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To Wit: The Last Will and Testament of William WARD stands here recorded In Hoc Verba.
In the name of God Amen. I William WARD of the County of Currituck County of the Province of North Carolina being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same but knowing the mortality of man that it is appointed for man once to die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following. That is to say Impromis: I recommend my soul to God who gave it to me and as for such worldly goods as hath pleased God to entrust me with I give and dispose in manner and form following vizt.
Item: I give and bequeath the use of all my housing plantation and lands whereon I did formerly live when I was in the County of Currituck unto my loving Wife Margaret until my Son Jonathan WARD shall arrive to the age of twenty one years and at that age I then impower him to build and clear in the wood land part of my said land not interrupting of his mother of the ground already cleared during her widowhood and after her widowhood is ended in a peacable manner as is above mentioned . I then give the whole of my land and plantation unto to said Son Jonathan WARD and unto his heirs for ever
Item: I give and bequeath unto my loving Wife Margaret one feather bed and furniture being the bed whereon she my said Wife and myself use to lie, and two cows and their calves, and my own riding mare and two small iron pots, two sows and their pigs, my black walnut chest and one third part of all my household goods which is not already mentioned except my feather beds; I give unto my loving Wife during her natural life and to her heirs for ever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Jonathan WARD one feather bed and furniture and the horse colt, one blue chest one heifer year old one large iron pot, one young sow unto him and his heirs for ever
Item: I give eight pounds cash due to me from Robert CARTWRIGHT and twenty shillings due to me from Richard CAMPBELL and all the hogs I have now up in pens afatning and twenty barrels of Indian corn unto my Wife to pay my debts with and also five pounds four shillings due to me from Nicholas NICKOLS for the use of paying my debts, and all the overplus of paying my debts I desire may be left in meal and corn for the use of my family, all I give unto my loving Wife as aforesaid for the paying all my just debts and to perform my funeral in a christain manner , the remainder I give for the use of my Family.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Timothy WARD all the remainder of my estate of all kinds whatsoever hereby impowering my executors hereafter named to sell for his use all all perishable estate of stock and such money arising for such sale I desire may be paid to interest for his use and lastly I constitute and appoint my loving Wife Margaret and my Son in law Charles WATERMAN of the County of Princess Anne in Virginia my sole and whole executors of this my Last Will and Testament revoking and anulling all other and all wills and Testaments by me formerly made and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament, In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteth day of December, one thousand seven hundred sixty eight.
/s/ William [his mark] WARD and a seal
Published pronounced and declared in the Presence of us
Philip [his mark] MALBONE
Patrick [his P mark] FLANIKIN jurat
Cason MOORE jurat
Recorded and examined 24th March 1769
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