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John Northen of Albemarle County
1712 - July 14, 1714
[This will had very few t's crossed.  I have crossed the t's in this transcription to avoid confusion]

In the name of god Amen: I John NORTHEN SENr of the precinct of Currituck In albemarl County in the province of north Carrolina being Sick and weake in body but of Sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to god therefore, Knowing the uncertainty of this life and ye Certainty of death do therefore make this my Last will and Testament and disanuling all other wills by me formerly made; I doe ordain this to be my Last will and testament In manner and form following, first I resign my Soul to god that gave itt and my body to the Earth from whence it was taken hopeing for a joyfull resurrection at the last day through the merrits of of [sic] my Blessed Lord and Saviour jesus Christ and as touching that worldly Estate which it hath pleased almighty god to bestow upon me I give Devise and bequeath In Manner and form following (Vizt Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my Loving wife Elizabeth all my Estate both real and personal wheresoever and of what nature and kind forever which I now am or which at time hereafter I Shall be possesed of for and during the term of her natural Life and if She Shall remain a widdow But if She Shall marry to any other person after my decease then I give and bequeath unto her only the third part of all my Said Estate both real and personal; Excepting only my Lott in york town In ye Collony of Virginia which I wholely give and bequeath with all and Singular ye appertenances thereunto belonging unto my Said Loving wife Elizabeth to use or dispose of at her discretion) and ye Remainder thereof Immediatly after ye marriage of my Said wife as aforesaid I give and bequeath to be Equally devided between my two sons John NORTHEN and Phillip NORTHEN to have and to hold to them the Said John NORTHEN and Phillip NORTHEN and their heirs and assignes for Ever.

Item my will and meaning is that my plantation whereon I now live known by the name of powels point Containing five hundred and Sixty five acres of Land be Excepted in ye deviding ye remainder part of my Estate between my two Sons John and Phillip NORTHEN which Shall remain to be devided between my Said two Sons after my abovesd wife Elizabeth If She Should marry to any other person after my decease hath had ye third part of my Estate as already mencioned which Said plantation as aforesd known by the name of powels point Containing five hundred and Sixty five acres with all and Singular the appertenances thereunto belonging I give and bequeath unto my Son John NORTHEN for Ever without Entailment.

Item I will and bequeath unto my Son John NORTHERN one negro man named Sambo & one negro boy named Jeffry [the rest of this line almost completely gone because of a crease].

Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Phillip NORTHEN one negro woman [torn] Kiseah with all her future Increase & one negro boy named George which Said negroes given unto my two Sons as above mencioned and their heirs for Ever Is by my will to be delivered or taken into possesion by my two Sons Immediatly after ye decease of my abovesd wife Elizabeth.

Item I will and bequeath unto my two Sons John and Phillip NORTHEN two hundred and fifty Acres of Land upon ye Sandy banks which I purchased of David BLAKE with Another parcell of Land which I Took up and Surveyed Adjoining to ye Said land yt I purchased of David BLAKE which Said two parcels of Land with all & Singular The appertenances thereunto belonging I give and bequeath unto my Said two Sons & their heirs for Ever to be Equaly Devided between them.

Item my will and pleasure is that all whatsoever is bequeathed to my Son Phillip NORTHEN by this my Last will & Testament be under ye Care and in possesion of my Son John NORTHEN untill my Son Phillip NORTHEN Attain to ye age of one & twenty years.

Item I give and devise unto my two Sons John and Phillip NORTHEN & their heirs for Ever all and Singular ye residue of my Estate both real & personall of what nature & kind forever to be Equally devided between them Excepting ye bequeath above mencioned to remain as already disposed of and Lastly I do ordain and appoint my Loving wife Elizabeth to be Sole Executrix of this my Last will & Testament but if it Shall happen that my Said wife Should depart This life before me then I make & ordain my Son John NORTHEN Executor of this my Last will & Testament In Witness whereof I ye first mencioned John NORTHEN SENr have to this my Last Will & Testament Contained in one Sheet of paper Sett my hand & Seal this [blank] day of [blank] Anno Domi 1712.
    /s/ John NORTHEN

Signed Sealed published and Declared In presence of
    Daniel McFARLAND
    John WHEDBEE
    John BASSFOOD?/BASSFORD?

 This Within Written Will Was Proved in Open Court in Lawfull Manner in ye Prect of Corotuck ye 14th Day of July Anno Dom 1714 By ye Oath of John WHEDBEE.
    Test  Jos WICKER Clk Cort

[Source: North Carolina State Archives - MARS ID: 12.96.1.1621 (folder)]

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