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In the name of God Amen, Sept. twentyninth one thousand eight hundred, I Thomas DOUGH, of the State of North Carolina and County of Currituck Roanoke Island, being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be to God for the same and calling unto mind that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament and principally and first of all I recommend my body to the earth and my soul into the hands of God that gave it and as turching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give desire and dispose of the same in manner and form following Viz.
Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my two well beloved Sons Ambrose and Allen DOUGH all my possession of lands to be equeally divided between these my two Sons Ambrose possessing the north part of this my said land which is joining the land of Stephen WESKET and Allen possessing the south part of this my said land joing the land of Aaron DOUGH to have and to hold unto these my two Sons Ambrose and Allen DOUGH for their own proper use benefit and behoof-----
I likewise except my Wife Mary DOUGHs life on the possessions of my Son Allen DOUGHs part of the land.
Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Wife Mary DOUGH one feather bed and furniture one safe, one chest, one trunk, one case of bottles, one linnin wheel, one woolling wheel and six sitting chairs and twenty eight dozen ???? half of Queen china and forty hard dollars to have and to hold for her own proper use benefit and behoof.
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Mavey DOUGH one feather bed and furniture, one linnen wheel, one trunk, one chest, one set of India chania containing forty one pieces, one dining table to have and to hold for her own use benefit and behoof.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Adam DOUGH one mair called Dovey, one sea bed, my hunting gun, my wareing watch and fifteen dolls (sic) in cash and one chest to have and hold for his own use benefit and behoof.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Hambelton DOUGH one feather bed and furniture, one hand mill, one breakfast table and six sitting chairs to have and hold for his own use benefit and behoof.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Cynthia DOUGH one feather bed and furniture, one dining table, one learge chest to have and hold for her own use benefit and behoof.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Jesse E. DOUGH one feather bed and furniture, one buffet, one iron pot, and dutch oven, three pewter dishes, one bason and two plates to have and to hold for his own use benefit and behoof.
Item my will and desire is so that my schooner called the Rigulator shall be converted to the use and support of my family so long as thee shall answer the purpose in so dowing and when she shall fail giving support unto my family my will is so that she shall be sold at publick auction and that my Son Ambrose shall take charge of said schooner so long as his occonimy shall be approved by the executors.
Item my will is so that all the remaining part of my property that is note mentioned in the legacies I lend unto my well beloved Wife Mary DOUGH during her natural life or widowhood and if this my said Wife should decease my will is so that this remaining part of my property shall be equally divided between my five children Mavey, Adam, Hambelton, Cynthia and Jesse E. DOUGH and if my said Wife shall marry my will is so that she shall have her equeal part in the division of the remaining part of said property and I likewise constitute make and ordain my said Wife Mary DOUGH and Barnabee ETHERIDGE my sole executor to this my Last Will and Testament and I likewise disannul disallow and revoke all other wills testaments or bequests before mentioned by me ratifying and conforming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I the said Thos. DOUGH have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date above mentioned
Signed sealed published and pronounced by the said Thos. DOUGH to be his Last Will and Testament in presents of us the subscribers
/s/ Thos. DOUGH seal
Wm. [his mark] CARTERE
Recorded and examined this 28th day of March 1801
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