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James Bray
Jan. 26, 1799 - March 7, 1799
Currituck Co. Will Book 2, p. 140

In the name of God Amen, I James BRAY, of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina being weak in body but of sound mind and memory, do make this Last Will and Testament, in form following.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Richard BRAY and my Son William BRAY the land and plantation where on I now live to be equally divided between them, the dividion line to run from Tulls bay towards the main road as fare as my line runs or extends my Son Richard to take the easterly part adjoining Gideon CREFFs line and my Son Wm. to take the westerly part joining in the heirs of Holloway WILLIAMS Dec. I also give to each of my Sons Richard and William as much of the land that I bought of my Brother John BRAY as will make them equal to my Sons James BRAY the share to be taken off the south end of said land running an easterly and westerly course to them seperattey and their heirs forever.

Item I give to my Son James the remainder of the tract of land I bought of my Brother John BRAY to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give to my Daughter Sarah BRAY, Mary P. BRAY and the child or children that my wife is now pregnant with all the negroes and all the property within doors and without doors to them and their heirs forever.

I lend my beloved Wife Miriam BRAY the use of all my land negroes, and stock of every kind and other property within doors and without during her widowhood to bring up and educate my children then should she intermarry then I give her the following articles one negro woman called Kate, one bed and bed stead and furnature first choice, one horse, three cows, and three calves, six sheep, fifteen hoggs and riding chair and harness the remaninder of my estate at my wifes intermarriage I desire should be sold agreeable to law and divided equally amongst children then living if either of my Sons should die without lawfull issue beggotten of their body then I desire that his or their part shall be given to the surviving Sons or Son to be equally divided and in like manner, If eigher of my Daughters should die without lawfull issue beggotten of their body the the deceased part to go to the surviving Daughters or Daughter.

And I do hereby nominate and appoint James PHILIPS and Andrew BATES executors to this Last Will and Testament revoking all former will hereunto made in witness whereoff I have hereunto set my hand and this twenty sixth day of January in the year of our Lord 1799
    /s/ James BRAY     seal

in presents of us
    Charles M. CARTER
    Simon MATHIAS
     jurat
    William WARD

Recorded and examined this 7th day of March 1799

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