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Will of William Durham - 1783



Warren County Original Wills, 1780-1931

William Durham, 1793
Division of Archives and History
Raleigh, NC
State of North Carolina

In the name of God Amen. This first day of August one thousand seven hundred eighty three I William Durham of the County of Warren being at this time weak of body but of sound mind and ________? memory. Thanks be to almighty God for the same but call to mind of being appointed for Man to die do ordain this my last will and testament first resigning soul to him who first gave to me and as for my mortal body I desire may be committed to the earth and buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors thereafter mentioned as to my worldly estate the Blessed Lord had been pleased to bestow upon me I give and desire in manner and form following first that all my just debts be honorably paid and my funeral expenses discharged.

I will and desire that all my estate of every kind whatsoever be may be equally divided amongst all my children. I desire that my two Negroes Harrah and Sarah be appraised by a good reputable Freeholder at twelve months credit to be charged by my executors for that purpose upon the same being appraised that the said two Negroes may choose their master or ________? any of children upon such one they make choice pay unto each of my other children their proportion with them or give bono security to them for their proportion payable in twelve months. Having sold Ezekiel Marshall one certain tract or parcel of land adjoining the land of my son William Durham, Matthew Mirrack? ________ and having not conveyed the same to him and the said Marshall having not paid up the purchase money and in order to do equal right and denture? to him the said Marshall that upon him the said Marshall paying up the purchase money or give his bono to my Excors according to our said contract that is to say ten pounds three shilling Virginia money next Christmas and six pounds Virginia money the Christmas following, then in that case I do authorize my Executors to execute a deed for the conveyance of the same in fee simple to Him the said Ezekiel Marshall.

I do nominate and appoint my son William Durham and son-in-law Dudley Hale my whole and late executors of this my last will and testament _____? by dismantling? all other wills made by me.

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered William Durham (Seal)In the Presence of

Sterling Harwell(Seal)
Frankey Durham (Her Mark)
Warren County August Court 1793

This last will and testament of William Durham died was proved by the oath of Sterling Harwell and ordered to be recorded and the above named Executors qualified. (Signed?) M. ? Johnson (Seal)



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