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In the name of God Amen, I Thomas DUNKIN of Cape Hatteras Banks, Pilot, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given to God. Calling into 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, principaly and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be burried in decent and christian burrial at the discretion of my executors and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with in this life, I give divise, and dispose of the same in following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath to Mary STYREN, who is now living with me all the land from William QUIDLEYs line to Rueben BURRUS line with all the houses and household furniture and my negro boy Jack to her and her heirs for ever, likewise I give Chane her freedom at my death, likewise I give Mary STYREN, one mare called Spring, with two cows and calves to her and her heirs forever. likewise I give to my Sister Sarah DUNKIN one cow and calf and the rest of my property to be sold, to pay my debts, all my land and other property that is not named in my will and if anything then left, after my just debts is all payed I leave it to my Sister Sarah.
likewise I make and ordain Rueben BURRUS sole executor to this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby disallow disannull and revoke all and every other will and testament bequests and executors by me in any wise before mentioned and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and one
/s/ Thomas [his mark] DUNKIN seal
signed sealed published and delivered in presence of us
Demcy QUIDLEY jurat
Recorded and examined this 22nd day of December 1801
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