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In the name of God Amen, I Peter POYNER of Currituck County and State of North Carolina, being weak and in a low state of health but of perfect sound mind and memory Thanks be to Almighty God for the same, do this seventh day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six, make publish and ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following.
First I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it me and my body to the earth to be buried at the diserction of my executors hereafter mentioned and as to what worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of as follows Viz.
Item I lend unto my beloved Wife Abagal POYNER the house I now live in and the out houses thereunto belonging and a part of the plantation next to the water side as far as my old orchard to the path down to the gate and also the use of what rail timber and firewood she may want also all the rest of the creatures of any kind only what is called by name by my children and all the furniture and utensils belonging to the plantation which property I lend her during her natural life in lieu of her dower.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son Powers POYNER sixty acres of land whereon he now lives to extend back from the water as far as a line made between him and my Son George and my desire it that if my said Son Powers POYNER should have another Son besides his present Son Robert that after his decease his said Son should have the sd land, also I give to my said Son Powers all the creatures and every thing else that is called his to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son George POYNER sixty acres of land where his house now stands begining at the line between him and his brother Powers next to John DOXEY and to extend back far enough so as to unto Capt. Isiah PARRs line to include the said quantity also all the creatures and every thing else that is called his also two cows and calves to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son Robert POYNER all the rest of my land and plantation whereon I now live and all the creatures and every thing else that is called his to him and his heirs for ever.
I give and bequeath unto my three Sons Robert, Powers and George POYNER one hundred and fifty five acres of land situate on Mackies Island my Son Robert to have his choice of one third part of said land and the rest to be equally divided between my Sons Powers and George POYNER to them and their heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Nancy Biglow POYNER one bed and furniture one linnen wheel and ten pounds in money after the death of my Wife to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Anne POYNER all the creatures and every thing else that is called hers also one red chest that is called my Wifes and one horse creature after my Wifes decease to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary TATEM one young horse that is called hers and all the cattle that is called hers also one black chest after my Wifes decease to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath after the decease of my Abigal POYNER all the rest and residue of my estate of what nature soever to be equally divided between my Sons and Daughters then living to them and their heirs forever.
Item My will and desire is that , that part of my marsh begining at the mouth of a ditch at my Son Powers landing thence runing to cedar point thence an eastwardly course to the Oyster pond be a priveledge for my Sons Powers and George POYNER and their heirs forever.
Lastly I appoint my beloved Wife Abigal POYNER and my Son Robert POYNER my whole and sole executors of this my Last Will and testament in witness whereof I the said Peter POYNER have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date first written
/s/ Peter [his mark] POYNER seal
signed sealed delivered and pronounced to be his Last Will and Testament of the said Peter POYNER in presence of us
John DOXEY jurat
Recorded and examined this 20th day of Oct. 1796
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