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In the name of God Amen, I Joseph POYNER, being very sick but of a sound disposing mind and memory Thanks be to God for it, do make and odorn this my Last Will and Testament as follows, First of all I recommend my soul body and spirit into the hands of the Almighty God that gave it me.
Item I gave to my Son Joseph POYNER all my land excepting the use of it during my Wifes widdowhood to him and his heirs for ever.
Item I lend all my perrishable estate after paying my lawfull debts to my well beloved Wife Deney POYNER, to raise my children and gave them reasonable education during her widdowhood and if she marries my will and desire is that the estate should all be sold only the hand mill and eaquelly divided between my Wife and my too Sons Isaac and Benjamin to them and their heirs for ever.
Item I give to my Son Joseph one hand mill except my Wifes use of hur as long as she stays on the land to him and his heirs for ever the boy not to be deprived of the use of her at any time.
My desire is that my half of a negro gairl by the name of Judy the other part the property of Nancy FEREBEE should be sold, one disk (sic), one gun all my carpenters tools, one cannoe, one still, some sheep, two cows and yearlings, one steer, one quadren and one dutch oven, all to be sold to pay my debts.
I also appoint my friend Samuel SIMMONS my whole and sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament to settle all my business agreable to this will and as the law directs, given under my hand and seal this 26th day of April 1798.
My desire is that if my Wife should marry that my Son Joseph should be bound out to a breck layer in Norfolk County at the age of fourteen till eighteen years of age. if not to stay with his Mother my desire is also that my two Sons Isaac and Benjamin should be sent to Norfolk at the age of fouteen and be bound to their own choice of trades men till twenty one my desire is my plantation should be kept under fence bushed and the orchard broke up once in two years and trimd.
/s/ Joseph POYNER and a seal
Joseph BALLANCE jurat
Recorded and examined 4th day of February 1799
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