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John Etheridge

April 19, 1788 - June 27, 1789
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 240

In the name of God Amen, I John ETHERIDGE of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, being sick of body but of sound mind and memory, blessed be the Almighty for it, do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth-----

First I recommend my soul to the Almighty God who gave it and my body to the grave to be decently buried in the place it shall please my executors hereafer named and as to the estate it hath pleased God to bestow on me I give and dispose thereof in the following manner-----

Item: I give and bequeath all the lands I possess with the houses thereon and other appurtainances unto my two Sons Samuel and William ETHERIDGE their heirs and assigns to be equally divided between them.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son William ETHERIDGE two cows and calves, also one good feather bed and furniture, and also two ewes and lambs and it is my will and intent that my said Sons Samuel and William shall each receive possession of their share of the lands and other legacies when each shall attain the age of eighteen years and not before.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Mary all the residue of my estate goods, chattells of what nature soever they may be to be enjoyed by her and her heirs forever. Item: I give and bequeath unto my said Wife Mary the use of my lands and its appurtainances so long as she shall continue a widow.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my said Wife Mary the use of the cows and calves, the beds and the ewes and lambs bequeathed my Sons untill my Sons shall respectively attain the age of eighteen years provided she shall deliver to my Sons on their attaining the age the several articles well condetioned and good in their kinds.

Item: It is my intention that my two Sons shall live with the subject and obedient to my said Wife Mary untill they shall respectively attain the age of eighteen in which case I lend my said Wife to furnish them with due provision, washing, lodging and cloathing and if my said Sons shall act differently and refuse to live with and obey my said Wife, then shall she be free from any obligation to maintain them.

Item: It is my will that in any case whatsoever my said Wife shall at her own expense send my said Sons to school during the space of eighteen months each, at the seasons most advantageous to them befor they shall have accomplished the years of eighteen.

Item: It is my will that if my said Wife Mary should marry a man who is disagreable to her Mother Jane LEE, I give and bequeath unto the said Jane LEE for so long as she shall continue unmarried two acres of land begining at a corner pine on the line between Richard BLUNTs land and mine, thence running on said line to compleat a square of two acres, further I constitute and appoint my Father Amos ETHERIDGE and my Wife Mary ETHERIDGE joint executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills and declaring this only to be taken as my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of Ap. in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight.
    /s/ John [his mark] ETHERIDGE     seal

signed sealed and declared to be the Testators Last Will and Testament in presence of us-----
    John WALMSLEY     jurat
    Thomas FANSHAW   jurat

Recorded and exam. the 27th day of June 1789

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