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John Bell
April 16, 1706
Chowan County, NC Miscellaneous Papers 1685-1741
C.024.99002
Vol. 1, p. 33
(Note the unusual location of this will).

In the Name of God amen the Sixteen Day of Aprill anno Dom 1706
I John BELL of the Precinct of Corahtuck in North Carolina being very sick and Weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given to Almighty God and calling to minde the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointon for all men once to Dye do make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament (that is to say) Principally and first of all I Give and recommend my Soule into the Hands of God that Gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be bured in Decent Christian Burial att the Discretion of my Executrix nothing doubting but at the General Resurection I shall receive the same againe by the mighty Power of God. And as touching such Worldly Estats as herewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this Life, I give devise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and forme.

Imprimis I Give and bequeth to Margrett My Dearly beloved Wife all my personall Estate Boath moveable and immoveable to be by her used and Disposed by her at her free will and pleasure During her Naturall Life in order to maintain her Except those legacies that I shall give to my Children hereafter named and after her decease my will and Desire is that my Loving Son William BELL shall have one third part of my Estate that shall be or Remain after my wifes Decease as afore said the which I freely give to him and the heirs of his body and one third part of my estate remain after my wifes Decease I give and bequeath to my Daughter Margrett RUSSELL and the heirs of her body and the other third part my will and Desire is that my Loving wife shall have the Disposall there of to whom she pleases ether by will of leagall forme or Deed of Gift.

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Loving Son Will BELL one Ewe with all her Increas and to my Loving Daughter Margrett RUSSELL I give and bequeath one Ewe and all her Increas. Also my will and desire is that in case my Loving wife Doe marrie that then her husband and she Do Remaine upon my now Dwelling Plantacon During her Naturall Life and Injoy the Same with all the Rights & Priveledges in as Larg (?) and ample manner as She Did in my Life time but in case my Wife marry and will not Live and Dwell upon my Plantacon afore said but move to some other Plantacon in order to Dwell then that then She nor her husband Shall not Medel Remove nor transport any of my Estate from my now Dweling Plantation Except one third part thereof that Shall then Remaine and found (?) to be my Personall Estate the Remaining to thirds to be Devided between my two Children afore Named and to be by them freely Possessed and Injoyed in fini I Constitute make and ordain my Dearly beloved Wife Margrett my Whole only and Sole Executrix of this my Last will and testament and I Doe hereby utterly Disallow Revoke and Disannull all and Every other former testament Will Legacies and bequest and Executors by me in any waies before named will and bequeathed Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last will and testament in witness where of I have here unto Set my hand and seal this Day and year first above writted.
        John BELL        (seal)

Signed Seal'd Published Pronounced & Declared by the sd. John BELL as his Last will and testatment in the p'sents of us the subscribers.
William PARKER
The marke of Jane x WICKER
Edwd TAYLOR

Personal appeared Margrit BELL Wido & Rellict of John BELL Decd. and proved ye Last will & Testament of her Husband John BELL decd. as aforesd. & proving the same by the Oaths of Mr. Wm. PARKER Mis Jane WICKER & Mr. Edwd. TAYLOR
Test Jos. WICKER Clk. Court

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