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Will of Evan Jones

Contributed by Barbara Shore
GS Film 019,386, Deeds, New Hanover County, NC with Some Wills proved May Court 1756 page 187

In the name of God Amen. The 29th day of January Anno Domini 1756, I, Evan Jones, being aged, but of perfect mind and memory, calling to 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, absolutely disannulling all and every other Will and Testament by me heretofore made either by word or writing and declaring and cooberating this to be my only Will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and bequeath my Soul into the hand of God who gave it, trusting alone in the merits of Jesus Christ for the pardon of my sins and salvation and my Body I commit to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the descretion of my executor and executrix hereafter named, not doubting but I shall receive the same at the resurrection by the might power of God and as for the Temporal estate as it hath pleased Almightly God to bestow on me in this life, I give and bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner and form—

Impremis - I will that all my just debts and my funeral charges defrayed out of my movable estate by my executor and executrix.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife one third of all my moveable estate and her living on my Home place with all the forfeits, previledges and advantages of it during her natural life.

Item, I give unto my son, William Jones 500 acres of land being the upper one half of a Tract of 1,000 acres opposite to my home tract on the East side of the NE River, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rebecca James, 500 acres of land called Water Mellon Run below my home tract, to her, her heirs and assigns forever.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret Jones (after her mother's decease) my home place with all the improvements thereon, to her, her heirs and assigns forever.

Item, I give all my movable estate, goods, chattles, negroes, after my wife's decease what should be left of them to all my children to be equally divided.

Item, I give unto my son, William Jones my negro boy Prince and unto my daughter Margaret my negro girl Bella, to them and their assigns forever.

Anything herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding and I do constitute, ordain and appoint my son-in-law, Patrick Boylin and my well beloved wife, executor and executrix of my last Will and Testament.

his mark
Evan X Jones

Signed, Sealed, pronounced and declared to be my last Will and Testament in the presence of Jeremiah Hand, John Ellis, Henry Skibbow.