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Will of Hector McNEIL, 1803

Transcribed by Beatrice McEachern Bullock

“In the name of God Amen. I, Hector McNeill of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina, being weak in body but a perfect mind and memory, do make this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following, (Vis);

First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife two Negroes, Quash and Hannah, likewise all my stock and household furniture to dispose of as she thinks proper, also the plantation whereon I now live and all my land adjoining it during her lifetime and then to become my son William’s.

Second: I give and bequeath to my son Malcolm, two Negroes, Ben and Susan, also one hundred acres of land lying on Bear Swamp.

Third, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Isabella, one Negro girl named Eve. I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine one Negro wench named Lena, except her issue which I wish to be divided in the following manner (if any there should be) Viz; My son William to have the first child; my daughter, Mary the next, then should said wench have any more issue I desire that it should be divided equally between Isabella, Catherine, William and Mary. If said wench, Lena, should be without issue, then said Negroes, Ben, Susan, Eve, and Lena to be equally divided between my children Malcolm, Isabella, Catherine, William and Mary.

I also appoint my son Malcolm and my son-in-law Daniel Buie executors of this last Will and Testament.
In witness thereof, I here unto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of September 1803.

Signed and sealed in the presence of,
Neill Buie
Daniel Buie
Hector McNeill
His mark


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