal}
A Copy Test. John Ramsey C.C.
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Will of Philip Taylor - 1795- Chatham Co., NC, Record of Estates,
1782-1799
Vol. 2, pg. 45 (b), 46

In the name of God Amen, I Philip Taylor of the county of Chatham and
State of North Carolina Being sick and weak in Body but of sound mind
and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of Life and Certainty of
Death and being Desirous of settling all my worldly affairs Do make this
my Last will and Testament in Manner and form Following To Wit my will
is that my Lands on Deep River and my Lands in Cumberland be sold to pay
my just debts and in case my Land in Cumberland be not sold as above to
be Equally Divided between my three sons as they come of age Namely
Philip, John and James.  I also Direct my unimproved Lott by [be] sold
by my executors & Executrix, as they may best Judge to be applied to the
Benefit of my wife and Children __ I also will that my wife Enjoy the
House and whereon I now Live During her life and at her Death to be sold
and the money to be Divided Between my three Daughters Iphignia
Fantleroy Taylor   Aphia Taylor & Patsy Walker Taylor_ I also give and
bequeath to my beloved wife all and singular my Household furniture to
dispose of as she pleases__ I also depose that all my stock and
plantation utensals be sold and money applied to the use of my family
__ I also will that my negroes be equally Divided in Lotts by my
Executrix and Executors hereafter to be named and that my wife to have
her first Choice and my Children thence to have their several choices by
Ballott and also will that all my Debts Due me by Bond note or open *ut
[letter in margin can't be read] be  collected as soon as may be and
applied to the use of my wife and Children and lastly I Nominate and
appoint my beloved wife my Executrix and Philip Meroney, Zachariah
Harman & James Taylor to be my Executors of this my Last will and
testament Revoking and making void all wills heretofore by me made in
testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of
February 1795
Signed sealed & Delivered in Presence}     Signed  Philip Taylor  {Seal}
of us the Subscribers and at the          }
Request of the Testator ___
Othos Patterson  X
Geo. Lucas Jun'r  X
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Moses Teague Will dated March 31, 1786 - Proved, Aug. Court, 1799
Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A (1798-1819) Pg. 145
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

March 31st, 1786
In the name of God Amen. I Moses Teague of Chatham County and State of
North Carolina being weak and crazy in body but in perfect mind and
memory, thanks be to God. And calling to mind the mortality of my body
and knowing that it is appointed for all me to die. Do make and ordain
this my last will and Testament, which is to say first and principally
of all I give and recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body I
recommend to the Earth to burial in decent and Christian manner at the
discretion of my Executors hereafter named, and as touching such
earthly? estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with my life I desire
and dispose of the same in the manner and form following.
Item. I give and bequeath to my loving wife Rachael Teague one feather
bed and furniture and all the pewter there is, one pot one little Chest?
and one large. Ditto two cows and Calves one horse, saddle and Bridle
which Horse she shall choose. One plow crop? and guns, my negro man
Abraham, as long as she lives. And her third of what shall remain of my
Estate. I give and bequeath to my son David Teague the land I now live
on and after his mothers death my negro man Abraham . I give and
bequeath to my children, Moses, Liga (Elijah?), Isabel Willborn?,
Abraham Teague, Isaac Teague, Jacob Teague, William Teague, Elizabeth
Johnston, Susannah Marley, Hannah Horniday, David Teague, and
Charrint/Chaerint/Cherrial? Ray, the rest of my Estate after the afore mentioned
legacy to my Wife, Rachael and my son David is taken out to be equally
divided amongst them. I whereby utterly disallow and make void all other
Wills or Testaments heretofore made by me proclaiming this and this
alone to be my last Will and Testament. And I do hereby nominate
constitute and appoint my wife Rachael Teague and David Teague Executors
of this my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have set my hand
and seal the year and date first above written.
                Moses Teague   {Seal}
Test.
Jacob Teague
                Proved by Jacob Teague at Aug. Court 1799
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Samuel Temple Will, dated January 15, 1784, no probate date.

