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Jesse Bennet
Aug. 9, 1794; Jan. 20, 1795
Currituck Co. Will Book 2, p. 35

In the name of God Amen, I Jesse BENNET being sick and weak in body but perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make this my Last Will and Testament.

First I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to buried in a cristian manner at the discretion of my executors-----------

I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife after my just debts are paid all my houses and lands wheron I now live all my household and kitchen furniture and farming utensils also all my stock of every kind and one negro man named Harry, one negro woman named Rachel, during her widowhood.

I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Frances POYNER one negro girl named Cloe forever.

I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Presseller SOREY one negro girl Affia forever.

I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughters Bridjet and Sarah all my houses land and household and kitching furniture farming utensils stock and increase negro Rachel and increase, one negro Harry to be after my Wife has had the use of them during her widowhood to be equally divided between them and their heirs lawfully begotten of their bodies for ever if Bridjet dies without heir lawfull begotten all her gifts are to be Sarahs and her heir forever lawfully begotten and if Sarah dies and Bridjet lives her part to be given in the same manner to Bridjet forever.

I constitute make and ordain my beloved Wife, Joseph BALLENTINE and Powers POYNER my executors to this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand fixed my seal this 9th day of August 1794
    /s/ Jesse BENNET seal

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us
    Hezakiah PARRINGTON     jurat
    Thos. FEREBEE
    Willis [his x mark] CHERRY

Recorded and examined 20th day of Jany. 1795

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