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In the name of God Amen, I John SIMMONS of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina being very sick and weak but of sound sence and memory and knowing the uncertainty of this life do ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament in writing Viz. I recommend my soul unto Almighty God who gave it me not doubting of a joyfull resurection through the merits of my blessed redeemer and my worldly estate I dispose of as follows to wit---
Item: I give and bequeath unto my three Sons Robert, John, and Dennis all my lands and marshers to be equally divided between them in quantity [torn] plantation and down to the Notty branch to the southward line to be laid off in three equal divisions the divesion lines to run from the creek westarly to the great marsh and my Son Robert to have the north part of my land and plantation my Son John the middle and my Son Dennis the south end to them and their heirs forever excepting the use of it to my wife as herafter mentioned, I give and bequeath unto my Son Robert one bed and furniture one young bay horse named Jack to him and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my Son John one negroe man named Cingor one bed and furniture and one mare to him and his heirs forever excepting the use of negroe Cingor to my Wife during her widowhood.
I give and bequeath unto my Son Dennis one negroe man named Peter one bed and furniture and one mare to him and his heirs forever excepting the use of negroe to my Wife during her widowhood.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elisabeth one negroe man named Will, one feather bed and furniture and one mare to her and her heirs forever excepting the use of negroe Will to my Wife during her widowhood.
Item: I give and bequeadth unto my loving Wife Amey one negroe woman named Moll, one riding chair, one bed and furniture one black mare to her and heirs forever. Also give unto her one negroe girl named Nancey during her life and after her decease she and her increase to be equally divided amongst all my children and their heirs Also give unto her the use of all my lands during her widowhood and should she remain a widow untill my Son Robert arrives to the age of twenty one years then I give her the use of the south room and shed of my dwelling house and the kitchen to the southward of it and a dower from that time of all my lands during her widowhood all the remainder of my estate that is not given away I give the use of it to my Wife during her widowhood She taking care and providing for all my children during their minority and after her marriage or death to equally divided amongst all my children and their heirs and I do appoint my loving wife and friend Dennis DAWLEY my whole and sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament disannulling and revoking all other wills by me made in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of Jany 1785.
/s/ John SIMMONS seal
signd seald, and acknowledge in presence of
William [his mark] ASTIN jurat
Recorded and examind April 15, 1785
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