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Will of Eleazar Allen

Contributed by Nola Duffy
Source: NC Wills & Inventories - Grimes
Written: 1742

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. I, Eleazar Allen, of New Hanover County, in the province of North Carolina, being in perfect health and of sound mind & memory do make and ordainthis my last will and Testament.

I most humbly bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator, the Infinite Father of Mercies, trusting in the alone Merits of his Son our blessed Lord & Saviour, for pardon of my Sins, and through his Mediation & Intercession hoping to be found acceptable at the last day. My Body I comit to the grave to be decently interred, attending a joyful resurrection: For such worldly goods as it has pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of them as follows:

Imps. I will that all my just Debts & funeral Charges be first, fully paid, dischargd and Satisfyed out of my Estate.

Item. I give devise & bequeath unto my dear & well beloved wife Sarah Allen, all the rest & residue of my Estate both real & personal, wheresoever lying & being which I am now possessed of or shall be possessed of at the time of my decease. And to her Executr, Administrs, Assignes forever, to be disposed by her as she shall think proper. Nevertheless, It is my desire & request unto my sd Wife that she will by her last will & testamt. give devise & bequeath, unto my two Nephews, & Neice, William Daniel & Catherine Willard, Children of Josiah Willard, Esqr., of Boston, by my Sister Catherine Willard, All that part of my Estate by me accquired, (& exclusive of what she shall be possessed, by Will, deed, or any writing whatsoever, from her Mother Sarah Trott of South Carolina) which she shall dye possessed of, or the vallue thereof; first deducting my debts, and funeral Charges out of the same, to be equally divided between my said Nephews and Neice or the survivers of them, not doubting but she will fulfill this my request.

Item. I do hereby constitute & appoint my sd loving wife Sarah Allen sole Executrix of this my last will & testament, desiring my good friends, Mr James Hassell & Nathan Rice Esqrs, to assist her in the settlement of my affairs to the utmost of their Power. And Lastly I do hereby revoke and annul all former Wills by me made.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this first day of Janu in the year of our Lord 1742.


Signd, Seal'd, published & declar'd in the presence of us,


These may Certifie that James Hasel, Esqr., one of the subscribing Evidences to the within will, appeared in open Court and made oath on the holy Evangelists that he was present and saw Eleazer Allen Sign, Seal & declare the within to be & contain his last will & Testament, and that the said Eleazer Allen then at that time of Sound & Disposing memory; and that allso he saw Susanah Hasel & Edward Mosely the other Sub- scribing Evidences, Sign their names thereto.