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John Bright
July 29, 1777; Dec. 16, 1780
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, pp. 162-163

In the name of God Amen, I John BRIGHT of N. Carolina Currituck County being in sound and perfect health and memory Thanks be to God Almighty for it. I do make this to be my Last Will and Testament in form as follows Viz.-----

I give and bequeath unto my Son William BRIGHT fifty acres of land joining Malachi OVERTON and one negroe girl called Dince(?) excepting I should be want of her myself, to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Anne BRIGHT one bed and the furniture belonging to it and two stocks of bees, and one sow and six shoats one pair of cotton cards and one box iron, and one chest, and one foot wheel, one pewter bason, and pewter plaits, to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary CLARK seven shillings proc. money to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Fanny PRESCUT(?) seven shillings proc. money to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Isbell CREEKMORE seven shillings proc. money to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Willis BRIGHT the plantation wheron I now live containing one hundred and thirty acres of land to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Wife Isabel BRIGHT all the remainder of my estate not given within and without to her during her life, and after her decease to my Son Willis BRIGHT to him and his heirs forever, but if my Son Willis BRIGHT should die without heirs lawfully begotten of his body, my will and desire is that my Son William BRIGHT should have all my cattle and hogs, sheep and bees and horses and mill to him and his heirs forever, all the remainder of my estate not given I leave to be equally divided amongst all my children after my Wifes death, I do hereby nominate and ordain my well beloved Wife Isbell BRIGHT and my Son William BRIGHT, to be my whole and sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament as witness my hand and seal the twenty ninth day of July 1777.
    /s/ John [his mark] BRIGHT     Seal

In presence of us
    John WHITHUST (sic)
    Wm.
[his W mark] ETHIRIDGE
    Joel
[his mark] ETHERIDGE

Record. and examin. this 16th day of Dec. 1780

This will was contributed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. If you find anything in these records that pertains to your families, it is strongly suggested that you look at the original record on your own to check for errors or possibly other additional and helpful information. Thank you!

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