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William Ballance, Sr.
Dec. 12, 1795; Dec. 14, 1795
Currituck Co. Will Book 2, pp. 90-92
In the name of God Amen, the twelveth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five. I William BALLANCE of North Carolina in the County of Currituck aforesaid Planter, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortallity of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that give it and body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent and christain manner at discrestion of my executors nothing doubting but at that general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God and touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form--------
I leave one hundred acres of land laying at the end of the hills near Hatteras Inlet to be sold at publick auction and one half of the money arrising from the sale of sd. land to goe in discharge of my debts and the other half to be equally divided amongst all my children.
I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved Wife Barbara BALLANCE seventy acres of land out of the same tract during my Wife widowhood.
I give and bequeath to my Son William BALLANCE one hundred acres of land joining of my Son John BALLANCE land that I before gave him a deed for.
I give and bequeath unto my Son Caleb BALLANCE one hundred acres of land joining my Son William BALLANCE
I give unto my Son Aron BALLANCE one hundred acres of land joining my Son Caleb BALLANCE
I give unto my Son Wallace BALLANCE one hundred acres of land joining my Son Aron BALLANCE
I give unto my Son Joshua BALLANCE one hundred acres of land joining my Son Wallace BALLANCE
I give unto my Son Laban BALLANCE the housing and plantation whereon I now live resarve that my Wife Barbara BALLANCE is not by him to be interrupted in respecting the housing or lands during her widowhood.
I give and bequeath unto my Wife Barbara BALLANCE my smallest peteager during her widowhood and my largest pereager to be sold at publick auction and the money arising from the sale to be eqully divided amongst all my children.
I give all my movealbel estate with in doors and without doors to my Wife Barbara BALLANCE during her widowhood resarved I give unto my two Daughters Barbara BALLANCE and Cortana BALLANCE each of them one feather bed and furniture.
I give unto my Son Thomas BALLANCE twenty two acres of land joining on the land whereon Thomas BALLANCE now lives.
I leave one hundred acres of land situate in old Currituck to be sold at publick auction one half to my Wife of the money arising from the sale of said land during her widowhood and the other half to be equally divided amongst all my children
I likewise leave twenty five acres of land that I bought of Jesse JENNET on the Cape to be sold at publick auction.
Personally appeared before me this fourtenth day of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety five William ROLINSON and William QUIDLEY, SEN. and made oath on the holy evengalist of Almighty God that this instrument of writing is just and true and that it was the Last Will and desire of William BALLANCE SEN. and that he was in his proper senses.
Sworn before me this 14th day of December 1795
Major CLARK JP
Recorded and examined this 26th day of August 1796
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