Chatham Co., NC, Record of Wills and Estates, Vol. 1, pg. 22(b), 23
NC State Archives film # C022.50001

I Samuel Temple of Chatham County in the State of North Carolina being
Sick and Weak but of sound mind and memory do make this my last Will
and Testament in manner and form following____
Imprimis I recommend my soul to the Mercy of my Creator not doubting
but he will dispose of it as best suits his godly wisdom and also the
worldly goods it has pleased God to Bless me with I Will that they be
disposed of in manner and form following (To Wit)
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel Temple his heirs and
assigns the Land and plantation whereon I now live Containing one
hundred and fifty acres but if he should die without Lawfull Issue that
it be then sold for t best price that may be had and the money arising
from the sale be Equally divided among the rest of my Children and
their Heirs I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Martha Brooks one
negro Woman named Charity she or her Heirs being subject to pay the
sum of Seventy pounds to be Equally Divided among the rest of my
Children or their Heirs my Daughter Ruth Excepted__
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ruth Temple one negro woman named
Jena (?) to her and her Heirs and assigns for her full portion and
share of my Estate__ My Will and desire further is that all the rest f
my Estate both real and personal be valued by Indifferent person to be
Chosen by my Executors hereafter to be named and Equally divided
agreeable to such valuation Between my Children (To Wit)
Benjamin, Statia, Mary, Foreby and Elizabeth after paying my son
Samuell Twenty pounds out of the whole amount of the valuation ___
and I do hereby Constitute and appoint my trusty friend Thomas Beal and
my son in law Thomas Brooks Executors of this my Last Will and
Testament
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th Day
of January 1784
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the
Testator in presence of.....

Thomas (his "B" mark) Beal
John Thompson        Signed Samuell (his ".I" mark) Temple
A Copy Test John Ramsey C. C.
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Will of Simon Thomison - 1784 - Chatham Co., NC
Vol. 1, pg. 20, 20a   NC State Archives Film # C.022.50001

Whereas I Simon Thomison in the State of North Carolina Chatham county
taking into consideration the great uncertainty of life & certainty of
death at one time or other do therefore think fit to leave behind me the
following lines as my last will and Testament principally and first of
all committing my soull unto the Lord & my body to the Earth to be
Burried in a Christian manner at the direction of my Executors hereafter
named and as touching my worldly Estate where with I am possessed I
dispose of the same in the following manner and form as Vizt:   I
acknowledge myself to be in my proper senses now at this time I leave my
Lands and all moveables to be sold at public vendue excepting slaves I
give to my Daughter Marg't Brooks- Frank and Mary & their Increase to
her her life time & her children forever
I give to my grandson Simon Brooks- Fillis & her increase to him and his
Heirs forever I give to my son Richard Thomison- Dublin and Ephraim
 I give to my son William Thomison Judith and James
I leave my Executors to pay my son William Thomison Seventy five pounds
and to pay all my just debts and if any over to be equally divided
amongst the children above mentioned  In case my son John Thomison
should appear the above mentioned three children shall pay the said John
Seventy five pounds Each
I leave Thomas Stanton & Peter MacKinzie Executors to this Will as
witness my hand & seal this 28th day of Septm'r 1784
                                Signed Simon ( his  L  mark)
Thomison     {Seal}
Witness Present
Alexander Wilkins
William Moody
William (his  W mark) Stanton
        Proved November Sessions 1784 by the Oath of Alexander Wilkins
            A Copy Test  John Ramsey C.C.
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Chatham Co. Record of Estates
1782-1799, Vol. 1, pg. 34, 34 a
NC State Archives film #
C.022.5001
( I have kept the spelling and punctuation, capitalization, etc. as
close as possible to the original)

