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Joseph Bennet/Bennit
March 9, 1721/22; April 9, 1723
Secretary of State Original Wills NC 1663-1789

In the Name of God Amen I Joseph BENNIT of the precinct of Carretuck in the County of Albemarl in the Province of North Carolina Being sick and weak of Body, But of sound and Perfect mind and Memory, praise be therefore given to ye Almighty God, do make and ordain this my present Last will and Testament, in manner and form following (that is to say) First and principally I commend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God, hoping through the Merits of Death and Passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free Pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins and to Inherit everlasting Life and my Body I commit to the Earth, to be descently Buried at the discretion of my Executrix and Executor hereafter named and as touching the disposition of all such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me, I give and dispose thereof as followeth;

First, I will That my Debts and Funeral Charges shall be paid and discharged.

Item. I give unto my son Joseph BENNET one hundred and one Acres of Land which is the Plantation I now dwell on to him and his Heirs for Ever.

Item. I do ordain that if my son Joseph BENNET should die without Issue that the said one hundred and one Acres of Land shall fall to my son William BENNET to him and his Heirs for Ever.

I give unto my Daughter Mary SAYRS fifty Acres of Land it being part of my own Dwelling Plantation which there being one hundred and fifty one acres in the whole tract which I now dwell on. I give the said fifty Acres of Land to my Daugher Mary SAYRS During her Life and after her Death to my son Joseph BENNET to him and his Heirs for Ever.

Item. It is my will that my son Joseph BENNET shall not debar my son in law Thomas SAYRS from any Timber that he hath an occasion of without Wast on the said Tract of Land.

Item. I give unto my son Samuel BENNET Eighty four Acres of Land now Lying on the Head of William STAFFORDs Land and joyning unto Richard BRIGHTs and Butts on the Land that was Francis JONES; to Him and his Heirs for Ever, And If my son Samuel BENNIT Should die without Issue; then the said tract of Land shall fall to my son John BENNET to him and his Heirs for Ever, And if my son John BENNIT should die without Issue then it shall fall to my Daughter Alice BENNIT to her and her Heirs for Ever.

Item. I give all the rest and residue of my personal Estate, Goods and Chattells whatsoever I do give and bequeath unto my Loving Wife Anne BENNIT my Executrix and my son Joseph BENNIT Executor of this my Last will and Testament, I give all my personall Estae unto my Loving Wife dureing her Life and after her Desease to be divided Equally among my two sons John BENNET and William BENNET and my daughter Alice BENNET.

Item. I do alot that After my Wifes Decease there shall be given out of my Personal Estate one Cow and Calf to my Daughter Mary SAYRS, and one Cow and Calf to my son Samuel BENNIT, afore the Estate is divided, to them and their Heirs of Ever, and further it is my will that my Son William BENNIT after his Mothers decease shall have my will and one large Pot, and it is my will that after my Wifes decease I give one Iron kittle to my son John BENNIT and I give unto my daughter Alice BENNIT one small Iron Pot after her Mothers decease and all the rest and residue of my Personal Estate to be divided after my Wife's decease to be divided among my two sons and Daughter, John William and Alice BENNIT, furthermore it is will that my Loving Wife shall have her Life on the said dwelling Plantation and not be debared of any Privilige, by my Son Joseph BENNIT, and it is my will that my son Joseph BENNIT shall dwell on the Plantation, and not debaring his Mother during her Life of any priviledge, And I desire that my Body may be Buried in the Like Christian Manner at the discretion of my Executrix and Executor and I hereby revoke disanul [faded] and Testament, by me [faded] whereof I have set my Hand and seal this 9th day of March Anno Domini 1721/2.
    /s/ Joseph (his B mark) Bennit

Signed Sealed and delivered in the Presence of us
Joseph John WILLSON
Edmond (his EC mark) COX

North Carolina
Corotuck Prect.
This will was proved in Open Court the 9th Day of Aprill 1723 by the oath of Edwd. COX and Thomas COX.
Test Jos. WICKER Clk. Court

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