Will of Edward Pearsall
Contributed by Pauline Pierce
Edward Pearsall's last Will & Testament
Proved in Court by the Oath of Wm Orr one of the Witnesses thereto June 1762
Benjn. Evans & Cathn. Pearcel Qualified in Court according To Law as Exor & Executrix
Registered 10th November 1762 in Book E
Ja. Moran regr.
In the name of God Amen, I Edward Pearsall being weak in body but of sound and perfect memory praise be God therefore do make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner & form following: first and principally I recommend my soul to God who gave it and as to the temporal estate it hath pleased him to bestow upon me I give and dispose of as follows
First I will that all my lawfull debts be paid and discharged & also my funeral charges at the discretion of my executors & executrix herein after mentioned
Item I do give and bequeath all my land to my two sons James & Edward to be divided by the main Branch that runs through my land as far as the park & from thence to the head of my land to be divided by & at the discretion of my executors
Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved son James the sd plantation and buildings and all my land on that side of the said Branch to him his heirs and assigns forever in consideration of which he must pay to my well beloved son Jeremiah thirty pounds proclamation money when he is eighteen years of age
Item I do give and bequeath to my well beloved son Edward all my land on the other side of said Branch to him & his heirs and assigns forever
Item I do give and bequeath all my estate real and personal, to my beloved wife during her widowhood and one third part of my moveable estate to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item I do give and bequeath all the remaining part of my moveable estate to be equelly divided between my beloved sons and daughters
And do hereby appoint and ordain my beloved wife CATHERINE executrix with Benjamin Evens & ? James? executors of this my last will & testament and I do hereby disavow and make void all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made in witness whereof I have set my hand & seal at Saint James Parrish in New Hanover County in North Carolina inthe year of our Lord God One thousand seven hundred and sixty two.
The words to him his heirs and asigns forever Between the eleventh & twelveth lines inter lined before the ensealing and signing of these