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In the name of God Amen, I James ETHERIDGE, of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, do make and ordain this instrument of writing to be my Last Will and Testament in the manner and form as followeth
First is to Sons
I give to my Son Caleb ETHERIDGE one plantation that he is now building on begining at a pine stump at corner standing near Max. MILLERs cypress swamp bridge then running eastwardly down a line of marked trees to a forked black gum at corner near the road and ditch then east ten degrees north across the pattent to the black line towards the shore all the land that lies northwardly to him and his heirs forever.
Also I give to my Son James ETHERIDGE one plantation that I bought of Thomas BALLANCE and part of a plantation by the name of The Little Field begining at a poplar standing in the branch near the northwest corner of the orchard in the said field then runing eastwardly near the course of the apple trees rows across the same pattent to the eastward black line then begining at the aforesaid poplar then runing down the branch as the ditch and road runs southwardly to the head of the branch at the swamp side then across the swamp to John DOXIEs back line that was called HILLFORDs entery all the land to the eastwardly to him and his heirs forever.
Also I leave all the remainder of my land to my Wife Mary ETHERIDGE during of her life and for her to have no part of the land I have given away and after her death I give the aforesaid land to my Son Thomas ETHERIDGE to him and his heirs forever and if either of my Sons dies under twenty one his land shall be divided between the other two Sons.
Also I give one negro girl Betsey to my Daughter Ann BALLANCE to her and her heirs forever.
Also I leave all the remainder part of my property to my Wife during her life to raise my children on and to educate them and after her decease I give one negro girl Lovey and one feather bed and furniture to my Daughter Mary to her and her heirs forever.
Also I give one negro girl Julian and one feather bed as aforesaid to my Daughter Sarah ETHERIDGE to her and her heirs forever.
Also I give one negro girl Voilet and one feather bed as aforesaid to my Daughter Esther to her and her heirs forever.
Also I give one negro boy Lewis and my still and stillery to my Son Thomas ETHERIDGE to him and his heirs forever
Then all the remainder of my estate to be divided among all my Daughters and Son Thomas ETHERIDGE to them and their heirs forever.
Also I appoint my Wife Mary ETHERIDGE and Son Caleb ETHERIDGE my executors to this my Last Will and Testament to settle my estate given from under my hand and seal assigned and delivered in the presence of us this the 1st day of Feb. 1801.
/s/ James ETHERIDGE seal
William BRABBELL jurat
Recorded and examined the 22 day of Dec. Anno Dom 1804
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