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Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 241
In the name of God Amen, I John BRADLEY of Currituck County and State of North Carolin, being very sick in body but of a sound and disposing memory, do make ordain constitute and appoint this as my Last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say, I comite my soul to God that gave it me, and my body to the earth to be decently buried in a christian manner on the hope of a resurrection by Jesus Christ.
Impriss: I give and bequeath unto my Son Charles BRADLY all my lands and premisses therunto belonging to be put in the possion thereof at the age of twenty one years or at the death of my Wife and in case that my Son Charles BRADLY should die before that he arives to the age of twenty one years or without a lawfull heir, that then it is my desire that my said land should decend to my Son John BRADLY or in case that he my Son Charles BRADLY should sell or presume to sell the said land and will not live on it, it is then my desire that my land shall be equally divided in quantity and quality to be to my Son Charles to him his heirs and assigns forever, as also in the case as above if the land should fall to my Son JOHN to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife the use of all my lands and buildings and proptes thereof with the privlidge of having timber got that is to say staves or heading as far as to inable her to pay of my debts and get spirits or sweotning that is to say shugar or any kind of sweetning and no more as long as she remains a widow or her natural life.
Item: I give unto my Daughter Love BRADLY one box iron and heaters.
Item: I give unto my Daughter Elisabeth BRADLY one gallon bason.
Item: I give unto my Son John BRADLY one feather bed and furniture and my coopies tools.
Item: I give unto my Daughter Rachel BRADLY one large dish and a three quart bason, I also further give to my Daughter Elizabeth BRADLY two of the best stocks of bees, all the rest of my estate that I have not given away after paying my just debts I desire that it shall remain and be in my Wifes hands, as well as that I have give away until the day that shue marris or her natural life and then to what remains to be equally divided amongst all my children excepting Charles and it shall be to them theirs heirs and assigns forever.
And lastly I appoint my beloved Wife and Hilary SIMMONS my whole and sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this second day of Febuary 1785.
/s/ John BRADLEY seal
Ebenezer CRAIG jurat
Charles [his mark] FULFORD jurat
John [his mark] LEE jurat
Recorded and exam. the 27th day of June 1789
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