Will of Hannah Thompson- 7 Sept. 1784
In the name of God Amen. I Hannah Thompson of Chatham County in the
State of North carolina; being sick and indisposed in my body; but, yet
of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my Body
do make and constitute this my last Will and Testament. In the first
place I resign my soul to God that gave it and my Body to the grave to
be buried in a christian manner at the discretion of my Executors and
touching what worldly goods it hath please God to bless me with it is
my Will that they be disposed of in the following manner, that is to
say, I give and bequeath unto my Eldest and well beloved son John
Thompson the sum of Twenty shillings lawful money of this state.
2ndly I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Balaam Thompson the
like sum of Twenty shillings lawful money.
thirdly I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved daughter Shusanna
Kendrick and her Husband the like sum of Twenty Shillings- fourthly I
give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved daughter Mary Self and her
Husband the like sum of Twenty Shillings- fifthly I give and bequeath
unto my dearly beloved daughter Sarah Terryll and her Husband the
like sum of Twenty Shillings - sixthly, I give and bequeath unto my
dearly beloved Daughter Hannah Terryl and her Husband the like sum of
Twenty shillings- Seventhly I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved
daughter Ann Kendick and her Husband one negro Boy called Lamb
Eighthly I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son William Thompson
one negro woman called Jean with her child called Currituck, also all
my stock and household furniture with the whole residue of my estate
after the foregoing legacies are paid, He my said son William being
subject to pay out of his part a certain Debt which I owe the Estate of
my late Husband William Thompson deceased Lastly, I do hereby
constitute and appoint my two sons John Thompson and Balaam Thompson my
whole and sole executors of this my last Will and Testament & witness
whereof I have set my hand and seal this seventh day of September in
the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty four -1784
Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us
Mourning Hubbard (her mark)
John Montgomery Signed Hannah thompson (her mark "H")
A Copy Test John Ramsey C.C.
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John Thompson Will - dated 1808 - proved 1811
Chatham Co. Record of Estates Vol. A
NCSA film # 022.80001
pg. 161

In the name of God, Amen, I John Thompson of the county of Chatham do
make and publish the following to be my last will & testament. My Will
is the Tract of land of about one hundred acres whereon I now live shall
on my death remain in the possession of my wife to her use and benefit
for and during her life for the purpose of maintaining her & raising and
educating my children who while they are single and my remain with her.
I also lend to my loving wife during her life my Two Negroes (to wit) a
Girl named Jean and a Man named Jack during her life. I also give to my
wife all the horses, cattle, hogs, & stock of every kind that I may
possess or own at my death.
Also all the crop and provisions, that may be on hand; all the household
and kitchen furniture and farming utensils.
My will further is that Jenny/Jerry? the child of my daughter Martha
dec'd remain as one of my family. that  he have one years schooling and
that he then be bound out to some train. My will further is that my
tract of land of about 350 acres joining Capt. Smith's and Catharine
Sinclair lands and all my personal property not herein bequeathed be
sold on  a credit at the discretion of executors hereafter named who, or
either of them. I do hereby authorize and empower to make a deed or
deed's of conveyance of the same and the amount of such sales together
with the debts that my be due to me shall after paying my debts and
necessary charges: be applied as follows-
First, to give on years schooling to my younger children out of such
amount and the aforementioned child Jerry and that the remainder of such
amounts be divided equally among all my children that my be then living,
in case of death, then lawful issues.
My will further is that a division of such remainder shall take place as
soon as the amount thereof can be ascertained and in a situation to be
divided and that the shares of each child receptively shall be paid to
them by my Executors at the age of twenty one years or to my daughters
at their marriage and that the parts or shares of the younger children
shall be put to interest by my executors until such child or children
shall arrive at twenty one years or until their marriages a aforesaid.
My will further is that if my Wife should die before my youngest child
still living shall have attained the age of Fifteen years then in that
event the aforesaid Negroes Jean & Jack shall be hired and the land
whereon I lived rented by my executors which hire and rent shall be
annually applied to and for the use and benefit of such of my children
as shall be under the age of Fifteen. 'till they arrive unto that age
and no longer: and when the youngest shall arrive at that age (if my
wife shall not then be living) or if she is then at her death. my will
is that the said Jean and her increase and the said Jack and this tract
of land whereon I now live shall be sold on a credit at the discretion
of my executors and that amount equally divided among all my children
that may then be living or their lawful issue. My will is that my
Executors pay to John Green the sum of Ten pounds which sum is to be
deducted from the part of my son Williams. Lastly I nominate my Friends
Murdock McKenzie, Esq. of Chatham & Jac'n McBryd of Moore County the
Exectr's. of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I
hereunto set my hand seal this 3rd day of June Anno Domini 1808
                Jno Thompson {Seal}
Signed Sealed, Published & declared by Jno Thompson to be his last will
& testament in presons of us
A. McBryan
Shadrack (his "8" mark) Weaver
                                proved May 1811 by Shadrack Weaver
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John Vandeford Will, dated January 28, 1792 no probate date given
Chatham Co., NC Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pp 40 (b)
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

