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Francis
Morse
Nov. 20, 1819 - August Term 1821
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, pp. 151-152

The last will and Testament of Francis MORSE dec. & exhibited and proved at August term 1821.

In the name of God, amen. I Francis MORSE of the county of Currituck in the state of North Carolina; being of a sound and perfect mind and memory; blessed be god for the same, do this twentieth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following: that is to say

Item. I lend the use of all that plantation my son Peter MORSE lived on to Mary MORSE his wife for the space of six years, clear of rent or any other encumbrances. After the term of six years is expired from the above date, I give and bequeath the aforesaid land and plantation to my grandson James MORSE the son of Peter MORSE to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph MORSE the land and plantation he now lives on in Perquimans County which land I bought of Thomas RAPEE and fifty dollars in cash and one cow and calf and of his wife Sally MORSE should be the longest lives, I lend the use and benefit of the aforesaid plantation to her during her life and unto him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Caleb MORSE the land and plantation he now lives on, formally belonging to Hillary MORSE and one half of my part of the land I bought of John WOMSLEY his half joining the aforesaid land that was Hillary MORSE's, and one negro girl by the name of Lucy to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son John MORSE the tract land I bought of William BRAY __(?), including both pieces, one cow and heifer yearling one bed and furniture he now has in possession and twenty five dollars to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Davis MORSE the plantation by the name of Tuckers, containing one hundred thirty six acres more on less, and one other tract of land I bought of Hillary FANCHER containing fifty acres more on left, one bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jinny BALLENTINE one negro man by the name of Mark, one negro women by the name of Rachel, and one negro girl by the name of Carissa to her and her heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Love MATTHIAS one negro man by the name of David, one negro girl by the name of Lydia, one negro by the name Will, a half dozen stool chairs, and the property she now has in her possession, to her and her heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth MORSE one negro boy the name of Aaron, one negro boy by the name of Jacob, one negro boy by the name of Spence, one desk, one bowfat and furniture, a half dozen green flag chairs, one bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandson Francis MORSE, the son of Peter MORSE, the land and plantation I now live on and the other half of the land I bought from John WOMSLEY to him and his heirs forever. I give and bequeath unto my three daughters Jinny BALLENTINE, Love MATTHIAS and Elizabeth MORSE all my money notes and judgments, and all my household and kitchen furniture not willed away, all my bees and dunghill fowls to be equally divided between my before mentioned daughters to them and their heirs forever. Lastly I give and bequeath unto my seven before mentioned children and my four grandchildren namely Joshua MORSE, Nancy MORSE, Polly MORSE, and Peter MORSE the residue of my estate to be equally divided between them, to them and their heirs forever. And I hereby make and ordain my son Davis MORSE and my son in law Davis BALLENTINE Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Francis MORSE have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
    /s/ Francis [his x mark] MORSE

Signed, sealed and published and declared by the said Francis MORSE the testator as his last will in the presence of us who were present at the time of signing and sealing thereof.

Witnesses
    Hollowell WILLIAMS jurat
    Ann MORSE
    Sarah MORSE             jurat

Recorded and examined the 17th day of November 1819 (sic)

This will was contributed by Bryan Davis. 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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