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Will of Butler Ashford

Contributed by Jason Bordeaux
In the name of God Amen, I Butler Ashford of Wilmington, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory thanks be to God, for the same, I do constitute make and ordain this my last wil l & testament in manner and form following (viz)

FIRST: I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it to me and my body to be buried in a decent manner at the direction of my executors and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with, I give and devise in the manner and form following (to wit)

FIRST: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Ashford the house and lott I now live on, on the hill in the Town of Wilmington, on the North side of Orange Street containing sixty three feet one way & thirty tree the other, also one half a marked lot containing one hundred feet in length & thirty three deep - also I give to her three Negroes (viz) Easter, Daniel & Buck also one half of the furniture I posses which I give to her, her heirs and assigns forever.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sussannah Asheford the remaining part of the Lott on the North side of Orange Street adjoining Shadrick Springs also I give her my Market Wharfe lot on the north corner of Market Wharfe also the vacant lott above the church, and for her not to take papers on until she arrives to the age of eighteen years or marries. Also I give her two small Negroes Harriett & Ben also the other half of my furniture to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

And I do hereby nominate or dain and appoint my beloved wife Sarah Asheford & my beloved friend Richard Bradley my whole executrix and executor to this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this the 6th day of July 1806.

Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us
Nath. Loomis
Charles Eayton

Onslow County; in court Oct., Term 1806
The written will was proved in open court by Nat. Loomis & Sarah Ashford the Executrix therein named, qualified agreeable to law Ordered to have letters testamentary.

Nat. Loomis, C.S.C.
Interlined between the 25th & 26th line before

Butler Ashford (seal)