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In the name of God Amen, I John WATERFIELD, of the State of North Carolina Currituck County, being sick and weak of body but of sound memory Thanks be to God, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life am minded to settle my estate in manner and form following and first and principally I give and bequeath my soul unto God who gave it, and my body to be buried in the durst as my executor hereafter named shall think fit, nothing doubting but I shall receive the same at the general judgement through the merritts of my redeemer and as for what worldly goods God in his mercy has lent unto me I give and bequeath in manner following.
I giving and bequeath unto my Son William WATERFIELD and his heirs forever one of the plantations whereon I now live begining at a sasafrass stake between my Brother Michael WATERFIELD and me in the cornfield and from thence an eastwardly course down the line between David JONES and me to a red oak being the corner tree between Malachi JONES and me thence a northerly course to a chincapin stake and from thence a west course by marked stakes through the plantation to the swamp with priviledge in the swamp for fire wood and rail timber to support it, likewise I give the other half of my plantation to my Wife Elizabeth WATERFIELD during her life or as long as she remains my widow, begining at the chincupin stake that my Son William ends at and running to the goose pond with priviledge in the swamp for fire wood and rail timber to support it and after the death of my Wife Elizabeth I give that half of the plantation my Wife has to my Son James WATERFIELD and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Rueben WATERFIELD the whole of the swamp begining at the swamp runing the line down through to the great marsh thence a south course to my Brother Michael line thence down an east course down the line between us to the goose pond, likewise I leave my negro boy to my Wife as long as she remains my widow and after her decease I give him to my Son Rueben WATERFIELD, likewise I leave the mare called Jenny to my Wife as long as she is my widow but if she marries to my Son James WATERFIELD and the old mare I leave to my Wife till the young mare called Jenny is old enough to break, the old mare I give to Billy after the young mare is fit to break
Item I give to my Daughter Lydia WATERFIELD two small heifers named Sloc and Star
I leave two cows and calves to my Wife called Philpail, and Blackey
I leave my Sons William, James, and Rueben each a cow and enough of my chattle estate to be sold to pay my just debts.
I give to my Wife one bed and one bed to Rueben after my Wifes decease or widowhood and the bed I give my Wife I give it to my daughter after my Wifes decease and also the remainder of my estate I leave to my Wife Elizabeth during her life or widowhood and after her decease to be equally divided between my four children William, James, Rueben, and Lydia WATERFIELD.
likewise I ordain constitute and appoint my Son William WATERFIELD and my Wife Elizabeth WATERFIELD executor and executrix to this my Last Will and Testament, in witness and whereof I have set my hand and seal this 1st day of May 1803.
/s/ John [his mark] WATERFIELD seal
signed sealed published and pronounced in presents of us to be my last will and testament
Mary [her mark] WATERFIELD
Frank [+] GORDON
recorded and examined the 22 day of June Anno Dom 1803
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