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In the name of God Amen, I William MEEKENS of Currituck County being well stricken in years but in perfect memory and knowing that it is appointed for all flesh once to die and knowing not how soon or sudden it may be my lot to depart this life I therefore make and appoint this my Last Will and Testament disallowing all former wills allowing this and no other to be my Last Will and Testement therefore first of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my executors not fearing at the great day but to receive a more glorous body by the wonderfull working of God who is able to subdue all things to himself and as touching my worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I give and bequeath in manner and form as followeth.
Item: I will and bequeath to my Daughter Mary one shilling sterling.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Jemima one shilling sterling.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son Roger one shilling sterling.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son William one shilling sterling.
Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife Elisabeth MICKENS all the remaining part of my estate during her widowhood and at the time of her mariage to be equally divided between my four Sons Caleb MICKENS, Rich. MICKENS, John MICKENS and Moses MICKENS.
Item: I give and bequeath to my four Sons Caleb, Richard, John, and Moses to them and their heirs lawfully begotten of their bodys forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son Caleb one desk and one feather bed and furniture.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son Richard one feather bed and furniture and two guns one which was my own shooting piece and the other the gun I formerly Lent my Son Jacob.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Nice one feather bed.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son John one feather bed.
Item: I give and bequeath all my moveable estate to be equeally divided between my five youngest children.
Item: I nominate appoint my well beloved Wife Elisabeth MICKENS and my Son William MICKENS executors of my Last Will and Testement in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of December 1774.
/s/ William [his W mark] MICKENS and a seal
Rec. and examined the 22 day of Aprail 1775
[Note: the executors to this will did not qualify. See court information at top of will of Lemuel Saunderson]
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