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Will of James Innes
Contributed by
Nola Duffy
Source: NC Wills & Inventories - Grimes
Written: 1754

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.


Done at Winchester, in Virginia, in presence of us, Sign'd, Sealled, & published:


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

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