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Thomazen Stevens
April 20, 1748 - Oct. 5, 1748

In the name of god amen the 20 Day of Aprel 1748 ---

I Thomazen STEVENS of the county of curretuck being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memery thanks be given unto god therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principilly and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of god that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my executors not doubting but at the general resurection i Shall receive the Same again by the mighty power of god and as touching Such worldly istate wherewith it hath pleased almighty god to bless me in this life I give demis and dispose of the Same in the following manner and form ---

imprimis I give and bequeath to my I lend my mulatto boy petter CASIL to my wellbeloved Son Micahal ONEAL for Six year if he lives so long and if not he many be Sold and the money equally devided amongst all my children and if the Said boy Should live longer than the Six year I bind him to my daughter Thomasen TAYLOR one year also I lend him to Sarah FANSHAW one year and then to return to my Son micahal ONEAL and I desier that michal ONEAL may give my Son John STEVENS two years chooling and if my Son micahal think hard I desier that the Said boy may be Sold and the money go to pay for John STEVENSs schooling.

Item I give and bequeath to my wellbeloved daughter mary STEVENS one hundred fifty acers of land to hur and hur ars forever and if She dies without air to return to my Son John STEVENS also i give to my dafter mary STEVENS half the creturs belonging to william STEVENS in pantego also i give to my dafter mary STEVENS half the cattle on my plantation in my proper mark i give to my dafter mary the half of one gra mar or 20 shilings virginia money and 5 Shillings proclamation in beniamen TAYLORs hands and if She dies without air to return to John STEVENS them and their in creas death excepted also i give to my dafter mary half the hogs on my plantation in my proper mark to one stock of bees.  also the half of my moveable housal goods to my dafter mary 3 dishes excepted and i futher desier that my part of my fathers estate may be equally devided amongst all my children.

item I give and bequeath to my well be loved Son John STEVENS the remaner of the track of land in pamtego also half the oreturs [oysters?] belonging to william STEVENS in pamtego and all my cretures to my Son John STEVENS that is not already given also half my movable housal goods 3 dishes excepted also all the ready money belonging to me Silver or goold one or both to be equally devided betwen mary STEVENS and John STEVENS and if mary STEVENS and John STEVENS dies without air all to be Sold and the money equally devided amongst my other children but if either of them hath any air that to posses it still.  I like wise constitute make and ordain thomas PARKER and John STEVENS my Sole executors of this my last will and testament all and Singular and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanul all and evry other former testaments wills legacies and bequsts and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto Set my hand and Seal the day and year abov written.
    /s/ thomazen [hur mark] STEVENS       seal

Signed Sealed and and declared by the Said thomazen STEVENS as hur last will and testament in the presents of us the Subscribers
   
Thos TAYLOR
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[his P mark] PORTWOOD
    James MERCER

   North Carolina  }    at a Court held for the said County at the Court house on Tuesday the fifth day of October ann Dom 1748
 Currituck County}

Present His Majestys Justices
    These may Certify that Thomas TAYLOR Gilbert PORTWOOD and James MERCER Subscribing Evidences to the within Will appeared in Open Court and made Oath on the Holy Evangelists that they were present & Saw Thomason STEVENS Sign Seal Publish and Declare the within to be & contain her last Will & Testament and that the said Thomason STEVENS was then & at that Time of sound & Disposing Memory.  Then also appeared Thomas PARKER one of the Executors Mentioned in the said Will and in open Court Refused to Qualifie as Exer, being apointed by the Testatorix without his knowledge or Consent, the other Exer Mentioned in the said Will not being of Age to Choose a Guardian, and all other Relations Refusing, the Court Appointed Benjamin TAYLOR (who Intermarried with the Sister of the said Exer so under age) Guardian to the said Exer and Admor to the Deceased with the Will anexed, who accepted of the same, and Took the Oath of a Admor.  Ordered that the Honble Nathl RICE Secretary of said Province have Notice thereof that Letters of administration Issue as the Law Directs. (Security being Givin)
    Test Richd McCLURE Clk Curt

[On the back of the will is written: Thomazen STEVENS Will; Currituck; Letters Issued Decemr the 20th 1748]

[Source: North Carolina State Archives - MARS ID: 12.96.1.2180 (folder)]

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