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Oct. 26, 1800; June 14, 1801
Currituck Co. Will Book 2, p. 188
In the name of God Amen, I Robert BERNARD of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, Farmer, being in a declining state of health and not knowing how soon I may be taken out of this life, do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is I recommend my soul to Almighty God and my body to be burried decently at the discretion of my executors herein after named and as for my worldly estate wherewith it hath been please God to bless me with I give and dispose of it in the following manner.
Imprimis I give to my Wife Margaret BERNARD the land and the plantation over the river whereon she formerly lived also four negroes which I had by her viz. negro man Mierl and Jim, George and Jess and one negro child the Son of Silvy, three cows and claves, and one ox cart which is now over the river, one riding chair, and harness and one sorrel mare which had by her during her natural life also one feather bed and furniture.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son Willoughby BERNARD that piece of land called Bells claring and fifty acres of swamp land back of Jesse GREGORYs, one negro man called old Cain and his first choice of all my stock of horses and all my wearing clothes.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandy BERNARD, the south end of my land and plantation whereon I now live as far as a ditch against Mr. Brickhouse BELLs hous and so as that ditch runs through towards Bells clearing and one negro woman named old Jenny, also my half of a negro man named Mustipher after Peggy DAUGEs death.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Edmond BERNARD the north end of my land and plantation whereon I now live and all the lands I own adjoining it not given away and one negro man named Charles.
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Cloe BERNARD the land and plantation which I bought of William GRAY and all the swamp I bought of Thomas LURRY and a piece of land I bought of Joseph PELL and the one half of a negro woman Moll and her child now in the possession of Joseph DAUGE.
All the remainder of my estate I leave to be sold to pay my just debts and the remainder after paying my debts my desire that it shall be equally divided between my Wife Margaret BERNARD and four children Willoughby, Grandy, Edmond and Cloe BERNARD.
Lastly I nominate and appoint my friends Willoughby DAUGE SEN. Samuel DAUGE and Sam FEREBEE my executors to this my Last Will etc. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this 26th day of October 180? (faded out)
/s/ Robert BERNARD seal
signed sealed published and pronounced in the presence of
Willoughby DOZIER jurat
S. FEREBEE jurat
Recorded and examined this 14th day of June 1801
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