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Will of Anthony Bourdeaux Sr

Contributed by Jason Bordeaux
Transcribed by Barbara Shore
New Hanover County, NC Wills Book C, page 18

In the name of God Amen, I Anthony Bourdeaux of the county of New Hanover and Province of North Carolina, being very sick and weak, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say,

First of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of the Almighty God that gave it me and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting, but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such mortal estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

First I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife, Priscilla Bourdeaux, the third part of all my personal estate and to peaceable enjoy my house and plantation, and all privileges pertaining to the same during her natural life or widowhood and—

Also, I give and bequeath to my oldest son, Anthony, the one half of my land, the upper part including my plantation after his mother's decease or widowhood;

Also, I give and bequeath to my second son James, the lower half of the said land.

Also, I give and bequeath to my oldest daughter, Martha, one shilling sterling.

Also, I give and bequeath to my sons, Peter and Daniel, that tract of land laying to the west of Long Creek, to be equally divided between them.

Also, I give and bequeath to my three youngest sons, John, Israel and Isaac, a certain tract of land laying in Duplin County in the north side of Rockfish Creek, and after my just debts is all paid, the remainder of my estate to be appraised and divided between my daughter, Priscilla Larkins, and my youngest daughter Ann Bourdeaux, in proportion with my sons and the remainder of my estate to be equally divided between three of my sons according to their several disadvantages in the land before mentioned; and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, disannull all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequeaths and execution ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of August in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and sixty-six.

Signed, sealed and declared by the said Anthony Bourdeaux as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have here so subscribed our names: Moses Yarbrough and Peter P. Lamb

I also appoint and ordain my well beloved wife and my friends James Larkins and Timothy Bloodworth my sole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.

 August 14, 1767

To all before whom this shall come is to give notice and declare there being a small mistake in my Last Will and Testament it came to my mind to alter and rectify that small mistake being in my perfect senses and right understanding, not disallowing my will only to alter this small part which is concerning that tract of land in Duplin, that it may be sold immediately or at any time when proper for the benefit of the said three sons, and which is mentioned in my will do them and only theirs therefore, I do hereby impower my well beloved son James Larkins to make sale of the said land as he shall see best for their use and benefit, as witness my hand and seal the 14th day of August 1767.

Witnesses: Anthony Bourdeaux and James Bourdeaux

New Hanover Inferior Court April 1769
The written Will was produced to the Court and proved in the oath of Peter Lamb, one of the subscribing evidences, in due form of law. Also the written codicil to the Will of the said Anthony Bourdeaux, proved on the oath of Anthony Bourdeaux, Jr. in due form of law. And at the same time, Priscilla Bourdeaux, executrix therein named, qualified such agreeable to law, ordered such letter testamentary accordingly.

13 May 1769, John London