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Thomas Oliver
Feb. 4, 1743/44 - Apr. 2, 1745

In the name of god Amen.  I Thomas OLIVER of hatteras being Very Sick and Weke of body but of parfect Mind and Memory knowing it is appointed once for all Men to duy I Make This My last Will and testament first of all I Give and Commit My Soule into the hand of God that gave it and My bodey to the Earth and to be desently bewried at the discreton of My Executors or Exetrisses and as for What Worly Good itt hath bin plesed god to indew Me With all I dispose of in Manner and forme as followet after My Dept and funarrel Charges are paid viz.

I Give and be queath to my wife Phebey OLIVER one good bead and furniture also twenty Weight of peutor and one Eaqual halfe of My Negroman Winsor.

Item I Give and be Queath to My Well beloved Son Joseph OLIVER the Other halfe of My Neagrow Man Winser also I give to My Son Joseph this plantation that I Now Live one [on] Called Oyster Shell banks With one good bead and furnitor.

Item I give and b Queath to My Well beloved Son Thomas OLIVER one plantation Called the peachtree Ridg Near ajesent to the formor one hatteras and tenn pounds Starling With Each of My Sons Joseph and thomas a young breading Maire.

Item I Give and bequeath to my Well beloved Daughter Sarah OLIVER one young Maire two Cows and Calves one bead and furneture two dishes and three plates.

further I Give and be Queath to my Well beloved Wife Phebe OLIVER the yous [use] of all the Residew of My Movebel Estate for the bringing Up of My afore Said Children dewring her Natural Life or Widdowhood and after that to be Eaqually devided betwene My two Sons Joseph OLIVER Thomas OLIVER and My Daughter Sarrah OLIVER further I do Constitute and appoint My Well beloved father in Law Job CARR and My Well beloved Wife Phebe OLIVER to be My Sole Exeutor and Exetris for this My Last Will and testament Ratifing and No Other to be allowed in witnis wher of I have hear unto Set My hand and Seale this forth day of febary In ye year of our Lor 1743/4.
    /s/ Thomas OLIVER

Signed Sealed and acknoladged in the presens of
    Georg [hir(sic) C mark] HOWARD
    Elisabeth [his(sic) mark] JACKSON
    Georg [his mark] SCARBROUGH SENER

  North Carolina  } At a Court held for the County of Currituck on Tuesday the 2d Day of April 1745
Currituck County}
    These may Certifie that George HOWARD on [one] of the Subscribing Evidences to the within will appeared in Open Court made Oath on the Holy Evanglest that he was present and saw Thomas OLIVER Sign Seal Publish and Declare the within to be & Contain his last will & Testament & that the said Thomas OLIVER was then & at [next word cut off] Time of Sound & Disposing Memory and that he also see George SCARBROGH & Elizabeth JACKSON the Other Subscribing Evidences Sign their Names thereto at the Same Time Then also appeared Job CARR and Phebe OLIVER Executors in open Court & took the Executors Oath in Due form of Law.
    Ordered that the Honourable Nathaniel RICE Esqr Secretary of this Province have Notice thereof [cut off] Letters Testamentory Issue thereon as the Law Directs.
Test. Richd McCLURE Clk Curt

[On the back of the will is written: Thos OLIVERs Will; Letters issued the 24th Day of June 1745]

[Source: North Carolina State Archives - MARS ID: 12.96.1.1640 (folder)]

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