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John Dowdy, Senr.
Apr. 17, 1824 - Nov. Term 1824
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, p. 178-179

In the name of God Amen.

I John DOWDY SENR. Of the State of North Carolina and County of Currituck, being in a reasonable state of health and of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, First of all my will is that after my decease all my just debts be paid by my executor hereafter named.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son John DOWDY one dollar to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary GRIGGS one cow and yearling and one heffer to her and her heirs.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son Spence DOWDY the piece of land I bought of John HEATH to him and his heirs

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Willoughby DOWDY the piece or parcel of land that fell to me by the death of my Brother Caleb DOWDY to him and his heirs.

Item. I give unto my Wife Kezia DOWDY two beds and furniture to her and her heirs.

Item. I give unto my Son Spence DOWDY one bed and furniture

Item. I give unto my Son Willoughby DOWDY one bed and furniture

Item. I give unto my Daughter Clarkey DOWDY one bed and furniture

Item. I give unto my Daughter Lilah DOWDY one bed and furniture

Item. I give unto my Wife Kezia DOWDY, Son Spence DOWDY, Son Willoughby DOWDY, Daughter Clarkey DOWDY and Daughter Lilah DOWDY sixteen behives to be equally divided between them all, to them and their heirs.

Item. I give unto my Wife Kezia DOWDY, Son Willoughby DOWDY, Daughter Clarkey DOWDY, and Daughter Lilah DOWDY all my cattle that I have not given away to be equally divided amongst them and my will and desire is that if either of my three children Willoughby, Clarkey or Lelah should die without lawful heir or heirs begotten of there body there part of said cattle to go and descend to the surviving ones.

Item. I give unto my Wife Kezia DOWDY Son Willoughby DOWDY, Daughter Clarkey DOWDY, Daughter Lelah DOWDY my two mares to them and there heirs

Item. I give unto my Wife Kezia DOWDY Son Willoughby DOWDY Daughter Clarkey DOWDY & Daughter  Lelah DOWDY all my hogs to them and there heirs.

Item. I give unto my Son Willoughby DOWDY my conow to him and his heirs.

Item. I give unto my Wife Kezia DOWDY, Son Willoughby DOWDY, Clarkey DOWDY, & Lelah DOWDY all my property not already given away both within doors and without to be equally divided amongst them, to them and there heirs.

Item. Lastly I nominate and appoint Thomas POYNER SEN. my executor to this my Last Will and Testament. In witness where of I the said John DOWDY SEN. hath hereunto set my hand and seal this 17 day of April 1824.
    /s/ JOHN DOWDY   seal

signed, sealed, pronounced published and declared by the Testator to be his Last Will and Testament in presence of
Test.
    D. B. LINDSEY
    Augustus Levanton HAWKINS

Recorded and examined this 6th day of July 1825
    S.HALL CLK   Rev. JAMES G. HALL DCLK

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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