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Solomon Ashbee
May 6, 1773; June 10, 1774
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, pp. 81-82

In the name of God Amen, The sixth day of May in the year of our Lord 1773 I Solomon ASHBEE in the County of Currituck Planter, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say, First of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a christain like manner at the descreation of my executor nothing doubting but at the general resurection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose in manner and form following-------

Imprimise: I give and bequeath to Elisabeth my Dear beloved Wife one young mare a large pewter dish one pyde (sic) yearling and all the money by me and the one third of all my lands stock and furniture and also the old black horse for plantation use and all the corne porke for the house use for work people and the childrenn that young.

Item: I give to my well beloved Son Abel the plantation where on I now live and 1/3 part and my Son Abels 1/3 of schooner Profits to defray the expences of the building of the new house and one bed called kedicks.

Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son Solomon a piece of land containing 230 acres on the west side of the Island more or less a piece on Spencer Point containing 50 acres more or less and one bed called by the name of your bed.

Item: I give to my beloved Daughter Keziah one feather bed that she has got at home.

Item: I give to my Daughter Elizabeth one bed called by the name of Old Jonathans bed at her Mothers decease.

Item: I give my Grand Daughter Eliz. CHAPLAIN one feather bed called her mothers bed one spinning wheal one gold ring and all the sheep I gave in her marke and their increase.

Item: I give to my Son in Law William CHAPLIN one shilling

Item: I give to my beloved Wife the small boat for her lifetime and at her decease to my two Daughters Keziah and Eliz. and what I give to my Grand Daughter Eliz. my wife to keep in her hands tell the girl come of age but if my wife should die I appoint my Son ABEL and the Myrtle wax in the house to buy the little boat a sail.

Item: I give and bequeath all my stock and furniture to be equeally divided amongst my four childrenn Abel, Solomon, Keziah and Elisabeth and my Sons and Daughter Keziah to take three parts at there own time of the stock and furniture.

Item: I appoint my Son Abel my sole executor and the bed ticks to my wife.

Solomon ASHBEE
his mark

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Solomon ASHBEE as his Last Will and testament in the presence of the subscribers-------

Witness Present
    Stephen WESTCOAT    his mark
    Jacob C. BEESLY          his mark
    Sampson DOW               his mark

Recorded and Examined
10th June 1774

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