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In the name of God Amen, I Zadock JONES of the State of North Carolina Currituck County being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the descrection of my executors nothing doubting but at the general reserrection I will receive the same agane by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my eldest Son John JONES my plantation and land whereon I now live to him and his heirs assigns forever, likewise one half of the land as I bought of Levy FULFORD lying in Norfolk County in Virginia near a place known by the name of ould Sarver wood swamp, also one half of the marsh as my new entry holds joining of my plantation whereon I now live, likewise one hand mill and my hunting gun to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Docksea JONES my plantation and land I bought of ThomasS IVES binding on the rede branch likewise the other half of the tract of land as I bought of Levy FULFORD lying in Norfolk County in Virginia, also the half of my marsh as joins the said plantation as I bought of said Thomas IVES likewise one hand mill to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my two Daughters Rebeckah JONES and Freelove JONES all my negroes that is to say Malachi, Dinea, Cate, and their increase to them and their heirs forever the said negroes to be divided when the youngest of the two sisters arives to be eighteen year of age, and if either of the two sisters die without lawfull heir begotten of her body the said negroes is to fall to the one that is alive.
Item: I give and bequeath to Willoughby PARSONS and Elisabeth PARSONS Sun and Daughter of Aney PARSONS the plantation and tract of land as I bought of Caleb FENTON to them and their heirs forever and if either of the two children should die without lawfull heir begotten of their bodey the said land and plantation is to fall to the other that is alive and if both should die without such lawfull heir the land and plantation is to fall back to my heirs at law and if the rent of the said land and plantation should not be sofishent rase the said two children Sun and Daughter of Aney PARSON then my desire is that there should be a soefishent sum of money raised out of my estate to rase the two said children.
Item: I give and bequeath to Aney PARSONS ten pounds in money to be rased out of my estate provided she does not charge me for living with me sence my Wifes died nor charge for looking aft(worn off) in my sickness, provided she does charge then the gift to be void,
Item: my will and desire is that all the remainder of my estate both within doors and without dors is to be sold and the money collected and equally divided between my four children that is to say John JONES, Docksey JONES, Rebeckah JONES and Freelove JONES, also it is my desire that my two Sones should have a good eddecation as can be reasonable had in the cuntry, also it is my desire that my two Daughters should be taught to reed, further I do constitute and apoint my freinds Jonis BUTT and Edward WEST and John BOULT my executors to this my Last Will and Testament, likewise I doe publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament as witness my hand and seal this fist day of September Anno dom 1787 and in the eleventh year of our Independenes.
/s/ Zadock JONES seal
signed sealed, published and delivered in the presents of
Obediah WEST jurat
George [his mark] BUSH
William [his mark] PERSONS jurat
Recorded and exam. the 15th day of July 1788
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