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Wallis Bray
Feb. 5, 1816 - Feb. Term 1816
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, p. 81

In the name of God. Amen.

I Wallis BRAY of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, being very sick and weak of body, but of sound mind and memory, do make declare and publish this my Last Will and Testament, in manner following. Viz. My soul I resign into the hands of God who gave it, my body to the earth, to be buried in a christian manner, and as to such worldy effects as it hath pleased the almighty to bless me, I dispose of in the following manner.

I lend unto my well beloved Wife Susan the whole of my property both real and personal, so long as she remains my Widow, and at her death or intermarriage, its my will and desire, that the whole of my estate both real and personal be sold for a credit of two years, the purchaser or purchasers giving bond and security; except four acres of land which I set apart for the use of old Reuben, lying at the mouth of the branch at the Launch so this branch shall be the northwestern boundary, the sound the eastern line, and the take in the house where my Mother lived, and that he is to have the use of the four acres of land, during his natural life only, and that he shall not have the possession thereof untill the death or marriage of my Wife, and that Reuben is to have timber sufficient for fencing, firewood and necessary repairs. I also give negro man Reuben his freedom from the death or marriage of my Wife. Its my will and desire the money arising from the sale of my estate which is to take place at the death or marriage of Wife, be equally divided between all my children. Its my intent that my Wife and children all live together untill her death or marriage, and that she will make no charge against them, that she also give my children such education and schooling as is reasonably within her power. Its also my will and desire that if my old negro man Reuben should not be able to maintain himself, on the four acres of land, that my executor give him such aid and assistance out of my estate as will prevent him from suffering. And I also nominate and appoint my Brother Thomas BRAY my whole and sole executor to this my Last Will and Testament, to see it performed according to its true intent and meaning. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fifth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.
    /s/ Wallis BRAY     seal

In the presence of
    David JONES     jurat
    Hol. TATUM
    John GARRET
    William BRAY SEN.

Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)

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