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William Lu
rry
March 25, 1816- Feb. Term 1817
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, pp. 91-92

In the name of God, Amen. I William LURY of the State of North Carolina and Currituck County, being low in health, but of a sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, knowing that it is appointed for all men one to die, do make and ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament, in manner following. Viz.

Imprimis: I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Pheobe LURRY all the property I got by her when I married her, also one horse called Indian, one riding chair and harness, one cow and yearling, two sows and pigs, two ewes and lambs, and all of the house hold and kitchen furniture, to her and her heirs forever, I also lend to my beloved Wife Pheobe LURRY one negro woman named Grace, one negro man named Jesse, one negro man named Jeffrey, during her natural life.

Item: I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Meriam FORBES after the death of my beloved Wife the negro woman named Grace, to her and her heirs forever. Also one bed and furniture, after the death of my Wife to her and heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Claricy FORBES after the death of my Wife one negro man named Jeffery, to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Polly FORBES one negro man named March, one half of the whole of my books, to her and her heirs forever, also I give the use of that tract of land whereon Demcy FORBES now lives, bounded by a line of marked trees, called sixty acres to my Daughter Polly FORBES and her Husband Demcy FORBES jointly, during their natural lives, and after the death of either, I give and bequeath the said land to the one who longest survives to them and their heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my Daughter Polly FORBES one bed and furniture, which she now has in possession, to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sally ETHRIDGE one desk, two chests and two feather beds and furniture, which she now has in possession, to her and her heirs forever and one dutch pan for the use of the plantation.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Meriam BALDEN twenty shillings, together with the property she has already had to her full share of my estate, to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son-in-Law Jeremiah ETHRIDGE one half of the whole of my books to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my Grand Son Croon CHURCH my silver watch, to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give the use of one negro man Jesse, after the death of my Wife to my Daughter Sally ETHRIDGE, during her natural life, and after the death of my Daughter Sally ETHRIDGE, I give and bequeath him the said negro man Jess to my Grand Daughter Penelope ETHRIDGE, to her and her heirs forever. It is my will and desire that if my old negro man Jonas should live untill he cannot support himself, that he should be supported out of my estate. My will and desire is that the remainder of my estate not already given away shall be sold by my executors and after paying my just debts funeral expences, that the money arising therefrom, shall be equally divided between my Wife, and Daughter Polly FORBES, and Sally ETHRIDGE, during their natural lives, and after the death of one, I give and bequeath all the money arising from the sales of my estate to the survivor to them and their heirs forever.

Lastly I nominate and appoint my two Sons-in-Law Demcy FORBES and Jeremiah ETHRIDGE Executors to this my Last Will and Testament, revoking all former will by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this the twenty fifth day of March one thousand and eight hundred and sixteen.
    /s/ William LURRY     seal

signed sealed published and declared in the presence of
    B. BELL
    C. BELL
[or possibly BEST]     jurat

Recorded and examined the (blank)

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