Wills & Inventories - Grimes
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I, James Innes, of Cape Fear, in North
Carolina in America, Coll. of the Regement of sd. Province, (Raised for
His Majestys imediate Service and Commanded in Chief of this Expedition
to the Ohio, Against the French & there Indeans, whoe have most
unjustly Invaided & fertified Them Selves on His Majestys Land),
Being now readdey to enter upon Action & of Sound minde, Memory
& Understanding, Do make this my Last Will & Testament, in
Manner & Forme following, viz:
I recomend my Soul to the Almighty God that gave it, relying on the
merits of Jesus Christ for Mercy at the last day. My Bodie, I most
freely Offer to be disposed off as God in His wise providence shall
please to direct.
I recomend the paying of all my Just & Lawful Debts, instantly or
when demanded. I direct a remittance may be
made to Edinburgh, Sufficient to pay for a Church Bell for the Parish
Church of Cannesby, in Caithness, agreeable to my Letter to mr. Jams.
Broadee, Minister there.
I also appoint and direct, that there may be a furder remittance made
of one hundred Pounds, Sterll., for the Use of the Poor of the said
Parish of Cannesby, and the said summ of One hundred Pounds, to be put
to Interest for the use of the Poor of Said Parish, as formerly
directed by me.
I also give & bequeath, att the Death of my Loving Wife, Jean
lnnes, my Plantation Called Point Pleasant, & the Opposite mash
Land over the River, for which there is a Separate Patent, Two Negro
young Women, One Negro young Man, and there Increase; all the Stock of
Cattle and Hogs, halfe the Stock of Horses belonging att the time to
that Plantation With all my Books, and one hundred Pounds Sterling, or
the Equivalent thereunto in the currency of the Country, For the Use of
a Free School for the Benefite of the Youth of North Carolina. And to
see that this part of my Will be dewly Executed att the time, I appoint
the Colonell of the New Hanover Regiment, the Parson of Willmington
Church & the Vestrey for the time being, or the Majority, of them
as they Shall from time to time be Choised or Appointed.
The Residue of my Estate, both reall and personall, I leave to the Sole
disposall of my Loving Wife and companion of my Life, Jean Innes, whome
I appoint to be Sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament,
which I desire may be recorded in the Publique Regester.
In testimony hereof, I have put my hand and Seall, this fifth day of
July, and in the Year of our Lord, God, One thousand, Seven hundred,
fifty and four.
JAMES INNES (Seal).
Done at Winchester, in Virginia, in presence of us, Sign'd, Sealled,
The foregoing Last Will and Testament of James Innes, Esquire, was duly
proved before me by the oath of Caleb Grainger, who made Oath on the
holy Evangelists, that he saw and heard the said James Innes, sign,
seal and publish the foregoing as, and for, his last Will and Testament
in the presence of the said Caleb Grainger, John Carlyle, and William
Cocks, who subscribed their respective Names as. Evidences thereto, in
presence of the Testator, who was at the same time of sound and
Disposing Memory and Understanding.
Let Letters Testamentary Issue hereof to Jean Innes, Executrix in the
foregoing Will named.
Brunswick, 9th., Octor., 1759.
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