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In the name of God Amen.
I John HILL a citizen of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, being in a low state of bodily health, but of sound mind and disposing memory, do think it expidient to dispose of my worldy estate as follows.
Item. I lend to my Wife Elizabeth HILL during the term of her natural life or widowhood, the use and possession of a part of the lands and plantation, whereon I now live, being bounded as follows, beginning at a ditch on the westward part of the plantation adjoining the lands belonging to the heirs of John BOWEN dec'd, thence binding on said ditch nearly an east course through the plantation, thence a straight line through the woodland to a waterhole, at the head of a branch, thence northwardly, binding on said branch to the percoson, thence westwardly, binding on said percoson, the the mouth of a branch, being the line the line between the said land the lands of Doxey JONES, thence up said branch to a post, being a line post between said lands of Doxey JONES and the heirs of John BOWEN dec'd, thence southwardly to the first beginning containing by estimation forty five acres, be the same more or less. I further give and desire to her and her heirs forever one negro girl named Rose, one horse and two cows and calves of her own choice.
Item. I give and devise to my Son Luke HILL one dollar, to be paid to him by my executor.
Item. I give and devise to my Son Jessee HILL one dollar to be paid to him or his heirs by my executor.
Item. I give and devise to my three Daughters namely Polly, Lydia and Betsey HILL, during the term they may live single, the use and possession of all the residue of the lands and plantation whereon I now live, and also three acres of high land, being the southwest corner of the land which I purchased of Willis SIMMONS, to be equally divided between them, but at the death or marriage of either one or more of them, the share or portion according to such married once to go as I shall herein after direct. I further give to my Daughter Polly HILL and her heirs forever, one negro named Hannah and one bed and furniture, to my Daughter Lydia HILL one negro named Ellis, and one bed and furniture, to her and her heirs forever, and to my Daughter Betsey HILL, one negro named Joe and one bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and devise to my Grand Son Luke WHITEHURST and his heirs forever, all that portion, or part of the plantation, which is before given to my Wife during her life or widowhood, subject to the term of the life time or widowhood of my said Wife.
Item. I give and devise unto my Grand Son John HILL, and his heirs forever, all that part of my land and plantation which I have before divised to my three Daughters Polly Lydia and Betsey HILL, during the term they may live single to be come possessed of the same as they my said Daughters may intermarry or depart this life.
Item. I further give and devise to my Wife Elizabeth HILL and her heirs forever, all the property of every nature and kind which she was possessed of, and brought with her at the time of our intermarriage.
Item. I give and devise unto my Grand Son Caleb BURKETT, and his heirs forever, all that part of my plantation known by the name of the landing field, containing by survey fifty acres, upon the following condition that is to say, he is to pay to his Sister Polly BURKETT a debt of eighty dollars with the interest thereon, which I am owing to her, also to cancel a note which he holds against me without demanding further payment. I further give and devise to him and his heirs forever, one half of my marsh and percoson tract of land.
I further give and devise unto my Wife Elizabeth HILL and my three Daughters Polly, Lydia and Betsey HILL, the other half of my said tract of marsh and percoson to include the live oak Hummucks.
Item. I give and devise unto my Daughter Frances WHITEHURST one negro girl named Matilda, to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and devise unto my Daughter Anne MORSE, negro woman Nanney to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and devise unto my Daughter Sally BOULT one negro girl named Gracia, to her and her heirs forever.
I further order and direct that all the residue of my estate, be sold by my executor on a credit of six months, and the proceeds arising from such sale after my just and lawful debts are paid and discharged thereout to be equally divided between my five Daughters, Frances WHITEHURST, Anne MORSE, Polly, Lydia and Betsey HILL, and their heirs forever.
And lastly I constitute nominate and appoint William HOLT of the County of Princess Anne and State of Virginia, whole and sole executor to this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other will or wills by me heretofore made, either written or verbal. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal Feby 21st 1814.
/s/ John HILL seal
Signed sealed and published to be his Last Will and Testament in presence of us the words the "interest" in the 11th line of 3rd page of this will was interlined before assigned
Codicile to the foregoing will, for obvious resons I have thought proper to revoke the devise in the foregoing will to my Daughter Anne MORSE of negro woman Nanney. Item. I give and devise unto my Wife Elizabeth HILL the aforenamed negro Nanney to her and her heirs forever. It is further my will and desire that this codicile be taken and deemed as a part of my Last Will and Testament. Witness my hand and seal Feby 23d 1814.
Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)
[Note: Probate date is from Currituck County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions].
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