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In the name of God Amen, I William LEE of Currituck County Province of N. Carolina, being old and weak in health but of sound and perfect memory Thanks be to God for it, and calling to mind the uncertain estate (worn off) transitory life and that all flesh must yield to death, when it is pleas God to call and for the settling of my temporal estate which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I do ordain give and dispose of the same in manner and form following Viz.
Impremise: I give to my Son William LEE the land and plantation whereon I now live up to the slab line that parts plantation and the end of the ridge called Creefs Folly which I have lesed to Thomas FANSHAW for twenty years to him and his heirs for ever.
Item: I give the remainder part of my land which I have lesed to Thomas FANSHAW when the leese is axpired or Thomas FANSHAW leaves Sd. land unto my two Sons Daniel LEE and Thomas LEE to be equally divided and if either of the Sons Daniel or Thos. LEE does not think fit to live on his part to give his Brother the first offer, and if either of Sd. Sons should die without heir or lawfull issue begotten of his body then the land to return to the other and his heirs lawfully begotten forever. and if they both should die then my will and desire is that my Son William LEE have that land him and his heirs forever.
Item: My will and desire is that my well beloved Wife Anne LEE have the use of my whole estate during the time she continues and lives a widow and after her death or day of mariage then to be equally divided between my children that is living at that time to them and theirs forever.
I also appoint my well beloved Wife Anne LEE and my trusty friend Daniel LEE to be my whole and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament to pay and discharge first my debts and then my legacies. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 17th day of January 1769.
/s/ William [his mark] LEE and a seal
Signd, seald and delivered in presence of us
Hilary SIMMONS jurat
Recorded and exam. this 26th day of Dec. 1781(?)
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