In the name of God, Amen. I, Richard Pemberton, of Halifax County in the State of North Carolina, being sick and weak but of perfect and sound mind and
understanding of calling to mind the uncertainty of life the certainty of death, do make and constitute this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form
as followith, and first I give my Soul to God that gave it to me hoping that He will pardon my sins and take me into his favor through the meditation of
Intercession of my Blessed Saviour, and as for my body, I desire that it may be buried at the discretion of my Executors and friends, hoping that the Lord
will raise it up at the last day in Glory, and as for my worldly goods that the Lord hath blessed me with. I will and bequeath as following:
Item, I give to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Pemberton, all my household goods and furniture that I am now in possession of, also together with all my horses,
cattle and hogs except my Bay horse that I bought of William Jackson which I reserve for some other use hereafter mentioned, also together with the land and
plantation that I now live on if Charles Blanton should recover it of Henry Montfort and Josiah Gardner, according to an agreement made between me and said
Charles Blanton as may be made appear in writing, and if the aforesaid Charles Blanton should or could not recover, such right to the land afore mentioned,
then I give to my beloved wife that twenty five pounds current money of Virginia that the aforesaid Charles Blanton hath in his hands as the full value of
the Land as will be made appear by a bond that I have now in my hands for the Establishing Such Bargain or "Rights of Land or money": all which I give to my
wife Elizabeth forever to her own proper use and behalf, to sell or dispose of as she may think best.
Item: I give to my son, William Pemberton, five shillings specie.
Item: I give to my son, Jesse Pemberton, five shillings specie.
Item: I give to my son Joshua Pemberton, five shillings specie, As for the Bay horse that I have not given away, I desire that he may be sold and the money
arising from such sale to be for the discharging of all my just debts, and if any money should be remaining after my just debts are paid, it to return to my
wife, Elizabeth Pemberton, again to her own personal use. And furthermore I constitute and appoint my loving wife wholly and soully Executor of this my Last
Will and Testament, revoking and disannulling all other Wills but this. Given under my hand and seal this 2nd day of March in the year of our Lord Christ
Signed, sealed and delivered
In presence of
Halifax County August Court 1784
Then this will was executed and duly proven in open court by the oath of Elizabeth Wood who on her oath did say that she saw the testator sign and seal
publish and declare this to be his Last Will and Testament and that at the time of signing the same he was of sound mind and memory to the best of my
knowledge and belief and on motion ordered to be recorded.