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In the name of God Amen the seventh day of July one thousand seven hundred and ninety one; I Eli SMITH of Knots Island in the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, being weak and sick in body but of perfect senses soundness of mind and memory, do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following Viz.
Imprimis I lend the use of my plantation whereon I now live to my beloved Wife Ann during her widowhood and at mariage or decease to my Son William SMITH to him and his heirs lawfully begotten forever.
Item: I give to my Son William SMITH one young mare named Tanis(?) one cow and calf and five pounds in cash the cash to be applyed to the use of his schooling also my books to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give to my beloved Wife Anne once cow and calf one horse named Jack and all my stock of hogs if the above gift should not amount to one forth part of my household furniture, my desire is for it to be made up to the amount of one forth part out of sd. houshold furniture during her widowhood, after her marriage or death to be equelly divided between my two Daughters Elizabeth SMITH and Mary SMITH to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth SMITH eighty pounds in cash to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my Daughter Mary SMITH all the remainder of the cash I have at present to her and her heirs forever.
Item: all the remainder of my estate within doors and without except my cattle I leave to be equelly divided between my two Daughters Elizabeth SMITH and Mary SMITH to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I leave my stock of cattle to be sold for cash such as is not allready given away and the money to be equelly divided between my three children Elizabeth SMITH Mary SMITH and William SMITH to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I also nominate and appoint my friend John WILLIAMS and Wife Anne SMITH executor and executrix to this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of July Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and ninety one.
/s/ Eli SMITH and a seal
signed sealed and acknowledge in presence of
[witnesses faded out]
Recorded and examined 1st day of February 1792
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