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In the name of God amen I Joseph GRAY of the State of No. Carolina and County of Currituck being sick but of perfect mind & memory do Ordain this my Last will & Testament in manner & form following that is to Say
First I Give & bequeath unto my beloved wife four negros Viz Ceoff Voilet Pleasant (? these names are very unclear, and there appear to be only three) two beds and furniture two chests one (two words unclear) one Mahogany Table one mare & Colt one pone my riding mare one Yolk of Steers & Cart five Cows and Calves five young steers one Hand mill two (word unclear) plows two loading plows four hoes two axes five head of sheep two (unclear word) with all the hoggs also all the Kitchen furniture all the Chairs in the house also the Beaufat & all the furniture thus belonging also one wooling and one Linnon(?) Wheele.
2nd I give to my Son Thomas GRAY all the Lands & marsh on Churches Island by me held being the Land and marsh by a deed of gift by me made unto him also one negro boy named Jack one bed & furniture one Desk one mire two Cows and Calves unto him & his heir forever.
3d I give unto my son Joseph GRAY the plantation whereon I now Live being The Land by a deed by me made unto him also one negro boy named Henry One Desk one Case of drawers one bed & furniture one Mare two Cows & Calves also one hundred acres of marsh on Pine Island unto him & his heirs forever. I also give the Schooner Polley and Nancy to the aforesaid named Son Joseph GRAY.
4th I Give to my daughter Abbey PICKETT as follows one negro woman by the Name of Die Do. one girl by the name of Hesby(? name unclear) One bed and Furniture one Cow and Calf one young mare also one negro Boy Cab(? name unclear).
5th I Give unto my daughter Polley PERRY one bed & furniture and five shillings in her full Part of all I ever intend to give her.
6th I Give unto my Daughters Viz Salley Betsey Nancey Patsey and Peggy GRAY all the remainder of my negroes that has not been given away heretofore to be equally divided also Piney Island to be sold & the money To be equally divided between the aforesaid Salley Betsey Nancey Patsey and Peggy and also all the rest of my movable Property that hath not been given away to be equally divided also if that any of the above Named Children Should die without Lawful issue that is to Say Betsey Salley Nancey Patsey & Peggy Together with Abby PICKETT it shall return unto the aforesaid named Children that Survived forever Also it is My will and desire that the gifts that I have given unto my Wife after her decease Shall return to my Son Joseph GRAY And if he Should die without Lawful issue to return to my Six daughters Salley Abby Betsey Nancey Patsey and Peggy to be Equally divided Also that the gifts I have already given to my Son Joseph GRAY if he Should die without lawful issue to be Equally divided between the aforesaid named Daughters. I further Nominate & appoint my Sons Thos. GRAY & Joseph GRAY to this Last will (page torn) My hand and Seal this 25th Day of January 1805.
/s/ Joseph GRAY (seal)
James [his mark] JARROD
Recorded & examined the 18th Day of Decr. Anno Dom 1806
Attest H. BAXTER DCCC
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