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John Ansell
April 6, 1753; March Court 1755
Secretary of State Original Wills, NC 1663-1789

In the name of God, Amen. I John ANSELL of nots iland being thro the abundant Mercy and Goodness of God, tho weak in Body, yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory, do constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament, and desire it may be received by all as such:
Imprimis, I most humbly bequeath my soul to God, my Maker, beseeching his most gracious Acceptance of it, thro the all omnscient[?] Merits and mediation of my most Compassionate Redeemer Jesus Christ, who gave himself uttermost, all that come into God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make Intercession for them and who, I trust will not reject me, a returning penitent sinner, when I come to him for mercy; in this hope and Confidence I render up my Soul with Comfort, humbly beseeching the most blessed and glorious Trinity, one God most holy, most merciful and gracious, to prepare me for the time of my Dissolution and then to take me to himself into that Peace and Rest and incomparable Felicity, which he has prepared for all that love and fear his holy Name, Amen, blessed be God.
Imprimis, I give my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken, in full assurance of its Resurrection from thence at the last Day; As for my Burial, I desire it may be decent without Pomp or State, at the Discretion of my Executor hereafter named, who I doubt not will manage it with all requisite Prudence. As to my worldly Estate, I will and positively order that all my Debts be paid.

Item. I give to my son John ANSELL one negro fellow named Joe. I give to my son John one fether bed and covering thereunto. I give to my son John one doster all this I give to him and his eares for ever.

I do give to my dearly beloved wife one Negro fellow named Will and one negro wench named Rose during Life and after her Death I do give the abovementioned negro Will to my son William ANSELL & after my son William's Death I do give the sd. negro fellow to my Grandson James Ansell.

Item. I do give to my son Nathan ANSELL one negro Boy named Mingo & one Bed & covering.

I do give to my Daughter Mary one Negro wench named black Saree & all her increase for ever except what is now in being.

I do give to my Daughter Sarah's children five head of Cattle & four head of sheep and all the Increase and one Bed one Rugg a pair of sheets and one bolster.

I do give to my son Caleb ANSELL the Plantation which I now live upon together with one Negro fellow named Jacob & one Bed & covering.

I do give to my wife one Bed & Covering.

I do give to my Daughter Letasha one Negro Girl named Esther & all her Increase for ever together with one Bed & covering.

I do give to my Son William five head of Cattle & four head of Sheep.

I do leave the cartmill & Petty-augur for the use of the two Plantations.

I do give to my Daughter Mary one Iron Pott one Chest called Job's Chest.

Item. I do give to my Daughter Letessha one Iron Pott one Chest known by the name of [faded] Chest.

I do give to my Son John one oval Table pair of Curtains & Vallence five head of Cattle & four head of Sheep.

I do give to my Daughter Letessha one spice mortar & pestel.

I do give to my Son William that Bed which he has got now in his own Possession with one Rug & pair of Sheets;

I do give to my dear Wife all my Hogs & one riding horse Called Pleasant & one side Saddle, during her life & after her Death I do order my Daughter Mary to have the side saddle, & also my Son Caleb to have the horse called Pleasant after his mother's Death,

I do give my dear Wife a full Priviledge over my Plantation & woodland Ground likewise all the money that she now owns and all she get hereafter to be at her own Disposal without being molested by any body; and the rest of my Estate to be Equally Divided among my dear wife and six Children,

I do give to my Son John one negro wench called old Rose that is after my wife's Death, I desire likewise if them negroes which I am now at Law for, be ever recovered that my Son John may have one fellow named Jesper and all the rest to be equally Divided among my six Children and my dear Wife,

I do give to my Daughter Mary one old mare called Phillis, I order also my Daughter Letessha to have the first fole that the mare brings finally I do give to my Son John ANSELL one two year old Stallion to him for ever now I do constitute and ordain and appoint my Son John whole & sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament and trustee for my dear Wife and Children.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 6th Day of April in the year of our Lord 1753.

Here I take of my seal and do declare and pronounce this to be my Last Will and Testament.

John ANSELL

Caleb WHITE
Joshua WHITE
Paul ELISON

North Carolina
Currituck County
March County Court Anno. Dom. 1755
Present His Majesties Justices

These may certifie that Paul ELLISON and Joshua WHITE appeared In open Court and made oath that they were present and saw John ANSELL sign seal publish and Declare the within writing to be and Contain His Last will and Testament and that the said John was then and at that time of Sound & Disposing Memory and that they saw Caleb WHITE the other subscribing Evidence sign His name thereto at the same time then John ANSELL sole Executor appeared and took the Executors oath in Due form of Law ordered that the Honourable James MURRAY Secretary of said province Have Notice thereof that Letters Testamentary Issue thereon as the Law Directs.
Test William SHERGOLD CC

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