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Spencer Spry
April 12, 1862 - Nov. Term 1862 (no probate attached)

I Spencer SPRY, in the name of God Amen, of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say: -

Item:  I give and bequeath to my eldest son Edmund one chest that belonged to his mother.

Item:  I give and bequeath to my daughter Julia EVERTON one bed and furniture that now Stands in the Piazza room.

Item:  I loan all the following property to my beloved wife Mahalah during her natural life, viz: All of my land shall be for her use; all my house-hold and kitchen furniture not otherwise disposed of in my will; one breeding sow & six head of dry hogs, taking the first choice out of my stock; all the sheep; all the domestic fowls and poultry; one loom, spinning wheel and a pair of cards; and two farming hoes; one axe; all the crop of every discription that may be upon the plantation, and all the provisions on hand at the time of my death; all in satisfaction for, and in lieu of her dower & thirds.

Item:  My will and desire is that all the residue of my estate after taking out the devises and legacies herein named, shall be sold and the debts owing to me collected; and if there should be any surplus over and above the payment of debts and expences, that such surplus shall be equally disposed of between my two infant sons Spence and Patrick Henry, by their guardian according to their needs; and in like manner all that may be derived from the sale of the chatteled property, loaned to my wife, or that which may be derived therefrom, after her death, shall be disposed of for the same purpose by their guardian.

Item:  I desire that all my land after the death of my said wife, shall be equally divided between my four Patrick Henry, Spence, Elizabeth and Fanny, four of my children to be allotted as follows in equal shares with lines running across the same Eastwardly and westwardly courses:  The first lot or share to be on the North side running paralel with Spence GRAYs line and adjoining the same, I give to my son Patrick Henry.  The second lot or share to join the first lot & to run paralel with it which I give to my son Spence.  The third lot or share to join the second share and running paralel with the same, I give to my daughter Elizabeth.  The fourth lot or share to adjoin the third share on the North and Caleb EVERTONs on the South, I give to my daughter Fanny.

And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend the Rev. Nathan POYNER my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last Will and Testament and according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part thereof, and also appoint him guardian over my three minor children, Elizabeth, Spence, and Patrick Henry.

In witness whereof, I, the said Spence SPRY do hereunto set my hand and seal this the 12th day of April A.D. 1862
    /s/ Spencer SPRY     Seal

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Spencer SPRY to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
    H.B. ANSELL    Jurat
    Henrietter LEE

[On the back of this will is written: The Will of Spencer Spry - Nov. Term 1862 - See Minute docket Novr Term 1862 for probate]

[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]

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