In the name of god amen I John Vandeford of Chatham County being very
sick but of sound memory thanks be to god for it Calling to mind the
mortality of my Body & being that it is appointed for all men once to
die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament disannulling all
others besides this and as touching such worldly Estate as it has
please god to bless me with in this life do give and bequeathe as
followith that is to say first__
I lend unto my well beloved Wife Menta? Vandeford my Land and living of
every kind during her natural life to raise her Children on in plenty
at her discression except she marry and if she marry to be divested of
all but a Childs part and at the decease of my Wife all that is left of
my Estate with the Increase of the same to be equally divided among all
my Children namely Ruth, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Salley, Ann, Hanner,
William, Eli, & Susanah and if any of my Children dies in their non age
then their parts to be equally divided among all the rest of my
Children Mary has received as follows on feather bed Two Sheets Bedsten
and two pellers also 1 Blanket and bed quilt the bed 30 Weight Two
puter plates 1 potte Bason which is to be deducted out of her part when
the division is made
In Witness hereof I have hereunto Set my hand and fix'd my Seal this
28th day of Jan'ry 1792 Syned sealed & published in presents of & I
hereby appoint Minta Vandeford and Edm'd Waddill Exc'r to this my Last
Will & Testament
Isaac Teague
James (his I mark) Deaton Senr
Syned John Vandeford {Seal}
A Copy Test
John Ramsey, C. C.
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N.C. Record of Wills, NC State Archives film #C.022.8001
Vol. B (1818-1833)

Will of David Vestal 6 Aug., 1828

"In the Name of God Amen I David Vestal of the State of North Carolina and
Chatham County being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God do
this sixth day of August in the year of our Lord 1828 make and publish this my
last Will and testament in manner following that is to say, first I give and
bequeath unto my wife Sophia all the perishable property at her disposal which
is not hereafter excepted ...her? in possession of the plantation where I now
live as long as she remains my widow or untill it is named who is to the
charge thereof also 100 dollars in cash for the support of her and family
2nd I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susan Dorsett ten dollars. 3rd I
give and bequeath unto my two sons Andrew and Price Vestal the Mill and
Land adjoining of said Mill belonging to me to say each one to have one half
provided they pay to Calvin six hundred dollars 300 each to pay him at the age
of 21.
4th Sally and Austin P. Vestal to be made equal with Susan out of my stock
now on hand it is also my will that after all my just debts is paid and the
girls made equal the Remainder be equally divided Between all my heirs. 5th I
give and bequeath unto my son Calvin Vestal the tract of Land I bought of
Benoni Price and forty four acres adjoining it on the south side. 5th I give
and bequeath unto my son William H. Vestal the Remainder of my lands and
farming tools my waggon and other tools thereon where I now live for him to
have possession at the age of 21 and to have the charge thereof and is bound
to maintain his Mother as long as she remains my widow, her to have the
priveledge in the house with him it is also my Will that My Executor sell such
things as he may think to be an advantage to the estate and such as is
not needed in the support of the family and I hereby make and ordain my
Worthy__________( the name is not given and there is a blank space)   Executor
of this my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I the said David Vestal
have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year
above written.

