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William Hardin
July 30, 1746 - Oct. 5, 1748

In the name of god amen.

I William HARDIN being sick and weak doe make this my Last Will as followeth my will and desier is that my wife Jane HARDIN Have the use during Her naterall Life of all my estate both reall and personall.

Item - I give my land on knotts Island wheron I live to my two grandaughters Jane DUDLEY and Elisabeth DUDLEY to be equaly divided the easterd part to Jane the other part to Elisabeth to them and their Heirs forever but in Case either of them should die without Lawfull Issue then their part to return to the other and their Heirs.

Item - I give to my grandaughter Elisabeth DUDLEY my Island Cald fresh pond to Her and Her Heirs forever but In Case she dies as above mentioned then to return to my grandaughter Jane and Her Heirs forever.

My will is that all the rest of my estate be equally divided between my two grandaughters Jane and Elisabeth.

I Have already given my daughter Elisabeth DUDLEY seven Head of Cattel a feather bead and two pots with other Houshold & in their possesion.

And I doe also apoint my wife Jane executor with Henry WHITE to this my last will and testament as Wittness my Hand this 30 of July 1746.
    /s/ William [his W mark] HARDIN

Test
    William WHITE
    Thomas DUDLEY JUNER
    Thomas
[his x mark] WILLIAMSON

   North Carolina }        at a Court Held for the sd County at the Court House on Tuesday the fifth day of October 1748
Currituck County }
    Present His Majesties Justices

These may Certify that William WHITE and Thomas DUDLY JUNR Subscribing Evidences to the within Will appeared in open Court and made Oath on the Holy Evangelist that they were present & Saw William HARDING Sign Seal Publish & Declare the within to be & Contain his Last Will and Testament & that the sd William HARDING was then & at that Time of Sound and Disposing Memory and that they also saw Thomas WILLIAMSON the other Subscribing Evidence Sign His name at the same time.  Then also appeared Jane HARDING Executor mentioned in the will in Open Court & took the Executors Oath in Due form of Law.  Ordered that the Honble Nathl RICE Esqr Secretary of the this province have Notice thereof that Letters Testamentory Issue thereon as the Law Directs.
    Test: Richd McClure Clk Cort

[On the back of this will is written: Letters isd June 30th 1749]

[Source: North Carolina State Archives - MARS ID: 12.96.1.901 (folder)]

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