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Currituck County Wills
Jan. 1, 1749/50; April 13, 1751
Secretary of State Original Wills, NC 1663-1789
In the Name of God Amen the first Day January in the year of our Lord 1749/50 I Esebel BURNHAM widow of the Province of North Carrolina Currotuck County being very Sick and weak in Body But of prefect mind and Memory Thanks be given to God tharefor Calling unto mind the mortality [of my body and] knowing that it is appoynted for all men once to Die do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul unto Hands of God that gave it and for my Body I Recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian Like and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors Nothing doubting But at the genaral Resurrection I shall Recive the same again by the mighty Power of God and as touching such wordly Estate wharewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. I give and bequeath to Solomon BENNET my dearly beloved son one pare of Iron pot Tramels. I give and bequeath to John BENNET my dearly beloved son one pare of Iron Pot tramels it being the full part of my Estait that I Do intend to give each of them besides what they have recived. I give to my well beloved son Nehemiah BENNET whom likewise Constitute make and Ordain my only and sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament all and singular ten Pounds Virgina money one _____ and one safe one Sherplow[?] one pare of money[?] _ails one par of Cart wheals to one parr of Iron ___
[Next page] To one Iron pot by him freely to be posesed and Enjoyed and I do herby utterly disolowed revoked and disanul all and every other former Testement Will and Legcies Bequests and Executors by me in any way befor this time Named Willed and Bequeathed Ratified & Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testement In witness whareof I have heareunto set my hand and seal the Day and year And year above written I give and bequeth to Briton[?] my dearly beloved Dafter one fether baid and two sheats and two pillows and bolster and one Rug and one blanket I give and bequeave to my well beloved dafter Sufias ten pounds Virgina Money one seven gallon Iron pot one frying pan one Sifter I give and bequeave to my wellbloved Grndfter Esebl MILL one fethr bed one rug one bolster one pillow one sheat and blankit and beadsted one whit yoo one sanded sow shot a small Remin[?] of holend[?] and one small Remnant of muslin and one hikfetcher[?] and I Give and bequeath to my well beloved Dafter Abiar five pounds Virgina money I Give and bequeave to my Grandafter Esebel ARMSTRON one box Iron I Give and bequeave to Granson Benjamian MILLER one Iron pot hold___ 50 gallon.
Signed sealed published Pronounsed and Declared the said as her Last will and Testament in the presents of the sbscr.
[On reverse of page]
ESEBEL [her x mark] BURNHAM
April County Court 1751
Present His Majestys Justices
These may Certifie that Willis MILLER George BURGESS & Philip NORTHERN subscribing Evidences to the within Will came into open Court & made oath that they were present & saw Elizabeth [sic] BURNHAM sign seal Publish and Declare the within to be & Contain her Last Will & Testament and that the said Elizabeth BURNHAM was then & at that time of sound and Disposing Memory. Then appeared Nehemiah BENNET as Executor to the within will in open Court and took the Exors. oath in due form of Law. Ordered that the Honble. Nathl. RICE Esqr. Secretary of the said Province have Notice thereof that Letters Testamentory Issue thereon as the Law Directs. Test Richd. McCLURE Clk. Cur.
Elisabeth BURNHAM Will
April 13th day 1751
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