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In the name of God, Amen. The tenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. I Solomon MILLER of the State North Carolina, in the County of Currituck, being in a low state of health and weak in body, but in sound mind and perfect memory, thanks be given unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body, knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God, that gave it; and for my body, I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christian and decent like manner at the discretion of my executor, nothing doubting but at general resurrection, I shall again receive the same, by the mighty power, of God, and as touching such worldy estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life. I give and divide and dispose of the same in manner and form following.
Imprimis. It is my will, and I do ordain that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied.
Item. I lend my beloved Wife Polly MILLER two feather beds of the first choice, during her life or widowhood, and afterwards to be divided equally between my two youngest children, namely John MILLER and Polly MILLER.
Item. I lend to my beloved Wife Polly MILLER two chest and two linen spinning wheels, and one bowfat and furniture, and fourteen head of sheep and three cows and calves, and one heifer of the first choice, three stears of the first choice, and a levin (11?) hogs, and one mare by the name of Starling: also all of my corn and pork that is now laid in for the families use: also all the kitchen furniture: also all the knives and forks and spoons, also three stocks of bees, also all the dungel stock, also all the flax in the straw, and all the cotton in the seed, all these articles after my beloved Wifes death or widowhood is to be sold and equally divided between my two youngest children, namely John and Polly MILLER.
Item. I give and bequeath one horse by the name of Britton to my Son William MILLER also two feather beds and one set of furniture, that he has now in possession one chest, also one safe, one pot and pot trammels, also two axes, also two cows and calves.
Item. I lend to belove Wife Polly MILLER, during her life or widowhood one hand mill, and after her death or widowhood. I give it to my Son William MILLER for ever, also, I lend to my beloved Wife Polly MILLER during her life or widowhood one pair of cards, also one pair of cart wheels, also all my plows, and hoes and axes, and all the empty barrels, also all the sitting chairs. The rest of my stock and property both in doors and out doors, I leave to be sold, and after all my just debts is paid, the money to be equally divided between my two youngest children namely, John and Polly MILLER. Lastly I nominate, contitute and appoint Dennis SIMMONS, my whole and sole executor to this my Last Will and testament, see the same done and performed. In testimony whereof thereunto set my hand and fix my seal.
/s/ Solomon [His x mark] MILLER seal
William WATERFIELD jurat
Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)
[Note: Probate date is from Currituck Co. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions].
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