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At an Inferior Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions held at the Court House in and for the County of Currituck aforesaid on the first Tuesday in April, Anno Domini 1767.
The last will and testament of Stephen WILLIAMS, late of this County, Esq., decd, having been then & there exhibited in open Court proved by the oaths of all the subscribing witnesses thereto in due form of law & 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 &c whereupon 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 & Testament in the manner & form as follows. In the first place I recommend my Soul to God the Giver and sure 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 & form as follows.
In the first place I desire all my lawful debts to be paid and also a Graveyard to be built with Brick round me, my Father, Mother, and wives graves, my negroes to make the brick then Jack & benjamin to be hired out to pay the brick-layer for building the said yard.
Item I give to my daughter Mary SWANN the right of Jack, Joseph, Manny, Fanny, Patience, Tucker, Nelly, Jenny & Peggy and their increase to my daughter Mary SWANN and her heirs.
Item. I Give to my daughter Mary SWANN my right of a piece of land on the head of Jarvis'es Creek called in the patent long beach. Also I give to my daughter Mary SWANN four calves & cows, one bed and furniture.
Item. I lend the work and use of one negro boy Thomas, one negro 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 forever.
Item. I give to my son Hollowell WILLIAMS this plantation & tract of land I now live on and all lands and tenements thereto belonging, also the land and plantation at Tull's Creek Bridge, also the land I bought of Cousin Tully WILLIAMS and also the plantation & land I bought of LEONARD lying at the mouth of the river, also one hundred acres of marsh on the island against the plantation I now live on, all the aforesaid lands & tenements I give to him and his heirs forever, 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 mannour 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 negro man named George, one called Colly, a negro woman called Ierens, one called Rachel & their increase, also a boy called Robin, one called Alisha, all these negroes I give to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give to my Son Hollowell WILLIAMS two horses, Jack & Squire, my saddle, watch & guns, all my wearing apparel and the one hald of my personal Estate hereto not given.
Item. I give to my wife Sarah WILLIAMS one negro woman called Judith. I give the sd negro to her disposal, also I lend the work & 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, Brises & Sparks, also the riding chain to her own use.
Item. Lend to my wife Sarah WILLIAMS the one half of my personal Estate heretofore not given during her natural life & after her decease I give the same part to my son Hollowell WILLIAMS & his heirs. I also appoint my loving wife Sarah WILLIAMS & Son Hollowell WILLIAMS also Mr. Saml SWANN, Executors of this my last will & Testament Given under my hand & seal this the 9th day of February in the year of our Lord, One thousand and seven hundred and Sixty seven./s/ Stephen WILLIAMS and a sealArrested by
Peggy FLETCHER Witnesses
Recorded an examined the 23rd April Anno Domini, 1767
By Wm. WEARNS, C.C.
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