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Will of Moses John DeRossett

Contributed by Nola Duffy
Source: NC Wills & Inventories - Grimes
Written: 1768

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I, Moses John DeRosset, of Wilmington, in the province of North Carolina, practioner in physic and Surgery, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say:

First of all, I order that my executors hereinafter named do pay all my just debts and funeral expences; Also I give, bequeath and devise all my estate, both real and personal, of what kind or quality soever, to my beloved wife, Mary, and to my daughter, Magdalene-Mary & my son, Armand - John,their heirs and assignes forever, to be equally divided among, them, share and share alike; and I do make my said wife executrix, and my brother, Lewis—Henry DeRosset, and my friends, John DuBois, James Moore and Marmaduke Jones, esquires, executors of this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all wills by me heretofore made.

And I do also nominate and appoint my said executors to be guardians of my said son and daughter until they shall arrive at the age of twenty one years of age respectively. And in case both my children should die before they shall arrive at age, or the day of Marriage, then it is my will that my whole estate should belong to my said wife, to hold to her heirs and assigns forever.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal & published this as my last will and testament, the thirtieth day of November, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and sixty seven.


Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testator as & for his last will and testament, in his presence, in the room where he was, & in the presence of each other: (the words "their heirs & assigns forever"
being first interlined).

WILMINGTON, the 1st Of March, 1768.
Ardhibald Maclaine, Esquire, one of the Subscribing Witnesses to the within Will personally appeared before me and made oath that he saw the within mentioned Moses John DeRossett, the Testator, Sign, Seal, publish, pronounce and declare this to be his Last Will and Testament; and that at the Time thereof he, the Testator, was of sound and disposing mind & Memory according to the best of this Deponents knowledge and belief.

Copied from the Original Will, filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.