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In the name of God Amen, March 13th day Anno Domina 1791 I Jacob LITCHFIELD of Currituck County State of North Carolina being well stricken in years but of perfect sences and memory Thanks be to God for the same, and knowing the uncertainty of this transitory life and it is appointed once for to die am minded to settle my estate in manner and form following, that is to say, I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament and first and principally I give and bequeath my soul unto God who gave it hoping that through the merits of Jesus Christ my blessed redeemer I shall receive forgiveness and permission for all my sins and my body to be buried in ye earth in such decent and christian order as my executors hereafter named shall think meet and for what worldly goods God in lhis mercery hath lent unto me I give and bequeath as followeth.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son John LICHFIELD the plantation that he the said John LICHFIELD now lives on joining Michael WATERFIELD land to him and his heirs forever. Likewise I give my Son John LITCHFIELD the peace of land I bought of Bartholmew MURRY with all the preveledges belonging there to him and his heirs forever. And I give to my Son John LITCHFIELD a pease of land runing from ye peace of land I had of MURRY down by SMITHs line down to the river side and from thence a south corse to a ceder stake and from thence a west course to MURRYs line at a ceder stake to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Jacob LETCHFIELD the one half of the plantation and tract of land whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever and runing as followeth begining at John LITCHFIELDs line at a cedor stake at ye river side and so runing a south course to a ceder stake half way to Thomas WILLIAMS line and so runing a westerly course by marked trees up to the head of the land to him and his heirs forever.
Likewise I give and bequeath unto my Son Ezekiel LICHFIELD the other half of my plantation and tract of land whereon I now live binding on Thomas WILLIAMS line and runing from a pine at ye river side a north course to a ceder stake half way to John LICHFIELDs line and from thence a westerly course by marked trees up to ye head of the land as above said to him and his heirs forever.
Likewise I give to my Son John LICHFIELD one bed and furniture with a cotten tick.
And give unto my Son Ezekiel LICHFIELD one bed and furniture.
Likewise I give unto my Daughter MaryNEWEL five shillings in money.
And I give unto my Daughter Elisabeth EVANS one red heffer.
Likewise I give to my Daughter Comfort WATERFIELD pied heffer.
Likewise I give unto my Son Jacob LITCHFIELD one cow and calf.
Likewise I lend all the remaining part of my estate both without and within doors to my Wife Comfort during her widow hood after my just debts are paid and after her decease to be equelly divided between my five children John LICHFIELD, Jacob LICHFIELD, Ezekiel LICHFIELD, Elizabeth EVINS and Comfort WATERFIELD after taking out of ye estate one very good bed to be divided between my Sons John, Jacob, Ezekiel, and Comfort.
Likewise I do make ordain constitute ______________ ____________ two Sons _______ LITCHFIELD and Jacob LITCHFIELD [rest of the bottom of the page worn off] In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
/s/ Jacob [his mark] LICHFIELD and a seal
signed sealed publish delivered in presence of us
Cornelius [his mark] BEASLEY
Recorded and examined 2 day of February 1792
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