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James Biggs
September 8, 1767 - December 1768
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 45

  North Carolina }
Currituck County} To wit:
    At an Inferior Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions held at the Court House in Currituck on the first Tuesday in December, Anno Domini 1768, present His Majesty's Justices, the last will and testament of James BIGGS, late of this county, planter, deceased, the last will and testament of James JENKINS of the same county, planter, deceased, having been then and there in open court exhibited, proved and the respective executors or executrixes thereof qualified in due form of law, the said wills were ordered to be recorded, whereupon they here follow accordingly, that is to say, the last will and testament of James BIGGS in hea verba (see note below):

In the name of God. Amen. I, James BIGGS, of Currituck County and in the Province of North Carolina, being weak in body, but of perfect memory - thanks be to God for it -, wherefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

Imprimis (see note below), I give and bequeath to my well beloved son John BIGGS the plantation whereon I now live and all the land belonging to it, to him and his heirs, containing 200 acres.

Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved son James BIGGS fifty acres of land joining his land and the Herring Run, to him and his heirs.

Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife, Bethia BIGGS, one mare. I also leave her the use of all the rest of my estate during her life or widowhood, and then to be equally divided amongst the rest of my children: Elizabeth LEGGETT, Eleanor BIGGS, William BIGGS, Robert BIGGS, Caleb BIGGS, Davis BIGGS and Amariah BIGGS, to be equally divided amongst them as was mentioned before, and as for my two sons John BIGGS and James BIGGS, to have no part but what is mentioned to them. I likewise appoint my well beloved wife, Bitha BIGGS, to be my whole and sole executrix of this, my last will and testament, utterly revoking, disallowing and disannulling all other former will or wills by me heretofore willed, named or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 8th day of September, 1767.
    /s/ James [his B mark] BIGGS    and a seal

In the presence of us:
William [his mark] BIGGS
Richard
[his mark] FANSHAW
Eleanor
[her mark] BIGGS

Inferior Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, December, Anno Domini 1768. Present His Majesty's Justices.
    The last will and testament of James BIGGS, late of this county, planter deceased, having been then and there in open court exhibited and duly proved by the oaths of Rich. FANSHAW and WILLIAM Biggs, two of the subscribing witnesses, and the executrix therein appointed duly qualified by the oath of an executor in due form of law, the will by the order of the said Justices stands. Recorded as above.
    By me, Wm. MEANS

Note:  In hea verba = in these words
          Imprimis = in the first place

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