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Thomas Garrett

Dec. 18, 1815 - Feb. Term 1816
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, pp. 75-76

In the name of God. Amen.

I Thomas GARRETT of the State of North Carolina and County of Currituck, being weak in body but of a sound mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, but as I know, I have to die and leave the world behind, I have thought proper and do declare and make this instrument of writing to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and form to wit. And first giving my soul to God that gave it me I then resign my body to the disposal of my executors in hopes to be buried in a christian like manner.

Item. Order all my just debts to be paid out of my estate, and in order to enable my executors so to do.

Item. Order the half of the schooner American Coaster which I own in partnership with Jonathan LINDSEY Esqr. To be sold for six months credit, the money arising from said sales thereof to be applied to the use of paying debts or so much thereof as will be sufficient, and if that will not be sufficient, then such other property as my executors will be sufficient, and if that will not be sufficient then such other property as my executors may think most proper.

Item. I then lend to my Wife Sally GARRETT the use of my plantation whereon I now live during her natural life; also I lend to her the use of all my stock of all kind, to say horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, etc. so long as my said Wife may live single, and should my said Wife Sally GARRETT die or marry, then my will and desire is that all my said stock of all kinds whatsoever, should be sold and the money arising therefrom be equally divided among my children then living.

Item. I then lend to my Wife the use of all my plantation and farming tools enduring her widowhood and no longer, say carts, plows, hoes, axes.

Item. I then give to my said Wife one feather bed and furniture, one large chest to her own disposal forever.

Item. Should my said Wife marry, then in that case, I give to my Wife one horse and riding chair, two cows and calves, one sow and pigs, two ewes and lambs, also a childe part of all my moveable estate.

Item. I then give to my Son Thomas GARRETT all that tract of land I bought of William FORBES, say fifty acres more or less to him and his heirs forever, when he the said Thomas when he arrives to age of twenty one years also I leave my Wife the use of one third part of the cleared land on the plantation I purchased of said William FORBES, the northward side, also I leave the use of the whole plantation to my Wife untill my Son Thomas is twenty one years old.

Item. I then give unto my Son Thomas one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever.

Item. At the death of my said Wife, I give to my Son Benjamin the plantation whereon I now live, say all that tract of land I bought of William STYRON, say eighty acres more or less.

Item. I give to my Son John GARRETT all that tract of land I hold on the North Banks, laying on the east side of Jane Gite Creek, say two hundred acres more or less.

Item. I also lend to my Sally GARRETT the use of all my negroes, say George, Obed, Jonathan, Rean, Polly and Letice, Obed so long as my said Wife should live a widow and no longer, and at the death or marriage of my said Wife, I dispose of the above mentioned negroes in the following manner, Viz.

I give to my Son Thomas GARRETT one negro girl called Rean, to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I then give to my Son Benjamin my negro boy called Sampson, to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I then give to my Son Jasper GARRETT my Island land I bought of Arch ETHRIDGE, also I give to my said Son Jasper one negro girl called Polly, one feather bed and furniture, to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I then give to my Daughter Dorcas one negro man called Jonathan, one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs.

Item. I then give to my Son John GARRETT my negro man by the name of big Obed, to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I then give to my Son Benjamin one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I then give to my Son Thomas one half dozen silver table spoons mark TLG to him and his heirs forever. I also leave my negro man George to be sold at the discretion of my Wife and should my Son JASPER be thought compusmentus my will is that he should have two hundred dollars out of my estate for the use of schooling him as far as it should go.

Item. I then give to my Thomas one small pair of brass headed irons.

Item. I then give to my Son Benjamin one large pair of brass headed irons to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I also give to my Son Benjamin at the death of my wife my mahogany bofat, to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I then lend to my Wife the use of all my household and kitchen furniture, during her natural life or widowhood, and at the death or marriage of my said Wife is that all such property as I have not already given away that they be sold and the money arising therefrom be applied to the use of my Son Jasper in schooling or other support, as may be needed in case his Mother dies or marries etc.

Item. I give to my said Wife all my crop, stock of provision which I now have on hand for the year of 1815 for the use and support of my family and children also all such money as may be due me I wish to go to pay of such debts as I owe say Daniel SAWYER $716 Dollars, Lemuel BASNET $200, from others $100.

Item. I also give to my Son John GARRETT one feather bed and furniture, one large tea table, also my small hunting gun, which he has already received, and lastly I make constitute and appoint Col. Thomas POYNER and my beloved Wife Sally GARRETT my lawful executors of this my Last Will and Testament, ratifying this and no other to be my own Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of December 1815.
    /s/ Thomas GARRETT     seal

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us
    Jesse TAYLOR
    Caleb FORBES
     jurat

Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)

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