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Henry Bright
Dec. 30, 1800; April 20, 1801
Currituck Co. Will Book 2, pp. 178-179

In the name of God Amen, I Henry BRIGHT of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men to die and after that to judgement, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament.
First I recommend my soul to Almighty God that gave it and my body to be buried in a christian like manner at the discression of my executors hereafter mentioned and as to what worldly goods it hath pleased god to bless me with I give and bequeath in manner following to wit.

My will and desire is that my well beloved Wife Mary BRIGHT should have the use of all my estate reil and personal during her natural life or widowhood and after her decease or marriage I leave it in manner following

Item I give and bequeath to my Son Davis BRIGHT the land I bought of Jesse BENNET as pr. deed also a piece of the north end of my manner plantation begining at water oak thence runing a westerly corse to a hicory also an easterly corse from the water oak to a gum on Carter BARNARDs line also from the hicory a northerly corse to a maple in Edward DOUGHTYs line.

Item after the gift to my Sun Davis I give the rest of my land to my two Suns Henry BRIGHT and Edward BRIGHT in manner following to be equeally divided between them and after being equeally divided my Sun Henry to take the south part and my Sun Edward the part where the house stands together with the house to them and their heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Lovey WILLIAMSON one feather bed and furniture which is in her possession and one negro gairl named Nance which is in her possession to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Polly BRIGHT one negro woman named Ginne and one feather bed and furniture first choice to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sally BRIGHT one negro gairl named Rachel and one feather bed and furniture secon choice to her and her heirs for ever.

Item I give my beloved Wife Mary BRIGHT the use of my plantation and negroes during her natural life or widowhood except the negro gairl I give to my Daughter Lovey WILLIAMSON and after her decese the two negroes Rody and Taner and their increse to be equally divided between my three Suns Henry, Edward, and Davis.

Item the rest of my estate to be equally divided amongst my children

Item I constitute and appoin my beloved Wife Mary BRIGHT and my friend Solomon WILSON my hole and sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament here by avoaking all former wills heretofore by me made in testamony whereunto I have set my hand and seal this thirtyeth day of December Anno Domni one thousand eight hundred
    /s/ Henry [his mark] BRIGHT     seal

signed sealed and acknowledged by the said Henry BRIGHT to be his Last Will and Testament in presence of
    Davud MERSEREAU     jurat
    William
[his mark] WILLIAMSON
    William NORTHERN


Recorded and examined this 20th day of April 1801

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