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At an Inferior Court of Pleas and Quarter Session held at the Courthouse in and for the County of Currituck aforesaid on the first Tuesday in April Anno Domini 1767
Presence of His Majesties Justices
The Last Will and Testament of Stephen WILLIAMS late of this County having been then and there exhibited in open court proved by the oaths of all the subscribing witnesses thereto in due form of law and Sarah WILLIAMS and Hollowell WILLIAMS two of the executors of the said Will having duly qualified at the same time the Will was ordered to be registered where upon it here follows In Hoc Verba.
In the name of God Amen I Stephen WILLIAMS of the County of Currituck in the Province of North Carolina being in perfect health and sound memory do make this my Last Will and Testament in the manner and form follows. In the first place I recommend my soul to God the giver and since it is appointed for all men to die I recommend my body to the earth and for what worldly goods it has pleased God to bestow upon me I give and bequeath in manner and form as follows. In the first place I desire all my lawfull debts to be paid and also a grave- yard to be built with brick round me, my Father, Mother, and Wife's graves my negroes to make the brick then Jack and Benjamin to be hired out to pay the brick-layer for building the said yard.
Item: I lend the work and use of Jack, Joseph and Nanny to my Wife during her natural life not to be removed out of this county.
Item: I give to my Daughter Mary SWANN the rights of Jack, Joseph, Nanny, Fanny, Patience, Filcker, Nelly, Jenny, and Peggy and their increase to my Daughter Mary SWANN and her heirs.
Item: I give to my Daughter Mary SWANN my Rights of a piece of land on the head of Jarvises Creek called in the patent the Long Beach also I give to my Daughter Mary SWANN four cows and calves one bed and furniture.
Item: I lend the work and use of one negroe boy Thomas one negroe fellow Benjamin to my Wife during her natural life not to be removed of this home plantation and at her decease I give the negroes Thomas and Benjamin to my Son Hollowell WILLIAMS to him and his heirs for ever
Item: I give to my Son Hollowell WILLIAMS this plantation tract of land I now live on and all lands tenements there unto belonging , also the land and plantation at Tulls Creek Bridge also the land I bought of Cousin Tully WILLIAMS and also the plantation and land I bought of LEONARD lying at the mouth of the river also one hundred acres of marsh on the island gainst the plantation I now live on all the aforesaid land and tenements I give to him and his heirs for ever and if my Son Hollowell WILLIAMS should die without an heir of his body my will is that my Grandson Stephen SWANN should have this my manner plantation and all the lands thereunto belonging also the bridge and if my Son should die without an heir as above mentioned my will is that my Daughter Mary SWANN should have all the rest of my lands I give the said lands to her disposal
Item: I give to my Son Hollowell WILLIAMS one negroe man named Benjamin, one named Tom, one named George, one called Colley , a negroe woman called Jereus, one called Rachel and their increase , also a boy called Robin one called Alisha all these negroes I give to him and his heirs for ever.
Item: I give to my Son Hollowell WILLIAMS two horses Jack and Squire, my saddle, watch, and guns all my wearing apprerril and the one half of of my personal estate hereto not given.
Item: I give to my Wife Sarah WILLIAMS one negroe woman named Judith. I give the said negroe to her disposal also I lend the work and use of George to my Wife during her natural life not to be removed of this my home plantation.
Item: I give to my Wife Sarah WILLIAMS two horses, brissoe and stpask(?) also the riding chair to her own use.
Item: I lend to my Wife Sarah WILLIAMS the one half of my personal estate heretofore not given during her natural life and after her decease I give the same part to my Son Hollowell WILLIAMS and his heirs. I also appoint my loving Wife Sarah WILLIAMS and Son Hollowell WILLIAMS also W. Samuel SWANN executors of this my Last Will and Testament given under my hand and seal this the 9th day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and sixty seven.
/s/ Stephen WILLIAMS and a seal
Recorded and Examined the 23rd April Anno Domini 1767
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