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John
Humphries
Dec. 19, 1795 - July 14, 1796
Currituck Co. Will Book 2, pp. 80-85

State of North Carolina, Currituck County

In the name of God Amen, I John HUMPHREYS of the County of Currituck, being through the abundant mercy and goodness of God, this week in body, yet of sound and perfect understanding and memory, do constitute this my Last Will and Testament and desire it may be received as such.

First I humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker and desire my burial may be decent without pomp. As to my worldly estate I will and order first that all my just debts be paid----

I give and bequeath unto my Son John HUMPHRIES the plantation and land where I now live begining at the North River near Indian Town Bridge at a marked log cypress apart of the wharf at the edge of the water then a streight course to a warnut(sic) tree near my store house then along the main road to a white oake the corner between Ferebee WILLIAMS and myself then along my new road that I made to divide my land between my Son John and my daughter Lydia, to John and Thomas SAWYERs line then binding on SAWYERs line to Isles SIMMONS line then binding on SIMMONS line along deep run or James run to the North River then up the North River as the river runs to the first station to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body for ever.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son John HUMPHRIES all and singular that land plantation swamp and whereon my deceased Brother Thomas HUMPHRIES lived untill his death lying and being in the County of Camden near the COWEL house unto him my Son John his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever,

I give and bequeath unto my Son John HUMPHRIES a piece of land and swamp lying between North River and John DAUGEs orchard begining at a gum then runing across the point binding on DAUGEs line to a gum then binding on DAUGESs line to North River then up the river as the river runs to DAUGEs line then binding on DAUGEs line to the first station unto him his heirs lawfully begotten of his body for ever----

I give and bequeath unto my Son John HUMPHRIES one third part of cypress swamp begining at the water DAILEYs line then runing up North River to DAUGEs line one third part of the distance to the hight land then runing various courses so as to include one third part of the swamp to DAILEYs line then binding on DAILEYs line to North River the first station to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever----

I give and bequeath unto my Son John HUMPHRIES one negro boy named Demse one negro girl named Amy one young sorrel mare one bridle and saddle two feather beds and furniture unto him his heirs for ever.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Lydia HUMPHRIES one tract of land part of that tract of land I bought at Tho. MACKNIGHTs vandue to the north and east of John HUMPHRIES new road begining at John and Thomas SAWYERs line at an old elem stump, then runing and binding on Sawyers line to Sams run then binding on Griffith DAUGEs and other lines to Wm. FEREBEEs line then binding on Wm. FEREBEEs line to the new road then along the new road to the first station unto her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body for ever----

I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Lydia HUMPHRIES one negro girl named Lucy one negro boy named Jack one sorrel mare and her colt, six cows and calves if not calves to make the number have yearlings instead thereof two feather beds and furniture one small mohogany table unto her and her heirs for ever----

I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Nancy HUMPHRIES one tract of land plantation marsh etc. that is situated lying and being on Churches Island between James WHITE land and Joseph GRAYs land and so from sound to Bay unto her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body forever. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Nancy HUMPHRIES one third part of a parcel of bank land north etc. called Deep Neck and the other two thirds I give and bequeath unto my Son John and my Daughter Lydia to be equally divided between my three children John, Lydia and Nancy unto them their heirs lawfully begotten of their bodys for ever.

I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Nancy HUMPHRIES one negro woman named Rose one negro man named Solomon one negro girl named Hannah one negro boy named Jem, six cows and calves on Churches Island and the cows and calves is to be left on the plantation and taken care of and stock raised for the benifit of my Daughter Nancy it is my will and desire that Rose stay on Churches Island in the kitchen room where she commonly stays and labour and take care of the stock for the benifit of my Daughter Nancy untill she comes of age or marrys, (if Nancy dies before she marrys or comes of age then the property is to be eqully divided between my Son John and Daughter Lydia) two feather beds and furniture which negros stock and beds mention- ed I give unto her the said Nancy HUMPHRIES her herirs lawfully begotten of her body for ever.----

