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In the name of God Amen, I Gideon DANIEL being very weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God therefore, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed 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 sould into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be burried in a decent christian burrial at the deserction of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner.
Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Mary DANIEL the best bed and furniture and one negro woman called Bess forever.
Item I give to my Daughter Bethany DANIEL the N. east end of my land from a marked dead pine tree standing in the south line running a ???? to marked dead pine stump with the top break off standing in the N. line also fifty acres on Bodies Island, also two negro girls called Hannah and Hetta also two beds and furniture forever.
Item I give to my Daughter Seineth DANIEL all the remainder part of my land but her Mother not to be interupted in her life time also two negroes called Leah and Charles and one bed and furniture forever
Also I leave my half of the Schooner Hazard and and materials thereunto belonging to be sold at publick sale and time given the different payments to be made of what she fetches one third six months credit one third nine months credit and the other third twelve months credit and the money to be collected by my Wife Mary DANIEL to support her and the rest of my family upon, and also my desire is that my working tools, guns, iron, some small timber and such things as would be no use to my Wife and family to be sold and my debts paid and the remainder of the money put to the same use, as above said and all the rest of my estate I leave to the use of my Wife untill my Daughter Bethany DANIEL comes to the age of twenty if she should live, then to be equally divided between my Wife Mary DANIEL and my said two Daughters this being my Last Will and Testament I make and ordain my Wife Mary DANIEL hole and sole executrix to the above said witness my hand and seal this 22 day of May 1803.
/s/ Gideon DANIEL seal
Wm. DANIEL SEN.
Lettey DANIEL jurat
Jemima DANIEL jurat
June ye 6th 1803 it being the day before my Son Gideon DANIEL died, he sent for me William DANIEL SEN. and being in his proper sences but very weak he said he had found out that his Wife Mary DANIEL was with child which made him very uneasy for he had made his will as right as he could wish it and it was to late to have another wrote, but his desire was that if the child his Wife then went with lived and was a boy it should have the place he lived on and a equal part of the other property with his two Daughters Bethany DANIEL and Senith DANIEL mentioned in his last will but if it should be a girl and lived to share equaly with his said two Daughters this being what Gideon DANIEL said was his desire.
November 11th 1803 personly appeared before one of the Justices of the Peace for the County of Currituck and made oath that the above mentioned Gideon DANIEL was in perfect senses when he said the words above writen William DANIEL and Chloe DANIEL who upon the holy evangelist of Almighty God that the same as is herein written is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth sworn befor me according to law, day and date as above written.
/s/ Abel ASHBEE JP seal
The hand writing of Abel ASHBEE proved by the oath of Sam. SALYEAR and Solomon ALCOCK
Recorded and examined the 22 day of Dec. Anno Dom 1803.
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