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Oct. 1, 1781* - Sept. 16, 1781 (sic)
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 168

In the name of God Amen, I Jemimah MOORCRAFT of Currituck County being very sick but of sound and disposing memory Thanks be to God for it and knowing that I was bornd to die, do make constitute ordain and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament revoking and annulling every other wills, testaments heretofore by me made or thereby word or writing, and for the settling my temporal estate I do order give and dispose of the same in manner following Wits---

I leave the use of all my land and other estate to my well beloved Son Peter PARKER as long as he lives but not so as to sell or waste any part of it.

I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Elisabeth PARKER Daug. of Peter PARKER all my land where I now live on to her and her heirs forever, I also give to my above mentioned Grand Daughter all the rest of my estate within doors and without to her and her heirs for ever.  I also appoint my Son Peter PARKER and my friend Jesse SIMMONS, to be my whole and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixd my seal this first day of October 1781*.
    Jemimah [her j mark] MORECRAFTY**    seal

sign'd seal'd pronounced and declared in presence
    Moses McCLANNING
[her mark] McCLANNING
[her mark] SIMMONS

Recorded and exam. Sept. 16th 1781
    Test Wm. FEREBEE C. C.

*One of the dates in this will is apparently inaccurate; Jemimah could not have written her will (Oct. 1, 1781) after it was recorded (Sept. 16, 1781). Since there were several wills recorded by Wm. FEREBEE on this date (wills of Jacob TOWNSEND, Elener ETHERIDGE, Joseph BERNARD, Moses McCLANNAHAN), my opinion is that when Wm. FEREBEE recorded Jemimah MOORCRAFT's will in the book, he entered the wrong year for the writing of the will.

**Jemimah's signature (not original, but copied by Wm. FEREBEE into the book) has been written over and has the appearance of "MORECRAFTY." However, she is likely the same woman who appears on the 1779 Currituck Co. tax list as Jemimah MORECRAF, so MOORCREFT or MORECRAF or some similar variation is probably more accurate. This is the same person who is listed in a Jones abstract as "Jemmiah MOORRESST." --M. H.]

This will was contributed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. If you find anything in these records that pertains to your families, it is strongly suggested that you look at the original record on your own to check for errors or possibly other additional and helpful information. Thank you!




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