Will of William Ainsworth - 1757
Contributed by Barbara Montgomery
April 04, 2002

In the name of God Amen, this 30th day of Dec, in the year of our Lord 1757 I William Ainsworth Sr, 
of Cumberland County in the Province of North Carolina, being of good health and body & of sound mind & 
perfect memory.  Thanks be given unto Almighty God for it.  But knowing the transitory of this mortal life 
and knowing that all men are born to Die do make this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following.  
First I give my soul to God who gave it in sure and certain of a joyful resurrection at the last day an My 
Body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor in a Christian Manner.  And as for 
what it has pleased Almighty God to be bless and endow one with.  I give & bequeath in manner and form 
following Item.  I give and bequeath to my beloved Son William Ainsworth the upper part of my land above the 
plantation beginning at the mouth (?) of a Bottom upon the River side (?) ___ing  a crop the said land by a 
line of marked trees.  Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Leven Ainsworth; the plantation land 
whereon I now live beginning at the river by a line of marked trees running across (?) the said land to a 
Wolf Pit (?).  Item I give and bequeath to my beloved son James Patterson Ainsworth the remainder part of 
the said land down the said River from the said line of marked trees down to the first ____ tree.  And as 
far as my personal estate which it hath pleased God to endow me with I give unto my beloved wife Jeannette 
Ainsworth during her life after all debts due and demands are paid and after her death to be equally divided 
between all my children & I make My beloved wife & My Son Leven Ainsworth My whole and sole executors of this 
my Last Will & Testament, disannulling and making void all other Wills & Testaments before made and all manner 
of writings, disannulling & making them void owning this to be my Last Will & Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 30th day of December in the year of our Lord Christ 

Signed, Sealed & delivered in presence of William Ainsworth
	E. Richards
	Thomas Collins
	James Barton
January Court of 1760.  This was the writte will proved in Open court by the Oath of Thomas Collins Esq'r 
and admitted to record, Recordes in the minutes of said Court by Richard Grove c.c.

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