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The last will and Testament of Wilson WOODHOUSE decd. Exhibited and proved at Aug. term 1817.
In the name of God amen. I Wilson WOODHOUSE of Currituck county in the state of North Carolina, being weak in body, but of a sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and Testament, in manner and form following.
Imprimis. I give and recommend my soul to almighty God, who first gave it to me and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in life, I give and devise and dispose of in the following manner and form.
I give and bequeath unto my two sons Daniel WOODHOUSE and Wilson WOODHOUSE all my land and plantation whereon I now live adjoining the land of Thomas POYNER on the north and the land of Lancelot WOODHOUSE and Nancy WOODHOUSE on the south and binding on Charles GREEGS’ line on the West, equally shear and shear alike my son Daniel WOODHOUSE to have the south part of said land and if either of my sons should die before he has an heir lawfully begotten of his body, then his part to go to the surviving one, them and their heirs lawfully begotten, for ever.
Item. I leave the piece of land that I bought of Thomas SAUNDERSON SENR. and Anne SAUNDERSON, containing twenty five acres, more or less, reference being made to the deed for the boundaries, to be sold by my Executor hereafter mentioned for six months credit, and the money arising from the sale of said land to be equally divided between my two sons Daniel and Wilson WOODHOUSE, excepting my wife Polly WOODHOUSE will convey and give by deed to my two sons or otherwise all of that tract or parcel of land that fell to her by the death of her mother, then and in that case the above land not to be sold, but to be equally divided between them to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I leave the piece of land that I bought of Thomas DOWDIE the son of William if recovered, to be sold by my Executor hereafter mentioned at Publick or private sale, leaving it at the discretion of my said Executor and I do fully authorize and impower my said Executor to make a deed of conveyance for the same to the purchaser with all the appurtenances and boundaries of said land reference being had to the deed for said boundaries, with all my right and title in and to the said premises above alluded to and mentioned, as I could do were I personally present myself and the money arising from the sale of said land to be equally divided between my two sons Daniel and Wilson Woodhouse, to them and their heirs forever, and if either of them should die before they come to lawful age, his part to go to the surviving one.
Item. I give to my son Daniel WOODHOUSE one negro man named Jack, to him and his heirs, only I reserve and lend the use of said negro to my wife Polly WOODHOUSE during her widowhood and no longer and if my son should die before he comes to full age, then the said negro to go to my son W: WOODHOUSE.
Item. I give to my Wilson WOODHOUSE one negro girl named Judy, only I lend the use of said girl to my wife Polly WOODHOUSE, during her widowhood, and no longer, and if my said son should die before he comes to lawful age, then for her to go his brother D: WOODHOUSE. And I give to my said son W: WOODHOUSE one set of silver tea spoons, one feather bed and furniture, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give to my son Daniel WOODHOUSE two feather beds and furniture.
Item. I give to my two sons Daniel and Wilson WOODHOUSE, and my wife Polly WOODHOUSE, all my stock of all kind equally divided only I lend my wife the use of their pats (sic) of my stock during her widowhood, to them and their heirs forever. I give all my notes of hand and accounts to my two sons Daniel and Wilson WOODHOUSE, equally between them for the purpose of schooling them. I leave all the remainder of my property not given away to be equally divided between my two sons Daniel and Wilson WOODHOUSE and my wife Polly WOODHOUSE, excepting one feather bed and furniture I give to my wife Polly WOODHOUSE and her heirs. I lend to my wife Polly WOODHOUSE all of the parts of my two sons of the above, to my said wife during her widowhood and at her marriage or death, then the division to take place, to them and their heirs forever. I do nominate, constitute, make and appoint Thomas POYNER, my whole sole Executor of this my last will and Testament. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of Feby 1817.
/s/ Wilson WOODHOUSE (seal)
Signed, sealed, Published, declared in the presence of us
Thomas SAUNDERSON Jurat
Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)
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