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Joseph Bernard
May 7, 1781(?); Sept. 16, 1781
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 166

[Torn] Carolina
Currituck County

May 7, 1781(?)

I Joseph BERNARD being very sick and weak but sound in mind and memory Thanks be to God for it. as it is appointed once for all men to die, I do make and ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows Viz------

I lend the use of my land and plantation whereon I now live to my beloved Wife Angilico BERNARD during her natural life after her death I give the above mentiond land to my Daughter Huldy BERNARD to her and her heirs.

Item: I lend to my beloved Wife my negroe Samson during her widowhood and I give the said negroe to my Daughter Huldy BERNARD and if she dies without heir then the said negroe to return to my beloved Wife.

Item: I give to my beloved Wife my black mare as her own right and property forever, and one young bay horse which I bought of Widow ROBERTSON forever.

Item: I give to my Daughter Huldy BERNARD one three year old mare I bought of Ann PHILLIPS and one young coalt come of my black mare, folded this spring, one cow and year old at John STEWARTs(?), and two cows and calves and two two year old heifers at the Indian Ridge, and one feather bed and furniture all the rest of my estate within doors and without I give to my beloved Wife as her own right forever.

My will and desire is that my Daughter Huldy BERNARD all that I have given her be and remain in the care of my two Executors which I appoint my beloved Wife and Willoughby DAUGE my whole and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
    /s/ Joseph [his x mark] BERNARD     and a seal

Sign'd seal'd in presence of
James PHILLIPS
Angilico
[x] BERNARD
Mary WHITE


Recorded and examined September 16th, 1781
Test Wm. FEREBEE, C.C.

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