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In The Name of God Amen I Richard SANDERSON of of the Precinct of Perquimons County of Albemarle Gent: Being very Sick and Weak of Body but of perfect Mind & Memory, thanks be given unto God therefore calling into Mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is Appointed for all Men once to Die do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament That is to Say Principally, and first of all, I Give & Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it, and for my Body I Recommend it to the Earth to be Buryed in a Christian like and Decent Manner at the Discretion of my Executors--nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I Shall Receive the Same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching Such Worldly Estate Wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I Give Devise, and Dispose of the Same in the following manner --
Imprimis I will & Devise that all my Lawful Debts may be payed & Discharged by my Executors hereafter named.
Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved Son Richd SANDERSON the Island of Ockrecock wth all the Stock of Horses Cattle Sheep & hogs Thereunto Belonging or Appertaining To be Enjoyed by him & his [torn] lawfully begotten for ever; And in Case my Sd Son Should Die & leave no heirs Male I Give & bequeath the Sd Island of Ockrecock wth all & Singular the Sd Stock Goods & Chattels thereunto belonging, Unto my Nephews Joseph & Richd SANDERSON & their Male heirs Lawfully begotten for ever to be equally Divided between them two & Enjoyed by them & their heirs for ever.
Item I Give & bequeath unto my well beloved Son Richd SANDERSON Four Slaves viz: three Negroes Named Cooper-Jack, Sam & Sarah, wth One Indian named Tom; to him & his heirs Lawfully begotten for ever; And in Default of Issue I give & bequeath the aforesaid Slaves unto my Son in Law Tully WILLIAMS & his wife my daughter Grace & their heirs On her Body begotten for ever.
Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son in Law Tully WILLIAMS & his wife Grace & the heirs on her Body begotten Five Slaves viz: Curratuck-Jack, Commoner, Sandy, Moll & One Mullatoe boy named Jack to them & their heirs for ever.
Item I give & bequeath unto my Brother in Law Henry WOODHOUSE One Mustee Fellow named Arthur wch is in part of the Money due to him of my Fathers Estate; And I further will & Desire that If in case that my Son Richd had rather have the Sd Arthur that he pay unto my Brother in Law Henry WOODHOUSE According to the Just value of the Afforsd Slave named Arthur.
Item I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Sister Susanna ERWIN During her Natural Life Two Negro Slaves named Dye & Kate Provided & is to be understood So long as She abides Dwells & re[torn] the Mannour Plantation whereon I now dwell; And After her Decease I give and bequeath the Sd Slaves & their Increase unto my Son Richd & his lawful heirs for ever & in default of Issue I give & bequeath the Sd Salves & their Increase unto my Nephews Samuel & Joshua SANDERSON & to their heirs for ever; And I will & Desire that my Sister Susanna have a Maintenance During her Natural Life on the Afforesd Mannour Plantation; And Also a Bed & furniture; a Pot & Skillet two pewter Dishes & four Plates & after her Decease to Devolve unto my Son Richd & his Lawful begotten heirs for ever.
Item I Give & bequeath unto my Well beloved Daughter Elizabeth POLLOCK One third part of my flock of Sheep wch be at this time on my Plantation whereon I now dwell.
Item I give & bequeath unto my Cousin Elizabeth DICKSON One black Horse now running in my Pasture to be Delivered unto her by my Executors hereafter named.
Item I give & bequeath unto my Nephew Hezekiah WOODHOUSE a certain Tract of Land lying on the Sandy Bank by the Name of Point Lookout to be Enjoyed by him & his heirs for ever.
Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son Richard SANDERSON & my Son in Law Tully WILLIAMS the Mannor Plantation whereon I now Dwell to be by them freely possessed & Enjoyed for the full Term of Six years After my Decease wth all profits & Commodities thereby ariseing yearly or accruing from the Same to be Equally Divided or Shared between them during the Sd Term of Six Years, at the Expiration of wch Term the Sd Mannor Plantation wth all Buildings Houses Messuages & Tenements as also Orchards gardens wth all live Stock or Whatsoever els belongs or Appertains unto the Sd Plantation to Devolve wholly to my Son Richard SANDERSON & his Lawful begotten heirs for ever, & in default of Issue, unto Tully WILLIAMS & his Wife my Daughter Grace & their heirs on her Body begotten for ever to be by them freely possessed & Enjoyed.
Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son Richd One Spayd Mare branded RS.
Item I give & bequeath unto my Son in Law Tully WILLIAMS and his Wife my Daughter Grace & the heirs on her body begotten a Tract or parcel of Land Containing One hundred forty & Seven Acres Lying in Perquimans Precinct bordering on my Son Richd his Line formerly John WILLOUGHBY's.
Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son Richd SANDERSON All my Lots in Roanoak Town wth all the Lands thereunto belonging.
Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son Richard & my Son in Law Tully WILLIAMS All my Other Lands Messuages & Tenements wth all my Right & Titles to Lands as by Deeds & pattents are to be found, to be Equally Divided betwixt them.
Item give & bequeath unto my Son Richd & my Son in Law Tully WILLIAMS all my other Stock of Horses Cattle Sheep & Hogs wth all my Houshold Goods & Moveables to be Equally Divided betwixt them (excepting what is allready Given or bequeathed in this Will & Testament).
Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son Richd SANDERSON two thirds of the Seaflower, Brigantine & one third part unto my Son in Law Tully WILLIAMS.
Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son Richd SANDERSON & my Son in Law Tully WILLIAMS the Sloop Swallow to be Equally Divided betwixt them wth all Appertances thereunto belonging. And lastly I Constitute Make Ordain & Appoint My only & well beloved Son Richard SANDERSON & my Son in Law Tully WILLIAMS to be my Only Executors of this my Last Will & Testament, & I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke & Disannul all & every other former Wills & Testaments Legacies Requests and Executors by Me in any ways before this time Named, Willed & Bequeathed, Rattifying & Confirming this & no other to be my Last Will Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand & Seal this Seventeenth Day of August In the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred & Thirty three.
/s/ Richd SANDERSON Seal
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by the Said Richard SANDERSON as his Last Will Testament In the presence of us the subscribers
Thomas [his TS mark] SNOWDEN
Thomas [his TT mark] TRUMBAL
Perqms prect} At a Court held October the 15th 1733
The within Will of Coll Richd SANDERSON was Proved by the oaths of Mr Clement HALL Mr Thos SNODEN Mr Thos
SnodenTRUMBALL whereupon the Executors took the oathes Injoyned by Law & Requested Orders for Letters Testamentary. Ordered that Letters Testamry Isue on Said Will.
Test Charles DENMAN Clk Crt
[On the back is written: Colo Richd SANDERSON Will; Lres grantd 17th Octr 1733]
[Source: North Carolina State Archives - MARS ID: 188.8.131.529 (folder)]
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