Will of Archibald Black - 1792
Contributed by Steve Edgerton
February 08, 2004


"In the name of God Amen, I Archibald Black of the county of Cumberland 
and State of North Carolina being very sick and weak of Body but of 
perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given unto God; calling into mind the 
mortality of my body, and knowing that is is appointed for all men once 
to die, do make & ordain this my last Will and testament; that is to say 
principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand 
of Almighty God who gave it, and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be 
buried in a decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors: 
Nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the 
same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such wordly [sic] 
estate wherewith it has pleased God to blefs me in this Life, I give, 
demise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
First, I give and bequeath to Christian my beloved Wife a third part of 
the Cattle, the Sheep, and the Hogs, likewise pofsefsion of the Field 
and Buildings for Life
Secondly – I bequeath to my Son Malcom a Bond of sixty Pounds signed by 
Neill McCrannie.
Thirdly, I bequeath to my Son Donald a Fifty Acres Joining the 
plantation on the North Side.
Fourthly, I bequeath to my Son Angus Fifty Acres of Land Joining the 
plantation on the East side with the buildings thereof.
Fifthly, I bequeath to my Son John the plantation with the Utensils 
thereunto belonging
The remaining part of the Catle, one Mare, and one year old to be 
equally divided among my children. Likewise the Negroe Fellow after my 
Wife's Decease to be sold, and the value of him to be equally divided 
among my children.
And I hereby constitute and appoint my Loving brother Hugh Black, and my 
trusty friend Angus McNicol the sole and whole Executors of this my last 
Will and Testament; In witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and 
Seal the 8th day of February 1792."

Archibald [his X mark] Black

Signd Seald ratifyed and confirmed
in the presence of
John Stewart
Farquhard Bethune

[This Archibald Black is reputed to be the brother of Kenneth Black of 
Moore County, NC.}

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