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In the name of God Amen I Edward WEST of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina being week in body but in my rete mind and of a disposing memory think proper to make this my Last Will and Testament in maner as follows
Item: I leve the use of fifteen head of cattle to my well beloved Wife Susanah WEST also the use of all my land and plantation and also the preveledge to butt timber for the suport of her famaly during her widorhood.
Item: I leve all the remainder of my stock of cattle to be sold and also as much of my pereshables such articles as my famaly can best spar as will pay my lawful debts to be sold by my executor and credit of six months also in case that my negro man named Mick should prove disobedinz and not faithfully serve my Wife and famaly which I leve my executor is to sell said negro at privite sale and apply the money to purchasing a nother negro man for the bennefit of my four Daughters
Item: After my lawful debts and the expense of settling my estate is discharged my will and desier(sic) is that my Wife Susanah WEST should have the use of all the remainder of my estate both within dores and without of every nature and kind during her widowhood and at the experestion of her widowhood then to go to my four Daughters namely Elizabeth, and Rebacca and Lydia and Camilla WEST or those that are living at that time.
Item: I give and bequeth unto Son Spence WEST all my land laying on the east side of the main rode being the plantation whereon I live and the plantation I bought of Willoughby MARCHANT and also one half of my marsh land also my still also my nusery of young apple trees also my hand mill also my negro boy named Dox to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeth unto my Son Curnealus WEST all the remainder of my land and plantation laying on the west side of the main rode also one half of my marsh land to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I leve my track of land laying in Norfolk County in the State of Virginia called Sowerwood to be sold by my executor at publick auction on a credit of six mounths and the proceds to be equally divided between my four Daughters namely Elizabeth and Rebecca and Lydia and Camella WEST to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath all the remainder of my estate which is not all ready given to my two Sons to be equally divided between my four Daughters or the surviving at the expiration of my Wifes widowhod revoking all other wills and gifts rattifying and conforming this to be my Last Will and Testament and Lastly I do nominate and appoint and ordain my friend John HILL my hole and sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament in witness where I have here unto set my hand and seal this first day of October 1807.
/s/ Edw. WEST seal
Assignd in the presents of us
Frances [Her x mark] ETHERIDGE jurat
Julia [Her x mark] ALLEN
[Note: No probate date or clerk's name is given in this will. Date of probate is based on order in book. I have looked at the original will of Edward West and it clearly states that he wrote it in October 1807. There are court records (also very clear) to indicate that Edward was dead by March 1807. (Reference: Currituck County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes; March 1, 1807: Ordered that Susan West have the right of Adm. with the will annexed on the estate of Edw. West her husband dec'd. who gave bonds with Wallis Bray & M. Bell of 3000 pounds, returned an inventory.) I have no idea which date might be in error.]
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