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Malachi
Marchant
Jan. 30, 1785 - May 10, 1785
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, pp. 204-205

In the name of God Amen, I Malachi MARCHANT of Currituck County, being at this time weak in body and sick but of a disposing mind and memory, and in perfect sences Thanks bee to God for the same do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, of all I give and recommend my sole into the hands of God who gave it and my body to bee buried in a christian like manner and as for my worldly estate which it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me in this life I give and dispose of in the following manner---

Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife Lydia MARCHANT one third part of my plantation and land whereon I now live during her natural life or widowhood, Also I give to my Wife Lydia one mare called Friely and fifteen barrels of corn and ten head of hogs and two cows and calves and four head of sheep and two stocks of bees one bed and furniture one linnen and wollen wheel and six sitting chairs, one saddle, two pots and two pewter dishes and one frying pan, one mill, one chest, two barrels of pork, one (worn off)

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Jurdan MARCHANT the plantation whereon I now live to him and his heirs also one young horse also one gun, and all my wearing cloes.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Edney MARCHANT one plantation(?) known by the name of Dunkines, one part of the plantation lies in Virginia and the other part in Carolina to her and to heirs lawfully begotten of her body, Also one mare called Metal, one young horse called Rubee(?) one bed and furniture also one desk or juniper chest---

Item: I give and bequeath unto Maxamilla REED the Daughter of my (worn off) who was born before we were married one negroe girl called Clos to her and to her heirs lawfully begotten, also one bofatt mehogny table, one juniper chest, one bed, two head of ca (worn) three head of sheep.

My desire is that if Jurdon MARCHANT and Edney MARCHANT should die without lawfull heir that all that I have given them the said Jordan MARCHANT and Edney MARCHANT should fall to Maximilla REED the Daughter of my Wife and my desire is that if Maximilla REED the Daughter of my Wife should die without lawfull heir of her body all that I have given to the said Maximilla REED the Daughter of my Wife should be divided between Jordon MARCHANT and Edney MARCHANT and as to the remainder of my estate that is not given away my desire is that it should sold and after paying my debts the money if any should be divided between Edney MARCHANT and Maximille REED the Daughter of my Wife.

And I do appoint my Wife Lydia MARCHANT and Kedar MULDER my whole and sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament whereunto I have set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five.
    /s/ Malachi MARCHANT     seal

sealed and delivered in the presence of
    Ked. MARCHANT jurat
    Rich. CORBETT     jurat

Recorded and examined May 10th 1785

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