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Will of William Jones
Contributed by Barbara Shore
Will Book AB, page 65, New Hanover County, NC Wills; proved December Term 1802

Whereas I, William Jones, of the State of North Carolina and County of New Hanover, being of sound and perfect memory do this 20th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say,

I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth the land and plantation in Duplin Co. whereon Leonard Mills now lives and also the upper half of the two surveys in New Hanover Co. lying in the fork of Rockfish and Mills Creek, the dividing line to be on Rockfish and run from thence out to the head line, the said lands and all and singular improvements, appertenances, etc, thereunto belonging, and

To my daughter, Ann, I give and bequeath 300 acres or all my land being on Doctor's Creek which fell to my part in the division of the estate of James Bloodworth, deceased, with also the improvements, appertenances, thereunto belonging, and

To my two sons, David and William Rufus, I give and bequeath the plantation whereon I now live with also each and every part and parcel or tract of my land thereunto adjoining with also all the improvements, appertenances, thereunto belonging, which said several parcels of land are to be equally divided between my said two sons.

All the residue of my lands which are not herein before printed with all my personal property, negroes, etc., I leave to be divided for each of my four children and the money from the sale of the property, after paying all my just debts, I leave to be apportioned for all my children with each an equal share and the same to all my negroes, I leave to be equally divided among my four children, but no division to be of the same unto each of my children as they become of age. The legacies herein left to my children and lands, I desire should be rented out and the negroes hired annually.

And, now for the purpose of carrying unto affect this my last Will and Testament, I do hereby make and ordain my brother, David Jones, my brother-in-law Timothy Bloodworth, and my brother-in-law James Bloodworth my executors to this my Last Will and Testament. In witness thereof, the said William Jones have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year above witnessed.

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said William Jones, the testator, as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us which were present at the time of the signing and sealing thereof.

D. Jones, Timothy Bloodworth, Ann Bloodworth

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