Signed sealed published and delivered by the said David Vestal the testator as
his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who were present at the time
of signing and sealing thereof

                        David Vestal {Seal}

The foregoing last Will and testament of David Vestal was exhibited in open
Court at November Session 1828 and proved to be in the hand writing of the
said David Vestal by the Oath of William Albright John Vestal Andrew McMasters
and John Culberson.
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Thomas Vestal Will- 22 July 1807
Chatham Co. Wills, Vol. A, pg. 237, 237(a)
NC State Archives, film # C.022.8001

I Thomas Vestal of Chatham County and State of North Carolina being
(favoured?) with health and memory but knowing that it is appointed for
all men to die. I do make this my last Will and Testament touching
such worldly estate and hath pleased God to bless me with.
I give devise and dispose of the same in following form. I ordain,
constitute appoint my truly friend William Vestal and William Marshall
to be my only and sole executors of this my last Will and Testament,
allowing my Last debts & funeral charges to be first paid, out of my
estate.
First, I give unto Elizabeth my dear Wife, one fine chest, one feather
Bed & furniture 2 Puter dishes 2 puter basons, half dozen Puter plates,
two Pots, one oven, one spinning wheel, one fring (frying) pan, one
Main? sadle and bridle, two Cows & Calves two spotted? hogs and fifty
pounds in money to be her own. And likewise I give her that part of the
plantation we live on with House and Orchard during her life time or
widowhood. And I giver her the privilege of the household furniture
while a widow. And the Land I now live on I leave between David and
Silas Vestal that is to leave/have ? (this phrase doesn't make sense)
Silas' run Forty rod from his Northeast corner, North then West
Fifty two rods then North to divide line and to all the bottom on the
East ( above this is written in tiny script "side or line of Ruffy
River? - very hard to read), from one dividing line to the other, to
him and his heirs forever . And the rest of the said land I give to
David my son to him and his heirs, forever. And the rest of my estate
I leave to be to be equally divided among my Ten children or to their
heirs if dead.
And I leave my close to be divided among my sons and William is to have
the big Bible and the Howe. I request that my Executors of this my last
Will and Testament to act in place or in my stead as Trustees of the
whole charge. And I request them to discharge their Trust faithfully.
In witness and testimony whereof I have set my hand & affixed my seal
this 22nd day of the 7 Month 1807.
Test.
Nathan Vestal Thomas Vestal {Seal}
Isaac Hobren? Proved August Session 1813 by Nathan Vestal Isaac Hobren?

(Comment- Thomas was a Quaker- Notice the lack, of swearing, in the name
of God and the way the date is given.)
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William Vestal Will - Chatham Co., NC Wills, Vol. A (1798-1819), pg.
47, 47a
NC State Archives Film # C022.80001

( William Vestal is a Quaker)

" I William Vestal of Chatham County, in the State of North Carolina this
seventh day of Fifth Month called May in the year of Our Lord One Thousand
Seven Hundred & Eighty Seven being weak in body but of perfect sence and
memory Blessed be God and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to
die I do make this my last will and testament Touching such worldly estate
wherein it hath pleased go to bless me with. I give devise and dispose of
in the following manner and form, first I ordain constitute and appoint my
trusty friends and brothers Thomas & David Vestal to be my only and sole
executors of this my last will and testament allowing my funeral charges
and just debts to be first paid out of my estate. I give and devise unto
the heir [ does not say heirs ] of John Vestal, dec'd estate the sum of
five shillings. I give and devise unto James Vestal the sum of five
shillings I give and devise unto David Vestal the sum of five shillings
all my land whereon I now live being two [? I think it is two] hundred and
five acres more or less I give and devise one hundred two [ here again, I
think it is two, it looks more like towe] acres  & half to Thomas Vestal
my brother and one hundred two acres & half to William Vestal son of the
said Thomas Vestal to be freely possessed and enjoyed by them their heirs
and assigns forever provided the said Thomas Vestal will and do pay out of
his own estate the sum of twenty pounds, ten pounds, ten pounds to William
Vestal son of James Vestal and ten pounds to Nathan Vestal son of David
Vestal. I do give and devise unto Daniel and Nathan Vestal the sons of
David Vestal the sum of thirty pounds to be divided between them twenty
pound to Daniel and ten to Nathan Vestal. I likewise give and devise to
my three sisters the sum of twenty shillings to each, and all the
remainder of my estate I leave to be equally divided between the
children that are not legatees of my three brothers, viz. Thomas, James
David Vestal Children In witness and testimony whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal the day & year above written  Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of us

William Vestal
Stephen Hobson
Jacob Doane - Jurat
John Vestal
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