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In ye name of god amen I Thos. VANDERMULEN of ye Precnt. of Corotuck in ye County of Albermarle in ye province of No. Carolina being sick & weak of body but of perfect mind & memory blesed be ye almighty god for it, and knowing it is appointed for all men once to dye do therefore first & principally recomend my soul to ye hands of Almighty god who gave it hopeing by ye merits of my blessed saviour Jesus Christ to receive forgiveness of all my sins yt I have committed in this world, Secondly my body to be buried in such decent and Christian manner as my Exectr. here after appointed shal think fit.
Item I give to Vandermulen LERRY son to Willm. LERRY my plantation and tract of land whereon I now live to him and ye heirs of his body lawfully begotten for ever but if ye sd. Vandermulen LERRY dyes without lawfull issue aforesd. that ye sd. plantation and tract of land to decend and be to Wm. LERRY ye younger and ye heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever.
Item I give to my couzin Willm. LERRY four Negros (Viz) Jack Sarah and a Mulatta boy named Tom and a Negroe boy named Jo: I give ye sd. Negroes to ye sd. Willm. LERRY dureing his natural live but not to be moved of ye Plantation whereon I now have them but after ye sd. Wm. LERRY Decease aforesd. yn ye sd. Negroes or as many of them as shall be liveing to decend to him that holds this plantation by Virtue of this will.
Item I give to Willouby MERCHANT and Elzabeth his wife three Negroes (Viz) Bess Jenny & Tom dureing their Naturall lives and after their decease my will & desire is yn ye sd. Bess be and Set at liberty but my will and desire is that after ye sd. Willoughby & Elizabeths death that Christopher MERCHANT have ye sd. Jenny & all her Increase forever only reserving to Jane MERCHANT ye first Negro Child that either ye aforesd. Bess or the sd. Jenny shall have that live to be three years old to her and her heirs for ever, and further my will & desire is that after ye sd. Willowby & Elizabeth MERCHANTs Decd. that ye sd. Tom given them dureing their Lives decend to their son Habbasenna MERCHANT & his heirs forever.
Item I give to ye three Daughters of Jno. DICKSON Decd. (Viz) to Mary DICKSON one Cow & Calfe, & to Eliz: DICKSON one cow & calfe & to Susanna DICKSON one cow & calfe with all ye sd. Cows increase to ym & their hiers for ever.
Item I give to Thomas OLD one Cow & Calfe to him & his heirs for ever with all their increase.
Item I give to my Couzin Eliz: CORPREW wife to Mr. Thos. CORPREW two pounds in Specia to be to her by my Executrix [sic] hereafter named in full for her part of my Estate and as for ye remaining part of Worldly Estate both household goods & stocks of Cattle hogs & sheep with my horse I give to my Couzin Wm. LERRY dureing his naturall life and after his decease to decend to his son Vandermulen LERRY and his heirs for ever except one silver cup with two handles I give to Chri: MERCHANT. I also acknowledge this to be my last will & testament Revokeing all other wills by me formerly made I also make ordaine nominate & appoint my Couzin William LERRY to be my whole & sole Executor of this my last will & testament to see ye same duly performed, as witness my hand and seal this 16 day of February 1719/20.
/s/ Thos. VANDERMULEN
Signed sealed in presents of
Proved at ye Genll. Court March ye 30 / 1720
Letters granted March ye 30 / 1720
[Transcriber's notes: The word "couzin" here probably meant niece or nephew. In the abbreviations "ye", "yn.", "yt." the letter "y" is used in place of the archaic symbol called a thorn, which was used in writing to represent the "th" sound; thus these words are actually pronounced as "the", "then" and "that"].
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