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Aaron Bright
Feb. 14, 1815; Feb. Term 1816
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, p. 78-79

In the name of God. Amen. I Aaron BRIGHT of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, being at this time in sound mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, do at this time make publish and ordain this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills hitherto by me made, by word or writing and this to be taken for my Last Will and none other. First my will and desire is that all my just debts be paid.

Item. I leave the use of the land and plantation whereon I now live to my beloved Wife Sally BRIGHT, during her living my Widow; also three feather beds and furniture, three cows and calves and two horses first choice, also one negro woman called Dinah, and one negro man by the name of Will, four ews and lambs, ten head of hogs first choice, four stocks of bees first choice, two tables first choice, eight chairs first choice, and one cart and riding chair and harness, one loom and harness, and beaufat and furniture, and one safe, and as much of the kitchen furniture as she may think sufficient, and also as much of the plantation utensils as may be sufficient for her use, and as much provisions of all kinds as any three men may think will serve the family one year, the above mentioned articles I leave the use of to my beloved Wife Sally BRIGHT as long as she lives my Widow, and after her death or marriage I give the above mentioned articles the house and land excepted to be equally divided between my Son Aaron Davidson BRIGHT and my Daughter Harriot Louisa BRIGHT to them and their heirs.

Item. After the death or marriage of my Wife, I give the land and plantation, whereon I now live to my Son Aaron Davidson BRIGHT all lying between the two roads to the end of a house called Mrs. CASONs house, thence from the main road, by a line of marked trees to the back line between Thomas COX and myself; also I give part of a tract of land I bought of MAY's heirs to my said Son, beginning at a pr. simmon tree standing on the side of the road, thence a southwest course, by a line of marked trees to a beach, standing near Thomas COXes swamp road, thence a west course along side of COXes swamp to a pine standing between my saw pit and the main road, thence along said road to a pr.simmon tree the first station, to him and his heirs.

Item. Also I give to my foresaid Son all the piece or tract of cypress swamp I purchased of Jeremiah SEXTAN also one negro man called George and also one negro girl by the name of Matilda, and one feather bed and furniture and three hundred dollars in promissory notes for the purport of giving my said son an education all of which I give to him and his heirs.

Item. I give to my Daughter Elizabeth HODGES one piece or parcel of land lying over Moyock Mill adjoining Demcy NORTHERN, containing eighty eight acres, and also one piece lying back of the survey joining the entry, being a piece Silas BRIGHT purchased of James BRAY, also one piece joining herself that Silas BRIGHT gave her, it being a piece that I purchased of Cornelius DAVIS of twenty acres, and one half of cypress swamp Mr. Silas BRIGHT left to Silas and Tully BRIGHT and one half of a piece adjoining aforesaid swamp that belongs between Joseph BALLENTINE and Aaron BRIGHT, and also I leave the use of the following named negroes during her natural life Viz. negro woman Selah, negro girl Keziah, negro boy Jack, and after her death I give the above mentioned negroes and their increase if any to be appraised and equally divided between all her children, that is living at her death, but if my said Daughter Elizabeth HODGES departs this life without leaving any children or Grandchildren, I give the above mentioned property to be equally divided between Sally LUFFMAN and Louisa BRIGHT and Aaron Davidson BRIGHT and their heirs and their heirs, and also one feather bed which she has now in possession.

Item. I give to my Daughter Sally LUFFMAN, one piece or parcel of land that I purchased of George FORQUHER and others, beginning at a post standing by the side of the road near Mrs. CASONs, thence south westwardly to a mulberry tree near the side of the branch and thence over said branch to a gum, and thence to another gum near the fence over in the woods, thence along a line of marked trees to the back line in the swamp near the eastward end of the City old field, thence thence a west course along the swamp to a beach near Thomas COXes swamp road, thence along a line of marked trees to a prsimmon tree standing on the side of the road thence as the road runs to the first station also I give the one half of the cypress swamp that Mr. Silas BRIGHT gave to Silas and Tully BRIGHT, and one half of that between Joseph BALLENTINE and myself to my said Daughter Sally LUFFMAN, and also one negro woman called Patience, and one negro girl called Edy, and one negro boy by the name of Elbert, and one feather bed and furniture, that is if my Daughter Sally LUFFMAN and her heirs makes a firm right and title to one half of a piece of land lying between Moyock Mill adjoining Demcy NORTHERN, that fell to Elizabeth HODGES and Sally LUFFMAN by the death of their Brother Tully BRIGHT then and in that case, I give the above mentioned articles to my said Daughter Sally LUFFMAN and her heirs.

Item. I give to my Daughter Harriot Louisa BRIGHT one piece or parcel of land that I purchased of Caleb COX and others all the remainder part joining Thomas ALLISON, Thomas COX, my Son Aaron D. BRIGHT and my Daughter Sally LUFFMAN and the main swamp, and also I give a piece of cypress swamp I purchased of Jesse IVES formerly the property of Josiah CHERRY dec'd. to my said Daughter Harriot Louisa BRIGHT, and also one negro man named Anthony and one negro girl called Alsey and one feather bed and furniture, to her and her heirs. And I also leave all the cash on hand and the notes and all the lumber on hand, and all the remainder part of my estate of every kind not already given away to be in discharging my debts, and if any remains after paying all my just debts, I give it to be equally divided between my Daughters and my Son, to them and their heirs forever. And I also constitute and appoint my beloved Wife Sally BRIGHT, and my Son in Law Thomas LUFFMAN executors to this my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th of February 1815.
    /s/ Aaron BRIGHT     Seal

Signed in the presence of us
Test.
    Jeremiah SEXTAN     jurat
    James NORTHERN
    Thomas
[his x mark] LINTON

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

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