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The Last Will and Testament of Philip Blount
In the name of God, Amen. I, Philip Blount, of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina, and being sick and weak of body, but of perfect minded memory, thanks be given unto God, calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors. Nothing but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate as it hath been pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of same in the following manner and form.
First, I give to my beloved children, John Blount, Ann Humphrey, Jacob Blount, Elizabeth Shanks and Sealy Willis one dollar each of them as their full share of my estate.
Item I give to my beloved son, Philip Blount two hundred fifty acres of land lying on the side of Nance's bay between Saddletree and Ten Mile Swamp, being in two tracts. Also I give my son Philip one bed and furniture.
Item I give to my beloved sons, Readin and Cornelius Blount, the plantation whereof I now live, together with the remainder of all my lands. Also I give to each of my sons, Readin and Cornelius, one bed and furniture.
Item I give to my beloved daughters, Rachel and Margaret Blount, each of them one bed and furniture, also I give each of them one cow and calf.
Item I give to my beloved wife, Margaret Blount, the use of the plantation whereon I now live during her natural life or widowhood---- I also give to my beloved wife the remainder of my property of every description during her lifetime and her death she at liberty to dispose it as she please---
And I do nominate and appoint my friends, William Humphrey and John Blount executors, and my beloved wife Executrix to the this my last will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannull all and every other former Testaments, Wills, legacies, requests executed by me, in any way before named Will and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other, to be my last will and testament. In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th day of May 1801----- -------
Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and declared by the said Philip Blount as his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other, have herewith subscribed our names.
Philip (his mark) Blount (Seal)
Philip Blount Will made and Executed May the 17th day 1801
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