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Willoughby Basnett
Jan. 8, 1822; May Term 1822
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, pp. 134-136

Be it remembered that I Willoughby BASNETT of Cape Hatteras Banks in the County of Currituck and State of N. Carolina being very sick and weak in body though in perfect mind and memory thanks be given to almighty God, calling to mind the mortality of the body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die—do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament Viz. Principally and first of all, I gave and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it nothing doubting a the general reserection but I shall receive the same again my body I gave and recommend to the durt to be buried in deceant christain burial at the discreation of my executors & as touching such wourldly estate as God hath been pleased to bless me with in this life I gave and dispose of in the following manner.

That is to say, Principally and first of all I gave and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Mary BASNETT my dwelling house & fifty acres of land on which it stands together with all my out houses premisses and tenaments of every description then and there to have full and quiet possatian of the same untill my Daughter Polly L. BASNETT shall arrive at the mature age of twenty one years and then it is my wish that my beloved Wife Mary BASNETT shall still have full possation of my dwelling house during her widowhood and in case of my Wifes marriage then it is my wish that my Daughter Polly L. BASNETT may have full possation of all my dwellings, than it is my request that my beloved Wife Mary BASNETT shall have from my stock of cattle four head, one brind cow & yearling & two –two stears now bearing the stock mark of my Father Robert BASNETT dec. Three head of cattle I gave and bequeath unto my Daughter Polly L. BASNETT viz. one dark brind cow and yearling and one pide heifer being in the stock mark of my Father, also I give unto my Wife Mary BASNETT one bed and furniture the bedstead being ash, this together with one sorrel horse with bridle and saddle . To my Daughter Polly L. BASNETT I gave and bequeath one bed & firnature with my old red mare & yearling also with one young mare with a blze face. I lend unto my Daughter Sabra WILLIAMS sixty three & one third acres of land whereon she now lives this after her decease to her heirs forever. One black cow and yearling together with one feather bead & firnature belonging to it this with five head of ewe sheep one bay mare I request to be sold together with all such property as my executors may think unbeneficial to my Wife or Daughter and that all my just debts may be paid out of such money and the surplus if any to be laid out in necessary in order to support my Wife and Daughter. It is my request that the remains of my stock together with all my moveable property bouth in doorse and out doors to be equally divided between my Wife and Daughter at my Daughters arrival at the age of twenty one years. I also constitute make ordain and appoint my true and worthy friends Wallace STYRON & Jabey JINNETT my executors to this my Last Will and Testament and do hereby disalow revoke and disannull all and every other testament leggacy bequeast executors by me in any way named willed and bequathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will land Testament. In witness whare of I have here unto set my hand and seal this the eighth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two. Sealed signed and published in the presence of us witnesses.
        /s/ Willoughby BASNETT     seal

W. STYRON jurat

Recorded and examined Feby. 19th 1822

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