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The Last Will and Testament of Edward HARDY Decd. was Exhibited at May Term 1837 and proven by the oaths of Amanda E. HUGHS and Mariah ETHERIDGE Jurats and ordered Recorded.
In the name of god, Amen, I Edward HARDY of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina being confined to a bed of affliction but of sound mind and disposing memory (blessed be God for the same) and calling to mind the Uncertainty of life do make and constitute this my last will and Testament in manner and form as Follows to wit--
First, I resign my Soul in to the Hands of almighty God who gave it, and my body to be buried, in a plain christian like manner by my Executor or Executors herein after named.
Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lydia my oald Horse and Gig, & Harniss fifty Barrels corn, three feather beds and furniture First choice, one thousand pounds pork salted two or three sows and pigs as She may like twenty head shoats of the second size four Ews and Lambs the first choice Two or three cows and calvs First choice one young yoke of pied oxen unbroke brought from Knots Island one canoe called the Rambler with the Timber and nails intended for her repairs also my young Mare called Bett and fifty dollars in cash to be paid Her by my Executor at some convenient time after the credits of my sale fall die to her and her heirs Forever.
Item It is my will and desire, that all my negroes together with the residue of my real and personal Estate, not herein before named, be sold at private or public sale, to the best advantage for the Interest of my Estate at the discretion of my Executor.
Having respect to the local situation of those of my negroes who have wives and husbands which I do not wish sold to be separated provided they cannot be sold in the manner without too great a sacrifice which I Leave to the discretion of my Executors and out of the Proceeds arising from said sale Together with all my money on hand and which is due me first to pay all my just debts and then to pay to my son John Butt HARDY one Hundred and fifty Dollars and then my will and desire is that my Executor or Executors retain in his or their hands five Hundred Dollars for each of my two sons Lemuel Coke and Henry Clark HARDY to be expended with the Interest that may acrew there on in the raising and educating them, or so much thereof as may be necessary For their support and education from time to time the Balance if any to be kept on Interest for their Benefit in the hands of my Executor or Executors without bond or security and out of the Balance of the Proceeds of Said &c. I Give to each of my Sons, Charles Wesley Edward Washington John Butt Lemuel Coke and Henry Clark HARDY one hundred Dollars each, & in case of the death of Either of my Sons Lemuel Coke or Henry Clark HARDY before they arrive to the age of Twenty one years, my will and desire is that the legacies or monies bequeathed To them as above mentioned and that which may herein after be given to them or such part there of as may not have been expended on them previous to their Decease, be equally divided among all my surviving Children or their heirs Lawfully begotten of their body and all the Balance of the proceeds arising from the sales my Estate as afore said together with whatever else may be remaining of my Estate after settling and paying the necessary Expenses of Settling the same I leave to be equally Divided between my sons William Jarvis, Thomas Asbury, Charles Wesley, Edward Washington, John Butt and Lemuel Coke and Henry Clark HARDY to them and their heirs forever and my will and desire is that the legacies or monies herein bequeathed to my Sons Lemuel Coke and Henry Clark HARDY remain In the hands of my Executor or Executors or some other person by him or them appointed to be kept on Interest untill they arrive to the age of Twenty one years and in case of the death of Either of them before they arive to the age of 21 years to be disposed of as herein before provided
Lastly I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Son William Jarvis HARDY my whole and sole Executor of this my Last will and testament without bond and security which I do not wish him to give In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 3 day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight Hundred thirty seven (1837)
/s/ Edward HARDY (seal)
Amanda E. HUGHS
Recorded and Examined the 12 day of June 1837
Attest John W. HUGHS C.C.C.
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