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The Last Will and Testament of Hezekiah WOODHOUSE was exhibited and proved May Term 1821 by Thomas BAXTER Clk.
In the name of God amen I Hezekiah WOODHOUSE Planter of the state of North Carolina and County of Currituck being of sound mind and Memory make and constitute this to be my last will and Testament first of all I recommend my immortal soul unto the hands of the immortal god that gave and my body to be buried to the discretion of my friends and as for my worldly goods where with it hath been pleased god to bless me with in give and lend in the following manner
Item. I lend unto my beloved wife Peggy WOODHOUSE the of my land that is Cleared with the privilege of fire wood and rail Timber of my wood land. Also I lend unto my wife Peggy WOODHOUSE negro woman Vilet and man Kane girl Rebecca. Also one negro boy Arthur & Caleb. All of which property I lend to her during her widowhood and after my wife Peggy WOODHOUSEs marriage or death I Give the land in the following manner
Item. I give to my son Jonathan WOODHOUSE all my land that lyeth to the Eastward of the Brickhole and across fence to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas WOODHOUSE the remainder of the plantation which I now live on beginning at the Brickhole Cross the fence to the line between me and Thomas WHITEHALL and along the said line westerly to the Branch thence along the Branch an Easterly course to the Brick hole cross the fence to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I Give unto my son Wilson WOODHOUSE all of that part of the land that was given to me by my father in his last will that lieth to the westward of the Branch bounded as followers south by Ezekial ROLLINGS deceased land and north by Lancelot WOODHOUSEs land to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Hardy WOODHOUSE all of the land and appurtenances that was given to me by his Grand father Thomas WHITE SENR. as will appear by a deed for said land to him and his heirs forever. And will and desire is that if either of my four sons Jonathan WOODHOUSE Thomas WOODHOUSE Wilson WOODHOUSE and Hardy WOODHOUSE should die without heir lawfully begotten on their body his land shall be Equally divided between the surviving or living sons and so on to the last.
Item. my will is that after the marriage or death of my wife Peggy WOODHOUSE I Give the negroes lent her in the following manner. Negro Arthur I lend to my daughter Peggy WOODHOUSE and one half of Rebecca during her life and if she dieth without heir lawfully begotten on her body the aforesaid negroe shall be equally divided between her five small Brothers and sisters.
Item. I lend to my daughter Ireana the other half of Rebecca and negro Boy Caleb during her life and if she dieth without lawful heirs begotten on her body the aforesaid negro to be divided Equally between her five small Brothers & sisters.
Item. I lend to my sons Jonathan Wilson Hardy and Thomas WOODHOUSE negro woman Vilet and her increase and negro man Isaac to be equally divided between the aforesaid boys and if either of them should die with out lawful heir begotten of their Body their part to be equally divided between the others (unclear word) that may survive or (unclear word).
Item. I lend to my daughter Dorcas FORBES and son Hadley WOODHOUSE Negro man Jacob and woman Sarah and her increase to be equally divided between them and if either of them should die without lawful heirs begotten on their body there part to belong to the other.
My will and desire is that negro Jacob & Sarah shall continue on My Plantation untill next January. Also I lend unto my daughter Dorcas FORBES one feather bed and Chest Also I lend unto my son Hadley WOODHOUSE one feather Bed provided that the aforesaid Hadley WOODHOUSE and Dorcas FORBES doth never sue for any other negroes ever belonging to my Estate or cause any (unclear word) or costs if they do the aforesaid Negro to be sold for six months credit and the amount of account of sale to be equally Divided between the rest of My children.
Item. I lend to my wife all the money and notes that I have for the purpose of schooling my small Children at her discretion.
Item. I Give unto my daughter Polly GREGORY one negro Girl Rose and if she should die without lawfull heirs begotten on her body the said Negro to go to my six smallest Children Also one bed and furniture one cow and calf one Chest and table which bed cow and calf chest and table she has had.
Item. my will and desire is that my negro Boy named Jordan be sold by my Executor for six months credit and the money arising from the sale of said negro I give the one half unto my Daughter Polly GREGORY and the other half of the money arising from the sale of the said negroe I Give unto my six smallest children.
Item I lend unto my wife Peggy WOODHOUSE during her widowhood the use of all the remainder part of my Estate not mentioned in this will and after her marriage or death my will and desire is that what property shall remain be sold for six months credit and the money or notes arising from said sale to be equally divided between my six smallest children.
And I hereby make and ordain my beloved wife Peggy WOODHOUSE my whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I the said Hezekiah WOODHOUSE hath hereunto set my hand and seal this the 2 day of March 1821.
/s/ Hezekiah WOODHOUSE (seal)
Signed sealed pronounced published by the Testator to be his last will & testament in presence of
Hulda [her mark] GIBSON
Thomas BAXTER Clk.
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