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In the name of God Amen, I Lemuel GRAY being weak of body but of sound disposing memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and that it is appointed one for man to die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following Viz-
Imprimis: I give and bequeath to my Son Stephen GRAY one tract of land containing one hundred acres known by the name of Tineys joining on ye lands of Willis UPTON and James WHITE to him my said Son and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever. Also one negro child named Suckey and one negro fellow named Adam to my said Son Stephen GRAY and his heirs as aforesaid forever.
I give and bequeath to my Daughter Nancy GRAY one negro wench named Sarah to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body forever, also one negro wench named Pegg to her and her heirs as aforesaid forever. Reserving the use of the said wench Sarah to my dearly beloved Wife Bridget GRAY during her natural life as also I do hereby reserve the use of all the other negroes to my Wife aforesaid untill my children Stephen and Nancey GRAY come to age, and if the wenches Suckey and Pegg have offspring when my children come to age to be equally divided between them and to be continued so divided to them and their heirs as aforesaid forever.-------
Item: I give and bequeath to my Wife as aforesaid one mare named Lightfoot and one horse named Jacob forever. and respecting my worldly possessions wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me both within doors and without as beds and stock as cattle, horses, hogs, pewter and after my just debts is paid, I will and bequeath the use of them to my Wife Bridget GRAY during her natural lifetime and then to be equally divided between my two children as aforesaid Stephen and Nancy GRAY and their heirs lawfully begotten forever.
Lastly I will desire that my Wife Bridget GRAY and Thomas TAYLOR her Uncle be and are hereby appointed the sole executors to this my Last Will and Testament given under my hand and seal this 6th day of July 1783.
/s/ Lem. GRAY seal
Recorded and examined the 19th day of Jany. Anno Dom 1784
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