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In the name of God. Amen. I Southward WATERFIELD of the State of North Carolina and County of Currituck, being very sick and weak of body, but perfect in mind and memory, thanks be to almighty God for it, and calling unto mind the mortality of man, and knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die, and being of mind to dispose of my worldy goods, do it by this my Last Will.
First of all I give my soul to the Lord, who gave it, and my body to be biried in a christian like manner, at the discretion of my executors, and dispose of my worldy goods as follows.
Item: I lend the use of all my property, both real and personal to my wife Sarah WATERFIELD, during the time she remains my widow to raise my four children on, in such way, as she may think most advisable and at her death or marriage to be have the moveable property sold and divided amongst all my children, and my Wife, if she be alive.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son John WATERFIELD the east part of my land, divided as the fence now runs, that is to the westward of my house, to have the same at the death or marriage of his Mother; also a priviledge for fire wood and rail timber off the land I hold in the great swamp, which I bought of Reuben WATERFIELD, also one bed and furniture, to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Purdy WATERFIELD the west part of said land, from said fence west of the house to the line of my Brother John WATERFIELD, also a priviledge in the before mentioned swamp for firewood and rail timber in like manner as my Son John has, also one bed and furniture, to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Southward WATERFIELD the land I bought of Michael WATERFIELD and Milachi BEASLEY, which lyieth to the eastward of a piece of land that Vinson WHITE owns, also a priviledge for firewood and rail timber in the swamp, equally with the other two before mentioned John and Purdy, also fifty dollars in money at the time of my property is sold over and above his before mentioned part of said property, which is divised on the first gift in this will, to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Peggy WATERFIELD one bed and furniture, five pewter plates, also the one half of the property that is not given away, which was divised in the first gift to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Julia Ann WATERFIELD one negro man named Jim, also the other half of the remainder of my property that was given in the first gift, to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I nominate and appoint my worthy friend Henry BEASLEY, my whole and sole Executor to this my Last Will and Testament, renouncing and revoking all other former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused my seale to be affixed, this 29th day of February 1816,
/s/ Southward [his x mark] WATERFIELD seal
signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us
Malachi JONES jurat
John B. JONES
Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)
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