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In the name of God, Amen. I Hadley WOODHOUSE of the state and county aforesaid, Planter, being weak body, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same, do constitute, make and appoint this my last will and Testament, in manner and form as follows Viz And I Commit and commend my soul to Almighty God who gave it, and my body in a decent and christian manner at the discretion of my executors herin after named; and as touching such worldly goods as it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with, I dispose of them in manner following.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Hezekiah WOODHOUSE the tract of land and plantation whereon he now lives, beginning at the mouth of the creek, which divides said plantation from the one on which I now live, then running up said creek to the branch, then up the drain to the fork, to a marked poplar, then by a line of marked trees to the main road, then across the main road to a little red oak, and from thence a straight course to my corner tree where my land and ROLLINGS corner, then down the division line betwixt my land and said ROLLING’s to the road, thence with Thomas WHITEHALL’s line to the sound, then with the sound to the beginning, also the one half of a negro girl named Keziah and her increase to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I lend to my beloved wife Mary WOODHOUSE the use of the two middle cuts in plantation whereon I now live during her natural life, also I lend to my beloved wife aforesaid one bed and furniture, one sorrel horse, and one bay horse, also the use of my stock of sheep, also all my stock of cattle, and all my stock of hogs, and all my stock of bees, also all my kitchen furniture, also half a dozen chairs, one table, one desk, and all my beaufat furniture, also the use of my dwelling house, and all my other out houses and as many of my farming utensils as are needful for her during her natural life.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary WOODHOUSE and my daughter Dorcas WOODHOUSE my negro man Aaron and a negro boy David, to enable them, and in consideration of their maintaining my brother Hezekiah WOODHOUSE, to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Lancelot WOODHOUSE the land and plantation whereon he now lives beginning at the mouth of the creek and binding on the land I gave to my son Hezekiah to the corner, then with my back line untill it comes opposite to the fence, which runs across my little field and to the westward of the main road, to the northward of his house, then with said fence to the road, thence a straight course to a crooked chinquapin tree, standing at the northward end of my plantation near my hogpen, then continuing the same courses to the sound and only reserving the use of the part of said land herein loaned to my beloved wife and daughter, Dorcas, as are herein expressed to him and his heirs forever, also the one half of my negro girl Keziah and her increase to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Wilson WOODHOUSE that part of the tract of land whereon I now live and lying betwixt the land which I gave to my son Lancelott, and the plantation whereon said Wilson now lives and to the eastward of the path which leads from the house where I formerly lived to the main road, provided he brings no charge against me for helping and supporting my brother Hezekiah WOODHOUSE for the time he had him, but in case he brings any such charge, then my will and desire is that the said piece of land being willed to him be sold to pay off said acct, also one negro girl named Judith to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I lend to my daughter Dorcas WOODHOUSE after the death of my beloved wife, the use of all the houses which I have hereunto loaned to my beloved wife. I also lend to my beloved daughter aforesaid the use of that part of my plantation and land which lies betwixt the main road and the path which runs from the main road near the corner of my son Wilson’s plantation to the house where I formerly lived, binding the land which I have herein willed to said Wilson, and from the said house where I formerly lived, along the fence eastward to the fence that runs through my Plantation, called the division fence, then southwardly to the south end of my plantation, thence to a little bridge at the main road and so with the main road to the foot of said path during her natural life, and such part of said land as is not given herein before to my son Lancelott, I give to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy all that part of my land which I have not herein before given away lying to the westward of the main road and also my negro woman Sarah and her increase, and negro girl Beckey, and one negro boy, Moses, also one mare called Dimond, also two beds and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give to my daughter Dorcas one negro woman Rose, and one negro boy, Jacob, and one boy, Abel, one young mare called Pheny, also two beds, and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Keziah POYNER one negro girl, Mary, one negro boy, Tommy, to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I will and devise that my executors herein after named reserve for and give to my grandson, Banister JARVIS, one hundred dollars with the interest thereof: provided he lives to come to the age of twenty one years, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and begueath to my three sons, Wilson, Hezekiah, and Lancelott, the balance of the money due me by note and otherwise, after deducting the above hundred dollars, to be equally divided betwixt them, to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I will and devise that the property which I have herein loaned to my beloved wife which is not otherwise disposed of be equally divided, after her death, between my three daughters, Keziah POYNER, Dorcas WOODHOUSE, and Nancy WOODHOUSE, to them and their heirs forever. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved son Lancelott WOODHOUSE, and my trusty friend Edward HARDY my whole and sole executors of this my last will and Testament, revoking all former wills and confirming this only to be my last will and testament, done this 16th day of November 1814.
/s/ Hadley WOODHOUSE seal
Signed, Sealed & pronounced in presence of
Silah [her mark] SANDERSON
Recorded & Examined the [blank] day of [blank].
[Note: Probate date is from Currituck County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. Also Note: The witness, Silah SANDERSON, was a sister of Hadley WOODHOUSE. Her name is found in the records spelled variously as Silah, Seala, Sealia, and, at least once, mistakenly written as Julia. Silah/Seala/Sealia WOODHOUSE married John SANDERSON (d. 1801).
Transcript corrected by Marty Holland 2003].
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