Original Will at N. C. Archives
November 22, 1818
State of North Carolina Tyrrell County
Know all men that I Anthony Alexander of the county and state aforesaid, being in perfect health of body and of a sound disposing mind knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time when it may happen do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
Imprimis. I give to my dearly beloved wife Elena Alexander my house & one half of my manner plantation during her natural life.
Item. I give and bequeath to my said wife my house sterling, two cows & calves, two ewes & lambs, all my hogs, also my household and kitchen furniture to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give all my land to my four sons, Allen, Ephraim, Nathan & Reddin Besaly (?), to be equally divided between them, themselves and their heirs forever.
Item. I give to my two daughters Gemima Tarkenton & Nancy Desheal one shilling sterling to be paid them in one year after my death. I also relinquish all my right to that property which I have already let them have which I consider to be a full portion of my estate.
Item. After my just debts are paid I desire the remainder of my estate to be equally divided amongst my six children, namely, Allen, Ephraim, Nathan, Reddin Besaly (?), Mehaly & Asenath to them and their heirs forever.
Finally, I constitute ordain and appoint my dearly beloved wife Elena Alexander executrix and my sons Allen, Ephraim, Nathan & Reddin Besaly, executors of this my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty second day of November in the year of our Lord and Savior 1818.
Signed sealed and declared to be the last will of Anthony Alexander in presence of us
Snoad B. Carraway
(Note that Elaner Alexr & Allen Alexr qualified as exr.)
Tyrrell County Oct Term 1821
This will was exhibited & proved in open court by the oath of Ebenezer Pettigrew one of the subscibing witnesses thereto who also swore that he saw the other two witnesses whose names are thereto signed, sign the same as concurring evidence (?) thereto and ordered to be recorded.
James Wood Clk
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