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I Samuel JASPER of the county of Currituck and State of North Carolina, being of sound memory but considering the mortality of the body, do will and devise which property it hath been please the Almighty to bless me with as follows
1st I wish my executors with the advice of my Wife to sell as much of my property (such as she can best spare) as will discharge every lawful claim against my estate.
2nd. I lend the use of all my property boath real and personal to my Wife Lovey JASPER during her widdowhood and after her intermariage should that be the case as or after her death I will and devise as follows.
3rd. after her intermarriage or death of my Wife I give and bequeath to my Son Samuel all the land and marsh on Knotts together with all the improvements thereon that I am now possessed with to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever.
4th. after the death or intermarriage of my Wife, I give and bequeath unto my five children Salley, Betsey, Lovey, Samuel and Caty Tyler JASPER [deeds in Bk. 14 indicate this was Catherine Toler Jasper Bell, who later married Hillary Bell], all the residue of my property boath negroes, stock, household and kitchen furniture and every other spices of property unto me belonging as Thoroughfair Island in North River entered by Capt. Caleb WHITE decd with Esq. SIMMONS entery taker as may be seen on record, also my part of my ouck swamp formerly occupied by Edward DOUGHTY to be appraised and equally divided amongst said five children or their heirs lawfully begotten on their bodies forever, and either of said children should die without lawful issue its part or legacy to return to the surviving children, namely Sally, Betsey, Lovey, Samuel, and Caty Tiler or the surviveors of them five.
5th I wish my Wife to make all the profits she can by hiring out the negroes, sailing or selling Schooner Harmony for discharging my debts and supporting my children during her widdowhood.
6th I appoint Capt. John MACKIE and Col. Andrew DUKE my sole executors to this my Last Will desiring them as the last service they can render me to see this my Last Request and desire punitualy fullfilled according to the exsess meaning and to see my children well educated and watch over their morals and at years of sufficent age to seek some mechancal occupation for Samuel, such as he seems most propense to, provided his Mother dies or marries I desire him never to come under a Father inl aw or any man save either of my executors or such master as they shall or may think proper in testimony whereof I have set my hand 23rd August one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight.
/s/ Saml JASPER
John F. HAMMOND
Recorded and examined this 14th day of June 1801
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