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Nathan Poyner
Jan. 31, 1867 - Nov. 16, 1868

State of North Carolina    January 31th 1867
     Currituck County

Knowing that I am Mortal and must Dye and as God has Blest me with some of the good things of this World which I wish to Divide among my Children I do Affix this my Last will in the name of my Heavenly Father Amen.

Item I lend to my wife the Plantation I now live on to wit the Land I Bought of the TAYLOR hears, the land I Bought of John DOWDY allso the Land I bought of Jasper JARARD and the land I Bought of Thomas DOWDY allso my BARNARD Plantation. my Sone Jordan is to Live on it and pay my wife the one third of the Corn he rased allso I Lend to her all of my Farming utintials and all of My home Stock of Cattle and hoggs and sheep and my house hold and Kitchen Firniture During her Life time or widowhood.

Item I give to my wife My horse Bill and Rockaway and harness and all of the Poultray to hir and hir hears.

Item I give to my Sone Jordan after the Death or Marage of my wife the one half of the Plantation that he now Lives on called the BARNARD land to him and his hears forever, he is to have the Part that the house stands on, it is to be Divided East and West.

Item after the Death or marage of my wife I give to My two Grand Children Thomas POYNER and Elizabeth Medorah POYNER the other half of the Plantation that my Sone Jordon POYNER lives on it is known as the BARNARD Land to be equally Divided between them and their hears forever.

Item I give to my Daughter Martha An POYNER after the Death or marage of my wife Seventy Acres of Land to be Layd of Ajoing of the Land I bought with Mr. J.E. BROWN & wife and the Land that Betsey DOWDY lives on to the Deep Swamp, the South Line to run Square with Mr. BROWNs Line to hir and hir hears forever.

Item after the death or marage of my wife I give to my Daughter Sarah E. POYNER the Land I Bought of Thos DOWDY Just as it stands under fence allso fifty Acres of Land to be Layd of on the North Side of the Land I Now live on to be Layd of Square with the Land and Line of Daniel C. LINDSEY to hir & hir hears forever.

Item I give to my [word crossed out--looks like "Daughter" was overwritten with "Sone" then that was crossed out too] Sarah E. POYNER all of the Oster Shells I Bought of Thos B. JARVAS & wife. I have a right from Mr JAVAS & wife.

Item I give to my Daughter Martha An POYNER all of the oster Shells I Bought of James E. BROWN & wife as it is Staked of and as it is Specifyed in the Right that Sd BROWN & wife gave to me at the Same time that Mr JARVAS & wife gave there Right.

Item I Give to My Sone Enoch POYNER Two hundred Cart Loads of Oster Shells to be got of on the Land I had of Mr. J.E. BROWN & Wife the shells to be gotton of ajoning of the Branch and not in the Old ground allso I Give to him Enoch POYNER all of the oster Shells on the Land I bought of James E. BROWN & wife Marey An BESELEY I mean in the Land as well as on the Land to him and his hears forever.

Item I Give to My Sone Jordon POYNER & Enoch POYNER the Land I Bought of J.E. BROWN & Wife and Marey An BESLEY as A privilige to the water and they are to Grant to Martha An POYNER Sarah E. POYNER and Thomas POYNER and Elezebeth Medorah POYNER Allberty GRIGGS Wm. GRIGGS and Alis GRIGGS Priviledge to pass to the water by his help keeping it in repair.

Item after the Death or marage of my wife I give to my Sone Enoch POYNER all of the Land where my Dwelling house Stands Lying in between the Land I have Given to Martha An POYNER and Sarah E. POYNER.

Item I give him all of my Swamp on Long Point and stock there to him and his hears .

Item I give to E. POYNER all of my swamp _____ing and swamp Road.

Item I give to him all of the rest of the swamp ajoining of my high Land that I P_____ [patented?] for and he the Said Enoch POYNER is to grant to Martha An POYNER & Sarah E. POYNER a Stock Privilidge in Said Swamp that is to say that there Cattle & hoggs is to injoy the Benifit of the range to them and theres forever.

Item I Give to Allberty GRIGGS, Wm GRIGGS, Lazet GRIGGS Children of my Daughter Polly GRIGGS the Land I Bought of Sampson MUREL the Boundrys may be known By reference to Deed from Sampson MUREL to my Self to them and there hears forever.

Item I give unto My Three Grand children D.W. LINDSEY, Virginia LINDSEY, Susan LINDSEY all of my Bank Land except Twenty Acres of Land Banks ajoing the Sand Beach or Land formerly Belonging to Samuel COUPER that he Bought of Willougby DOWDY and is now owned by Josephus BAUM & Jacob BAUM that Twenty Acres I give to Enoch POYNER & Jordan POYNER and to there hears forever.

