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State North Carolina I John SIMMONS of Currituck County being in a very pore state of helth yet of a sound mind and well disposing memory, Thanks be to God for it, do constitute nominate and appoint this my Last Will and Testament.
Item I lend to my beloved Wife Anna SIMMONS the use of all my land and plantation where on I now live during her natural life or widowhood but if she should marry then for her to have what the law will allow her. I likewise lend to my beloved Wife the use of all my estate whereever to be found both within doors and without doors during her widowhood.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son James SIMMONS my mare and first colt and if she should bring any more then one colt my desire is for my Son David SIMMONS should have it
My will and desire is that my land should be equally divided between my two Sons James SIMMONS and David SIMMONS but if either of my two Sons should die without heirs lawfully begotten of their body for it to fall to the Brother.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son James SIMMONS one old sheep and their increase to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Son David SIMMONS two old sheep and their increase to him and his heirs for ever and for them not to be sold.
My desire is that when ever my Wife should desent from the will that my cattle, hogs, bees and household furniture should be equally divided between my three Daughters Dorcas SIMMONS, Sally SIMMONS, and Mulbery SIMMONS but if either of my three Daughters should die without heirs lawfully begotten of their body that their part should be equally divided among all my children.
I do nominate constitute and appoint my Wife Anna SIMMONS with Samuel SIMMONS whole and sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament.
/s/ John SIMMONS seal
Signed sealed and published this tenth day of March Anno Dom 1800
Lem. [his mark] GREGORY
Recorded and examined this 7th day June 1800
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