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In the name of God Amen, I John SIMMONS, of the County of Currituck and in the State of North Carolina, being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God for it and do this the 22nd day of November 1794 make and ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner following---
First I give and bequeath to my Son Samuel SIMMONS the land and plantation whereon he formerly lived beginning at Tully DAUGEs line then running down the horse poll swamp by a line of marked trees to James ETHERIDGEs line taking all the land to the land he bought of John BIGGS and Willoughby DAUGE and Tully DAUGEs lines to contain eighty acres of land more or less to him and his heirs forever. I also give to my Son Samuel SIMMONS and my Son Jesse SIMMONS all the land that lies between John PERKINS land and SHEARGOLDs old patten down to the head of the beaver damm to be equally divided between them containing one hundred acres of land more or less to them and their heirs for ever, I also give them my negro woman Grace and her increase from this day and date only for my Wife to have the use of her during her natural life then for she and her increase to be equally divided between them to them and their heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son William SIMMONS the land and plantation whereon he now lives beginning at a gum that stands near my Son Samuels corner that joins Tully DAUGEs line then by a line of marked trees to the plantation to a ditch then running down the ditch to a line of marked trees that runs to the line of the land he bought of John BIGGS taking all the land to Tully DAUGEs land containing one hundred and twenty acres of land more or less to him and his heirs forever. I also give him one negro garl named Franky to him and his heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son James SIMMONS one negro garl named Dorcas to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son ____? SIMMONS one negro boy named Enoch to him and his heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son Willis SIMMONS the land and plantation whereon I now live taking all the land between my Son Samuel and Son William and Josiah ETHERIDGEs lines containing one hundred acres of land more or less to him and his heirs for ever. I also give him one negro garl named Elendor, one good feather bed and reasonable feathur, one iron pot, middlesize hooks, and trammels, one largest looking glass, one pewter pott & bason one quart ditto one small pewter dish one case of bottles to him and his heirs. I also give him one old hand mill and all the cyder casks only for my Wife to have the use of one third of them.
I also leave to my well beloved Wife Jane SIMMONS the use of all the rest of my estate within doors and without during her natural life for her to use prudently and not to be wasited sold nor given away no further than for her to live well upon then to be equally divided among all my Sons to them and their heirs.
I also leave the use of the house we now live in to my Wife only my Son Willis to have the shead rooms but it is my desire that he should have liberty in the house if they can agree but no further and for her to have one small meet house, one log house called the barn and one crib and for her to have from a ditch by the apple orchard that parts of the plantation to a small peach orchard and likewise for her to have from the lain to a cross ditch a cross the plantation and for her to have fire wood and rail timber for the plantation use and for her to have one third of the apple trees and garden ground by the house.
I do hereby constitute make and ordain my well beloved Wife Jane SIMMONS with my Son Samuel SIMMONS to be executrix and executor of this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and date above written
/s/ John SIMMONS seal
signed sealed and delivered in presence of us
Iboy(?) WRIGHT jurat
Recorded and examined this 7th day of July 1795
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