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Peter Ballentine
May 22, 1771; Nov. 24, 1771
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, pp. 63-64

[Note: The original page numbers are 61 & 62 but off to the side in modern script is written 63 & 64. J.M.B.]

North Carolina
Currituck County

At an Inferior Court of Pleas and Quarter Session held at the Courthouse in Currituck on the first Tuesday in September Anno Domini.

Present His Majesties Justices

The Last Will and Testament of Peter BALLENTINE , Phillip (torn off) and John WHEATLEY deceased having bin then and there in open Court exhibited proved and the consective executors n execr (rest torn off) qualified in due form of Law the wills ordered to be rec (torn off) followeth viz.

In the name of God Amen I Peter BALLENTINE being sick and week of body but of a sound disposing mind and memory Than (torn off) the Almighty God ???? and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this present life and that all men must yield to death when it pleases God to call them therefore commend my soul in the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to be buried at the discretion of my executors and as for what and concerning what world goods I have I give and bequeath as followeth.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Wife Sarah BALLENTINE two feather beds and furniture, three cows and calfs one case of knives and forks my largest iron pott and hooks one horse called Dolphin one mare colt half dozin of chairs three high ones and three low likewise as maney hogs as (torn off) ????? (faded out) to make her meat this year for her and children with two sows and pigges and half doz. of spoons half doz. pewter plates and 2 pewter bassons

Item: I give my beloved Wife Sarah BALLENTINE the use and labor of one negroe girl called China during her natural life and afterwards to my Son Peter BALLENTINE with all her increas to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Joseph BALLENTINE one white mare called Pigeon and likewise my bridle and saddle one gun and swoard one chest of draws one large chest ??? and my wearing cloaths two pair of silver buckells and the other knee buckells two gold rings and pair of gold sleave buttons four pewter plates half of doz. of spoons and case of knives and forks one middle sise(sic) iron pot hooks and thammels and hand mill 3 cows and calves one half doz. of large barrows and three sows and pigs one grindstone one ???? feather bed and furniture two weading hoes one plow two club axes and all my cydar casks one hand saw 1 carpenters abdz.

Item: I give unto my said Son Joseph BALLENTINE one negroe man called Jack but if my said Son should Joseph BALLENTINE should die in his nonage and without issue then my will and desire is that the said negroe is sold be equally divided amongst the rest of my siviving childrenn

Item: I give unto my beloved Wife Sarah BALLENTINE one womans saddle and likewise two gold rings one pair of silver sleeve buttons with stone in them 1 chest one box iron and heaters

Item: I give unto my beloved Son David BALLENTINE 1 small feather bed and furnature

Item: I do leave all the remainder of my estate to be sold at publick sale with twelve months credite the purchaser giving bond with security to my executors and the money ????? there from to be equealy divided amongst my four youngest childreen that is to say David BALLENTINE, Peter BALLENTINE, James BALLENTINE and Sarah BALLENTINE.

And I do hereby revoking, disanull all other wills by me heretofore made acknowledge and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament I do likewise nominate constitute and ordain and appoint my beloved Wife Sarah BALLENTINE , Josiah BOWREN, and James BURNHAM my whole and sole executors to this my Last Will perform'd as witness my hand this 22 day of May 1771


    James BURNHAM
    Simeon JARVISE
    Willis BRIGHT
    his + mark

Recorded and examined
the 24th day of Nov. 1771

This will was contributed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. If you find anything in these records that pertains to your families, it is strongly suggested that you look at the original record on your own to check for errors or possibly other additional and helpful information. Thank you!




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