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In the name of God Amen, I Jacob LITCHFIELD of the County of Currituck being very weak in body but perfect in mind and memory thanks be unto God for it, having a mind to settle my worldly business do make this my Last Will and Testament, and dispose of my worldly goods in manner and form as follows and revoaking all other wills formerly by me made.
Item I lend the use of all my lands and moveable property to my beloved Wife Elizabeth LITCHFIELD during her widowhood, except the half of Fresh Pond Island , I leave to be sold by my executor, at private or publick sale as he thinks most advisable, for her to sell for her and the families use any part of said moveable property so as to raise my children without any claim and carrying into court, and farther desire for her to give my children equel schooling my wish is for her to keep my Negro Will so long as he remains obedient and if disobedient for her to hire him out to help support her and my children.
Item: after the death of my Wife Elizabeth LITCHFIELD my will is that all my property boath land and moveable property to be sold at publick sale and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided amongst all my children now bornd and that my Wife is pregnant with boath male and female but should my Wife marry my wish is that my lands be rented as she and have the one third of the moveable property sold at her marriage by my executor. My wish is that my Wife give my Son William LITCHFIELD an opportunity of living with her so as to help him and to raise my other children as she and he can agree. Should they disagree for her to have the whole rule over the property as above mentioned.
I constitute and appoint my friend Malachi JONES my whole and sole executor to this my Last Will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused my seal to be affixed this 17th day of March 1805.
/s/ Jacob [His mark] LITCHFIELD seal
Recorded and examined the 12th June Anno Dom 1805
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