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In the name of God Amen. I William FEREBEE of the County of Currituck and State of N.C. being in perfect health & of sound & disposing mind & memory, calling to mind that it is appointed for all men to die, do make, constitute & proclaim this to be my last Will & Testament in manner and form following Viz:
Imprimis; I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Chloe FEREBEE one man Sam, one negro woman Jinnie & her increase that she may have after my death; man Sep & girl Amy, one feather bed, mahogany bedstead, curtains & furniture thereunto belonging, one riding chair & harness; one horse known by the name of King one yoke of Oxen & cart; Two cows & calves and all my sheep, hogs, poultry, plantation tools & utencils; one mahogany table, one Walnut Tea table, & all my earthen & tea ware; six tea spoons; one large trunk; one green chest & six chairs; two iron pots; one Dutch oven; one Tea kettle; one pair of fire dogs; one pair tongs, one large looking glass, to her and her heirs forever. Also I lend unto my aforesaid wife the use of the land & plantation whereon I now live until my son Wm. Iredell FEREBEE arrives to lawful age or marries; also the use of all my lands of what nature or kind soever until the child to whom it is given arrives to lawful age or marries.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha FEREBEE my land & plantation lying in Camden Co. together with the juniper swamp joining the same containing 500 acres be the same more or less; one negro boy Mathias one ditto girl called Grad, one feather bed & furniture to her & her heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah FEREBEE the one half of all the residue of my lands & swamp, one negro boy Toney one ditto girl Loney; one feather bed & furniture, to her and her heirs forever. Also I give & beaqueath to my daughter Martha FEREBEE The Female Spectator, also boy Lem.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary FEREBEE the one half of all my lands on Cumberland, and all my lands & swamps in Camden & Currituck Counties; one negro woman Mary & all her increase; also boy Arthur the bay mare I bought of Thos. WILSON & one feather bed & furniture to her & her heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my son Wm. Iredell FEREBEE the land & plantation I now live on, containing 200 acres be the same more or less, one negro boy Jerry, one ditto named Cato, one young mare colt; one feather bed walnut bedstead & furniture thereunto belonging, one washstand, watch, and all my silver ware and all the residue of my books (except one Bible, two Hymn Books & one prayer book called the Sinners Complaint which I give to my beloved wife) also I give to my said son Wm. FEREBEE all my appurtenances which I bought of John WALMSLEY to him and his heirs forever; also negro woman Tishe and her child Mark and future increase.
It is my will and desire that the residue of my estate which is not yet given should remain in the hands of my beloved wife until one of my children arrives to lawful age or marries, provided she bring no charge against them or either of them.
It is my will that the residue of my estate of what nature or kind soever be equally divided amongst all of my children and wife together & their heirs forever. Also it is my will and desire that the gifts above given remain in the hands and use of my beloved wife, Chloe FEREBEE until my children arrive respectfully to lawful age or marry, but in case any of my children should die before either of these periods happen it is my will & desire that its part or dividend of my estate should be equally divided amongst the surving, to them & their heirs forever.
It is my desire that my wife should educate all of my children in the best manner she can possibly, particularly my son to whom I give all my Mathematical instruments.
Lastly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my beloved wife Chloe FEREBEE & Isaac GREGORY, Esq., my brothers Joseph FEREBEE & Samuel FEREBEE my whole & sole executors of this my last will & Testament ratefying & confirming this to be my last Will & Testament.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the seventh day of Nov. anno dom 1789.
/s/William FEREBEE seal
Signed, Sealed pronounced Published & Declared in the Presence of
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