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John Mason
Aug. 15, 1720 - Jan. 10, 1721

In the Name of God Amen the 15th Day of August Anno Dominy 1720.  I John MASON of the Sandbanks of Currit[torn] In North Carolina being very Sick & weak of Body but of perfect and Sound Sence & Memory Calling to mind the mortality of my Body & knowing it is Appointed for all men once to Die Do Make & Ordain this my Last will & Testament in Manner And form following, That is to Say Principally & first of all I Give my Soul Into the Hands of God that Gave it me and my Body to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the Descretion of my Executx Hereafter Named And for my Worldly Estate I Give Devise & Dispose of In Manner following that is to Say

Imprimis  I Give & Bequeath to John EVANS one Cow & Calf Runing at Mary WILLES of my proper marke.

Item  I Give & Bequeth to my Son In Law Matthias TOLER one Pide Heifer which Came of a Cow Called Tide?.

Item  I Give & Bequeath to my Son In Law James TOLER Two Cows & Calves one Known by the Name of Trumpter & The other Strawberry.

Item  I Give & Bequeath to my Loveing Wife Ann MASON Whome I Leave whole & Sole Executrx of this my Last will & Testament After my Just Depts are Satisfied & paid my All the Remainder part of my Estate Both Chattles Hogs Houshold stuf? & Revoaking all other will or Wills Testaments or Legeces by me made Heretofore And this my Last will & Testament Utterly Revoaking Disanulling & Disalowing all other As Wittness my Hand & Seal the Day & year above written.
.    /s/ John [his marke] MASON        Seal

Signed Sealed published pronounced & Declared by John MASON as his Last will & Testament in presence of us
    Richard R WILLIAMSON
    Dennis [x] CALLIHERN
    John MARTYN

  North Carolina }
Currituck County}
    [first few words are unreadable] in Court in Lawful manner ____10th Day of Jany Anno Dom 1721 by The Oath of John MARTEN and was by ye Court ordd to be Returned to ye ______ office.
    Test
        signature unreadable but Gordon Jones states Jo. WICKER CCC

[Source: North Carolina State Archives - MARS ID: 12.96.1.1418 (folder)]

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