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Currituck County, In the name of God Amen, I Gideon MARCHANT being sick and weak in body but of a perfect sound memory Thanks be to the Almighty God for the same therefore and callin to mind the mortality of mans body knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that give it and as for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in christain like manner at the decrestion of my executors hereafter appointed and as for my worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and dispose the same in manner and form following that is to say---
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son Malachi MARCHANT the whole plantation whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever. as also one horse called Practice as also four ewes and lambs,
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Gideon MARCHANT Two negroe boys called Sam and Antoney as also two negroe girls called Area and Judd them and their increase to him and his heirs as also one feather bed and furniture.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Pressillar MARCHANT one negro man named Abela also one negroe woman Nam to them and their increase to her and her heirs lawfully of her body as also one feather bed and furniture as also one maple desk.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Betty WOODARD two negroes called Casther and Falica them and their increase to her and her heirs lawfully of her body.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Frankey MARCHANT two negroe girls called Sarah and Grace them and their increase to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body as also one feather bed and furniture.
Item: and my desire is that the rest of my estate should be sold and after paying my debts the money to be equeally divided among four of my children Betty WOODARD, Gideon MARCHANT, Presillar MARCHANT and Frankey MARCHANT except what the cattle are sold for that money Betty WOODARD is to have no part of---
Lastly I do apoint my Son Malachi MARCHANT and Richard CORBETT to be my true and lawfull executors denying all other will or wills whatsoever I do ordain that this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the thirtenth day of April one thousand seven hundred and seventy four---
/s/ Gideon [his mark] MARCHANT and a seal
Signed and sealed and delivered in Presents of
William [his mark] LEE
Recorded and examined the 4th day of October 1774
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