Item I bind my Sone Jordan POYNER to Pay to Daniel W. LINDSEY, Virginia LINDSEY and Susan LINDSEY the Children of my Daughter Susan M. LINDSEY Two hundred Dollars to be Equally Divided Between them and he the Said Jordan POYNER is to have Two years to pay the Two hundred dollars in.

Item I Bind my Sone Enoch POYNER to pay unto Daniel W. LINDSEY, Virginia LINDSEY and Susan LINDSEY the children of Susan M. LINDSEY my Daughter to be Eaqually Divided beteen them and he the said Enoch POYNER is to have two years to pay the Said two hundred Dollars in.

Item I leave my swamp on both Sides of the Chesepeke and and ["and" written twice] Albemarl Canal the Swamp lyes between the Bridge and North River its Boundreys may be asscertaind by reference to Deed from Thos POYNER to my Self and A right from the State to my Self to be Sold to Pay my Debts allso my Fishery and all the Swamp Belonging to said Fishery its Boundreys may [be] assertaind by referance to Right from the State to my Self allso Fifty Acres at the Narrows of North River its Boundrey to be assertaind by reference to A Patent from the State to me to be Sold for to pay my Debts the tirms of Sail of Swamp & Fishery and 50 acres at the Narrows of N. River is left with my Exector.

Item I Give to my daughter Jane POYNER the piece or parsel of Land I had of Mr. J. E. BROWN & wife Lovey BROWN on a swap with them being the Land Set a part to them in the division of Willoughby DOWDYs land to hir and hir hears forever and Fifty Dollars to be raised out of my Chattel Property after the Death or marage of my wife.

Item After the Death or marage of my wife my Exector is to Sell all of my Property not given away and Divide it between my Children that is to say Susan, Polly, Thomas, Jordan, Martha An, Sarah, Jane, and Enoch POYNER.

Item I give to my two Sones Jordan & Enoch POYNER my Islands of marsh in Currituck Sound that is to say my Pilentary Island & Little Bureses Island and the Five Islands I tuck up lying on the North East and South West and west of Big Bureses Island to them and there hears forever.

Item I give to my Sone Jordan POYNER my Canoe Robert Scot to him and his hears forever.

Item I Give to Enoch POYNER Both of my sciffs to him and his hears forever.

Item I give to Enoch and Jordan POYNER my Seigns and Seign rope.

Item I  give to my Sone Enoch POYNER the horse I Bought of Edward Midget and sadle.

Item I give to my two Daughters Martha An POYNER & Sarah E. POYNER my buggey to them & ther hars.

Item I give to my Wife my Rockaway & all of my carts.

Item I bind my two Sones Jordan & Enoch POYNER to Pay to all of my aboved Named Children Ten Dollars apiece that is to Say Jordan each of them Ten Dollars and Enoch Pay them Ten Dollars [several words were crossed out here] and they are to have one year to pay it in.

Item in the hands of A good God i Give my Sold and body and the Solds of my wife and Children and Grand Children and Last of all I Leave my Sone Jordan POYNER my Excutor and for him to Give to the Court Such Securety as the Court may Require. Signed Seald with my own hand
    /s/ N POYNER     Seal

Attest
    N POYNER
    N POYNER

[Yes, these 2 names were listed as attesting witnesses but the probate record states that there were no witnesses to the will, therefore I can only surmise that Nathan Poyner was practicing his handwriting skills as his signature looked exactly like those of the attesting "witnesses".]

  North Carolina }    Office of Probate Judge    Nov. 16, 1868
Currituck County}
    A paper writing without subscribing witnesses, purporting to be the last will and testament of Nathan POYNER decd is exhibited for Probate in the Probate Court for the County of Currituck by Jordan POYNER and it is thereupon proved by the oath of Jordan POYNER that the Said will was found among the valuable papers of the Said Nathan POYNER after his death - and it is further proved by the oath of three credible witnesses to wit James M. WOODHOUSE J.W. BAXTER and Jame[s] E. BROWN that they are acquainted with the hand writing of the Said Nathan POYNER having often Seen him write, and verily believe that the name of the Said Nathan POYNER Subscribed to the Said will, and the will itself and every part thereof, are in the handwriting of the Said Nathan POYNER, and it is further proved by the evidence of the three last mentioned witnesses that the Said handwriting is generally known to the acquaintances of the Said Nathan POYNER.  It is therefore considered by the Court that the Said paper writing is the last will and testament of the Said Nathan POYNER and the same is recorded & filed
    Teste    J.B. LEE    Probate Judge

[On the back of this will is written:
Probated and Recorded Pages 271-272-273
Novr 16, 1868
    /s/ J.B. LEE    Probate Judge

[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]

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