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In the name of God Amen, I Abner TURTON of Currituck County and State of North Carolina being in a lowe state of health but of sound and disposing memory and knowing that all flesh must die when it is please God to call, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament revoking and disanuling all and every other will or wills heretofore by me made either by word or writen and for the setling of my estate I do order give and devise in manner and forme following---
Imprimus: I give and bequeath to Archelaus MORSE Son of Sarah MORSE the land and plantation where on I now live and my negro boy Peter, two cows and calves, one horse called Ball and all the hogs that is in his own mark to him and his heirs forever, and if he dyes without heirs lawfully begotten of his body the above gift to be eaqualy divided between Bets MORSE and Olliffe MORSE his Sisters, and if they all three dye without heir lawfully begotten of their body then the above mentioned gift to be eaqually divided between my children that is living them and their heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto [illegible] MORSE one grey mare, three cows and calves, one feather bed and furniture that she commonly lyes on to her and her heirs forever and if she dyes without heirs lawfully begotten of her body then the above gift to decend to my Daughter Charloty TURTON to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son Dennis TURTON all the land and plantation I bought of Willoughby MARCHANT and my negro boy George to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath my marsh land and my swamp land that I bought of Kedar OLD and Isaiah PARE to be equally divided between my Son Dennis TURTON and the above named Archelaus MORSE, and if the said Archilaus MORSE dyes without heir lawfully begotten of his body the whole of the lands and marsh to decend to my Son Dennis TURTON and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved Wife Mary TURTON one horse called Dreadnot, the bed and furniture she & I lyes on my negro woman Cate, four cows and calves, four sows and pigs, six three year old hogs her first choice, two iron pots, one pan, one tea kittle, all the earthen, delph & stone ware, one ax, two hoes, and two ploughs, two ewes and lambs to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I lend the bed my Mother sleeps on and one chest and my negro Dick to my Mother during her life and at her death my negro man Dick to be sold and the money he fetches to be equally divided between my Daughter Charlotty TURTON and Bets MORSE dyes with out heirs lawfully begotten of her body then her part to decend to her Sister Oliffe MORSE and if Oliffe dyes without heir lawfully begotten the whole of sd. Dick to belong to my Daughter Charlotty TURTON her and her heirs forever.
Item: After my lawfull debts and legacies before given are paid I give all the rest of my whole estate within doors and without bills, bonds, and money to be equally divided between Bets MORSE and my Daughter Charlotty TURTON and if Bets MORSE dyes without heirs lawfully begotten of her body the whole of the gift be and go to my Daughter Charlotty to her and her heirs forever,
Item: I appoint Hilary SIMMONS and Archelaus MORSE my whole and sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this first day of March 1788.
/s/ Abner TURTON seal
be it remembered that Abner TURTON being of sound mind did on the day and year above written in the presence of us whose names are hereunto subscribed signed seal, publish, pronounce and declared this to be his Last Will and Testament.
John WOODARD jurat
Nancey WOODARD (written in twice side by side)
Recorded and exam the 24th day of Sept. 1788
July 20, 1788; Sept. 17, 1788
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 235
State of North Carolina Currituck County Sept. 17,1788
This day personally appeared befor me Kedar MULDER one of the States Justices for said County, Archelaus MORSE and Elizabeth CO [worn off] witness and proved the within mentioned gifts and also swore on the Holy Evangelist that they believed said Abner TURTON was then of sound and disposing memory, and the widow Mary TURTON and Hilary SIMMONS Esq. was both present said SIMMONS said he had one other objection but that here was not cows and calves to discharge it, the other thing there was the Widow said she thought it was very (worn) he should give away more cows and calves than he had ______________ given under my hand and seal this day and date above written.
Kedar MULDER JP seal
Memorandum taken this 20th day of July 1788 Viz. that Mr. Abner TURTON gave and delivered the following mentioned articles to the persons hereafter mentioned only exception his life in them that to say my roan mare by the name of An Murrey to Olef MORSE and likewise six cows and their calves their first choice after my Wife has been out and one bed and furniture that I had of Col. PHILLIPS and two stocks of bees. I give to my Son Dennis TURTON my bay mare name Dol I likewise six cows and calves third choice and two stock of bees. I give to Abner COATS one bay coalt, one four year old heifer and one sow that is marked in his mark and my wearing hat, delivered in presents of
Kedar MULDER jurat
Elisabeth COATS jurat
Archelaus MORSE jurat
/s/ Abner [his mark] TURTON
Recorded and exam. the 15th day of Dec. 1788
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