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William Chaplain, Sen.
May 11, 1831 - May Term 1831
Currituck Co. Will Book 3; pg. 270-272

In the name of God Amen I William CHAPLAIN SEN. of said County being at this time weak in body and low in health, but of sound mind and memory: thanks be to God for the same and calling to mind the certainty of death, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in words following or in the following manner viz.

First of all I recommend my soul to God who first gave it and my body after my death to be buried decently at the discretion of my relatives and friends. And as touching worldly concerns my property which it has pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of in the following manner viz.

First I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Sally one feather bed and its necessary furniture, her first choice, one chest her choice, the one fourth part of all my beaufat furniture, one pare of flat irons and I lend unto her all my stock of provisions on hand viz. corn, pork, bacon, and etc. and for her to distribute and approprate to the use of the family I leave. I also lend to her the one fourth part of all my hogs to be used and approprated as the provisons to the use of my family. I give her all the wool on hand. I also give her one cow and yearling her first choice. I also give her one cook pot and tea kettle her first choice, I lend her all my horse kind, also lend to her the one fourth part of all my farming tools viz. carts, ploughs, hoes axes etc. I give her one skillet and one spider I lend her one pot trammell, one pare of and irons. I give her all the poltery or fowls, I give her one fourth of the tree stry(?) hogs in the pen, also I lend her the privilege of the one fourth of all the houses together with one fourth of all the cleared land and woodland. Note all those things which are loaned or lent to my Wife are lent during her natural life time or widowhood and after either marriage or to descend and be the property of my three Sons William, Jasper and Edmund to be as I give as her death or marriage to be equally divided between them.

I give to my Son Jonathan CHAPLAIN one feather bed and furniture which he already has in his possession. One feather bed and furniture to my Son Caleb and one feather bed and furniture to my Son William one feather bed and furniture to my Son Jasper. One feather bed and furniture to my Son Edmund all the beds and furniture to be alotted off to my Sons by my Wife as she deems best.

I lend to my Wife the one fourth part of the big bed and furniture and the little bed and furniture together with the remaining part of my beds or bed clothing and the other three fourths to be equally divided between my three Sons viz. William, Jasper and Edmund the remaining three fourths of all my hogs to be equally divided between them.

I lend my Wife the one fourth part of all my sheep and give the remaining three fourths of the sheep to be equally divided between William, Jasper and Edmund my three Sons.

I give to my Grandson Thomas CHAPLAIN one feather bed which his Mother has in her possession.

I give to my Grand Daughters Sally and Aby one cow named Gentle and her increase which are in their Mothers possession to be equally divided between them.

I give to my Son Jasper one clock.

I give to my Son Jasper one looking glass the largest one.

I give to my Son Edmund one desk.

I give to my Son William one walnut table.

I lend to my said Wife one loom together with all the weaving spinning machines or utensils.

I give to my Son Jasper the desk I bought of B. PARKER.

I give to my Wife Sally one sugar box her first choice, and one jug her first choice, the balance of each to be equally divided between my three Sons namely William, Jasper and Edmund.

The remaining part of my hogs and all the stock which is not already given away to be equally divided between them.

I give and bequeath to my three Sons viz. William, Jasper, and Edmund all my land which I have or possess, it being about one hundred and seventeen acres to be equally divided between them after the death or marriage of my said Wife and for them viz. William, Jasper and Edmund to have and receive the benefits of the three fourths of all my houses or buildings together as their own rite and property the three fourths of all my land immediately after my death.

Lastly all the chattle property which I have not already given away, the one fourth part I lend to my said Wife Sally and the other three fourths I give to my three Sons William, Edmund and Jasper to be equally divided between them. Note all the property which is specified as given are given forever to them and their heirs forever, and that which is specified as lent to my Wife are only lent to her during her natural life or widowhood and after her death or marriage I give and bequeath to my three Sons viz. William, Jasper and Edmund all the property of every kind or nature soever, which I have lent to my Wife as aforesaid to be equally divided between them and their heirs forever.

Lastly I constitute nominate and fully appoint my Son William Chaplain my whole and sole executor to this my Last Will and Testament in case of failure my Son Edmund CHAPLAIN this May the 11th AD 1831 witness my hand and seal.
    /s/ William CHAPLAIN   seal

Signed and acknowledged in presence of
    Malachi CORBELL         jurat
    Nathan H. GREGORY    jurat

State of North Carolina
Currituck
May Term 1831
    This Will and Testament of William CHAPLAIN SEN. deceased was exhibited and proved in open Court in due form of law by the oaths of Nathan H. GREGORY and Malachi CORBELL subscribing witness thereto and ordered recorded.

When William CHAPLAIN the executor therein named qualified in due form of law and ordered that letters testamentary issue
    S. HALL CCC

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