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In the name of God Amen, I Joseph GREGORY of the County of Currituck in the State of North Carolina being in a declining state of health but of sound mind and memory, knowing that it is appointed for all men 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 beloved Wife Miriam GREGORY one Negro man named Mose one Negro woman named Patience and child named Jule and one horse called Gander, my riding chair and harness one feather bed and furniture, two cows and calves, her choice of red cows and calves,
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Peggy GREGORY one Negro boy named Miles, one Negro boy named Morey and one Negro girl named Sabre, and in case my Daughter Peggy dies without issue of her body it is my desire that her estate decend to my Daughter Caty GREGORY and her heirs
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son Tulley GREGORY the land and plantation whereon I now live, being the land left me by my Father Cornelius GREGORY dec'd in his last will, also one Negro boy named Wilson one Negro boy named Merica and in case he my Son Tulley dies before he comes to lawful age, or without issue of his body it is my desire, that his land decend to my Son Demcey GREGORY and his Negroes to my two Daughters Peggy and Caty GREGORY and their heirs.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son Demcey GREGORY the land and plantation I had of my Brother Cornelius GREGORY, also one Negro boy named Lamb and one Negro girl named Jin and in case he my Son Demcey dies before he comes to lawful age or without issue of his body it is my desire that his land decend to my Son Tulley GREGORY and his Negroes to my two Daughters Peggy and Caty GREGORY and their heirs
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Caty GREGORY one Negro man named Ned one Negro girl named Sidney and one Negro woman named Cloe but the increase of Cloe I desire shall be equally divided between my two Daughters Peggy and Catey when my Daughter Catey arrives to lawful age or marries and in case my Daughter Catey dies without issue of her body it is my desire that her estate decend to my Daughter Peggy and her heirs.
Lastly it is my desire that all the remainder of my estate within doors and without after paying my just debts and funeral charges be equally divided amongst my Wife Miriam and my four children Peggy, Tulley, Demcey and Catey in the manner as before mentioned in this my will and it is my will and desire that my executor hereafter named sell the remainder of my estate in order to meet the object of this my will and that he have my barn repaired and a kitchen built and the chimney taken down and put up again which repairs and work to be paid for out of my estate, and I nominate and appoint my beloved Wife Miriam GREGORY and my friend Samuel FEREBEE executrix and executor to this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 14th day of March 1806.
/s/ Joseph GREGORY seal
Signed sealed published and declared and in the presence of
Lawrence (his x mark) MURPHEY
Henery (his x mark) HANNERS
Recorded and examined 22d June Anno dom. 1806
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