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Will of Ralph REGAN, 1795
Transcribed by Lynn Prettyman, Oct 2000
The Last Will and Testament of Ralph Regan In the name of God amen. I, Ralph Regan, of the County Robeson and State of North Carolina, planter, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament. That is to say, 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 executor, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection to receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and bequeath of the same in the following manner and form. First, I give and bequeath to my well beloved son, Joseph Regan four hundred acres of land in two surveys on the north side of the Ten Mile Swamp, by him to be freely possessed and enjoyed. Secondly, I give and bequeath to my well beloved son, Samuel Regan, four hundred acres of land in two surveys on the Wildcat Branch, by him to be freely possessed and enjoyed. Thirdly, I give and request to my well beloved Daniel Regan all my part of the plantation now possessed by Ann Regan, by him to be freely possessed and enjoyed. Fourthly, I give and bequest unto my dear beloved wife, Millie Reagan, the plantation whereof I now live, and all the rest of my property which is not before mentioned, by her to be freely possessed and enjoyed for the support of her and her family during her life or widowhood and at the end of that period to be divided as follows: To my son, Richard Regan, the plantation whereof I now live and all the Land adjoining to it, and to my daughters, Olive Powers, Sarah Regan, Nancy Regan and Martha Regan, one hundred pounds each, to be paid them in Negroes, and the rest of my property to be equally divided among all my Children and I do further constitute and ordain my son, Joseph Regan and my son-in-law, Matthew Powers sole executors of this, my last will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former Testament, Wills, Legacies, Bequests and Executors by me in any way before named, Willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this fourteenth day of August one thousand seven hundred ninety-five. Ralph Regan Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Ralph Regan as his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and the presence of each other, have hereto subscribed our names John Regan (his mark) Ala (her mark) Regan Ralph Regan Will 1795 Page 39 Recorded in Book A, Page 39, July 1826
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