My will and desire is that my beloved Wife Mary HUMPHRIES be not interupted from living occupying the house we now live in during her widdowhood and one third part of the land and plantation agreeable as the law points out and it is my will and desire that my beloved Wife Mary HUMPHRIES have the use of the following property during her natural life that is to say, Sungate, Marke, Sall and her increase that she may hereafter have six cows and calves and if there is not calves to make the number one yoke of oxen and ox cart, one bay horse Janus, one bay mare and her coult one young horse one and a half years old, have four fatt hogs that is at the Island have twenty hogs of her choice that is at Indian Town, five ewes and a ram, one stear that is lame in one foot, fifty barrels of corn all the sugar, coffee, mollasses, rum and brand that I have laid in for our winter stores, three plows and tackle, four hoes, three axes, one pr. iron wedges, one grindstone, one hand mill, ten bushels salt, all the wheat in the smoke house, two iron pots, one spider, two pr. dog irons, one candle stand, one tea table, one large square table, all the sitting chairs, one bar of iron, one chest, pewter dishes, and plates, enough for her use pails, tubs, piggins, one case knives and forks table and tea spoons, one linnen wheel one woling wheel one pr. cotten cards, one pr. wool cards, one loom gurs and stays, one hundred weight of flax from the brake.

My will and desire that the following lands swamp etc. be sold to raise money to pay of my just debts one tract of land up Tulles Creek that I bought of Isles SIMMONS one tract of swamp and marsh at the head of Cowinjock Bay one tract of land and swamp back of Mr. Samuel SALYEARs and Joseph GRAY land seventy five acres, one tract of swamp called the Lorrel Swamp the piece I bot. of Mr. Joseph FEREBEE, tract of juniper swamp up the head of East Creek that I bot. of Jeremiah MERCER SEN. , one tract of juniper swamp up the head of North River that I bot. of James FEREBEE all the new entrys to be sold as tha now stand and the neat pounds arising from the sales of the entrys all but one up head of East Creek one half of which belongs to Mr. Isles SIMMONS one tract of sasseress swamp very valuable in Camden County down North River near LURRYs, the swamp I bot. of Capt. James DUNLOP now I go the negros I wish sold and other property to be sold on the same terms to pay my just debts, one negro woman named Sabe, one negro man named Tom blind, one negro girl named Easter without my Daughter Lydia would prifare Easter rather than the girl Lucy which I have given her Lucy may be sold instead of Easter and Easter become the property of Lydia on the room of Lucy as Lydia pleases to change so the gift of Lucy is void and Easter becomes the property of my Daughter Lydia the above mentioned land and negros is all that I mean to leave to be sold of my property acquired myself now I go on my stock of all kind plantations tools, furniture, lumber, my slogh riging iron boat etc. and corn, pease and every other which that I have not allready given away to my beloved children and loaned to my beloved Wife Mary HUMPHRIES all which that I have mentioned to be sold to pay of my just debts should there be a residue my will and desire is that the ballance be equally divided between my three children John, Lydia, and Nancy. Now I go on the property of deceased Brother Thomas HUMPHRIES in Camden and Pasquotank Countys all but that tract of land and where my Brother lived that belonged to my Father, that tract I have given to my Son John, the remainder of the lands plantations and that is not all ready given to my Son John, in Camden County my will and desire is that my Son John HUMPHRIES have one half and the remainder be equally divided between my two Daughters Lydia and Nancy HUMPHRIES.

The lands swamp etc. that lyes in the County of Pasquotank one tract on Holly Creek, one tract of sypress swamp near the BROTHERS, one or two pieces of sypress swamp lying near Newbegun Creek Bridge very valuable for a hoosing fishery all them lands and swamps is my desire should be sold for the benefit of my estate.

I nominate and appoint my son John HUMPHRIES, Thomas Cooper FEREBEE, Joseph FEREBEE, Samuel FEREBEE, and William NEAVIL my lawfull executors to act and settle my business, given under my hand and seal this 19th day of December 1795.
    /s/ John HUMPHRIES     and a seal

Test. John ROBERTSON     jurat
        Sam. JARVES


Recorded and examined this 14th day of July 1796

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