LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF RICHARD ADAMS - 1777
Transcribed by Anne Tindall
Posted February 10, 2008 by Myrtle Bridges
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Adams of the County of Anson and province of North Carolina being sick
and weak of body and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it was ordained for all men once
to die, have therefore thought fit and convenient to make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament
and in the first place I recommend my soul to God that gave it my body to the earth to be barried in a Christian
like manner nothing doubting but that I shall receive it again in fullness of joy at the resurrection of the just.
And in the first place my will is that all my just debts be paid and satisfied after which I give and dispose of
my estate in form and manner as following.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary One Shilling Sterling money of Great Brittain.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son James One Shilling Sterling money of Great Brittain.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son William One Shilling Sterling money of Great Brittain.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas One Shilling of Great Brittain.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Betsy one cow and calf one feather bed and one spinning wheel.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Prudence one Shilling Sterling money of Great Brittain.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Richard one copper Still. Also I give and bequeath to my son Richard my Negro
boy named Hutckuiks My will in trust is that in case my son Richard marry I give and bequeath to him half my house
hold stuff. But in case he should die before without lawful issue that the the premises granted to him the said Richard
be equally divided among the rest of my children.
I lend to my well beloved wife Amy the use of the premises and negro boy during her natural life and I give and bequeath
to my son Richard five pounds lawful money. And I give and bequeath to my wife Amy all the rest of estate of every sort
and kind whatsoever during her natural life and afterwards to my son Richard and I do hereby constitute and appoint my
loved wife Amy my Executor and my well beloved son Richard Executor to this my will and testament repairing and confirming
this to be my last will and testament annulling and disallowing all other wills heretofore made by me in witness whereof
I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the nineteenth day of August 1777. Richard Adams (his mark)
Sealed and delivered in the presence of George Carter (his mark), William Adams (his mark), Benjamin Powell
Richmond County. June Court of 1782. The within will of Richard Adams was exhibited in open court and proven by the oath
of George Carter one of the witnesses thereto, who saw the other witnesses subscribe their names thereto.
Test. Wm. Love, Clerk
Richmond County NC Clerk of Court, Book 1, Pages 12 and 13
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