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In the name of God Amen, I Thomas WILLIAMS SENR. of the State of North Carolina and County of Currituck, Merchant, being well in health but low in body and in sound mind and memory blessed be God, and calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time there of do make and put in wrighting this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who give it me and my body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executor herein after mentioned and named and for that worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I dispose thereof as follows---
First give and bequeath unto my loving Wife Elisabeth WILLIAMS all the lands &c. whereon I now live known by the Indiantown begining at a red cedar stump on the main road near my Son Thomases house from thence a west corse to the back line or Thomas KINGs line thence to southward along the said line to the river thence down the said river to a knotch in the wharf below the bridge thence along my line to a walnut tree from there to the first station containing one hundred acres of land &c. let the same be more or less for and during and as long as she shall remain my widow unmarred and after her death or marrage I give and bequeath messuage or tenement of land &c. to be equally divided between my two Daughters Elisabeth and Susannah WILLIAMS to them and their heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas Pool WILLIAMS all the vacand land that his deed will not hold to northward and westward of the land given to my loving Wife by will and also I give unto my Son Thomas five shillings starling money to him and his heirs forever.
I do give and bequeath unto my Son Christoper WILLIAMS all that messuage or tract of land laying on the Indian Ridge, begining at a marked black oake on the main road and from thence a west course to the deep runn or back line thence along the back line or deep runn to the northward to the Indian line thence down the Indian lines to this beaches on Timothey ETHERIDGEs line on the main road thence to the southward along the said main road (as I be) to the first station containing three hundred acres more or less to him and his heirs forever, Also I give unto my Son Christoper one negro boy caled Jacob after the death of my loving Wife.
I do give and bequeath unto my Son John WILLIAMS all the messuage on tenement and tract of land that layes to the southward of my Son Christopher begining at his corner black oake thence along the main road to the southward to marked oake to the southward of the widow FEREBEEs gate and from thence a west course to the back line thence along the said line to the swamp thence binding on the swamp to the first station a black oake to him and his heirs forever. It is my will and desire that the land and swamp in Camden County (in said state) belonging to me be sold for twelve months credit also my juniper swamp in Currituck County (turn over) (brought over) juniper swamp in Currituck to be sold on the same terms.
I do give and bequeath unto my Daughter Margret WILLIAMS (commonly called Peggy WILLIAMS) one tract of land known by ye name of Meracts(?) (or Michaels?) to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body forever, I also give and bequeath unto my Daughter Margret WILLIAMS one negro woman named Sarah and her increase one negro boy named Haney, one bed and furniture, one gray mare and increase to her and her heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Elisabeth WILLIAMS during her widowhood, one negro boy named Tom, one negro boy named Jacob, one negro woman named Julie, one negro girl named Lett, &c. unto her use and benifett during her widowhood, I also give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Elisabeth WILLIAMS all my household furniture and stock of all kinds plantation tools within doors and without doors that I have not already give away unto her and her heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my Son Christoper one bed and furniture.
I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah BEASLEY one negro girl called Yellow Bett and her increase to her and her hirs forever, one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs and I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah BEASLEY during her natural life one lott of land and houses where I formerly lived to her use and benefet during the term of life and after her death I give and bequeath the said lott of land and houses unto my Son John WILLIAMS to him and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elisabeth WILLIAMS one negro girl named (faded out) after the intermarage or death of my beloved Wife to her and her heirs forever one negro boy named Will, one bed and furniture unto her and her heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Susannah WILLIAMS one negro girl named Nanie, one bed and furniture, one negro girl called Black Bett to her and her heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my Son John WILLIAMS after the death or marrage of my beloved Wife one negro boy named Tom, one negro woman named Julie to him and unto his heirs forever it is my will and desire all the neat proceeds of the schooner Betseys cargo which of Mr. LOCKWOOD be sold for six months credit also all the riggon sails, anchors, &c. belonging to the rackd. Brig Washington and two Hhd. molasses be sold on the same terms and the money applied first to pay my just debts and the remainder of the moneys arising from all the articles which I have left to be sold after my just debts is paid its my will and desire the money be equally divided between my beloved Wife Elisabeth WILLIAMS, my Son Thomas Pool WILLIAMS, Son Christopher WILLIAMS, Son John WILLIAMS, Daughter Sarah BEASLEY, Daughter Margret WILLIAMS, Daughter Elisabeth WILLIAMS and my Daughter Susannah WILLIAMS and I do give unto my beloved Wife Elisabeth WILLIAMS all my crop of corn and other produce that is now belongs to me and I do nominate and appoint my beloved Sons Thomas Pool WILLIAMS, Christoper WILLIAMS and my friend John HUMPHRIES my executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other will or wills as witness my hand and seal this fourth day of September one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight and in the thirteenth year of our independence.
/s/ Thomas WILLIAMS seal
signed sealed in the presence of us
Malachi SAWYER jurat
Sarah GALE jurat
Sarah [her mark] CARY jurat
Recorded and exam. the 20th day of March 1789
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