North Carolina
Tyrrell County
Original Will at N. C. Archives
October 23, 1790

In the name of God Amen. I, John Cannaday Senr. of Tyrrell County and state of North Carolina, being through the abundant mercy and goodness of God of a sound & perfect understanding and memory, blessed be God, do constitute this my last will & testament, first I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker beseeching his most gracious acceptance through the all sufficient merrits and mediation of my compassionate redemer Jesus Christ who gave himself to be an attonement for my sins, and is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them, and who I trust will not reject me a returning penitent sinner, when I come to him for mercy: in this hope & confidence I render up my soul with comfort humbly beseeching the most blessed and glorious trinnity one God most holy most mercifull and gracious to prepare me for the time of my dissolution and there to take me to himself unto that peace and rest and incomparable felicity which he has prepared for all those that love & fear his holy name amen, I give my body to the earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day, as for my burial I desire it may be decent without or state (?) at the discretion of my executors hereafter named who I doubt not will manage it with all requisite prudence, as to my worldly estate I will and positively order that all my just debts are paid -

Item - I give & bequeath to Richard Cannady (my son) & to his heirs lawfully begoten forever a certain parcel of land containing seventy five acres more or less being known by the name of the Tarerell (?) Neck -

Item - I give & bequeath to my son Frederick Cannady after my decease the plantation I now live on containing one hundred & fifteen acres more or less also a certain plantation known by the name of Cypress Neck, together with all the buildings on the abovementioned plantation as to the stock that I may die possessed of I hereby order it equally divided betwixt my two sons, Richard & Frederick beforementioned as to my sons George & John Cannady they having been extravagant and undutifull children I cannot with a clear conscience and do justice to my two sons who have ever been dutifull, vz Richard & Frederick, leave them more than the law requires for a child that is ? off so as not to invalidate this my will -

Item - I give & bequeath unto my sons George & John Cannady not to exceed five shillings to be paid each of them by my executors, -

Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Peacock the sum of five shillings to be paid by my executors, -

Item - I give & bequeath to my daughter Zillah Cannady to be paid as above five shilings -

Item - I give & bequeath to my daughter Amelia Measel five shillings to be paid as above -

I hereby nominate and appoint and make choice of Thomas Stubbs Snr & my son Frederick Cannady sole executors to this my last will and testament - In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal, this twenty third day October one thousand seven hundred & ninty

John Cannady Senr

Signed sealed & delivered
in presence of us
the last will & testament
of John Cannady Senr.
Robert Cushing
Thos. Wiliams
James Stubbs

Tyrrell County Jan Term 1791
Personally appeared Thomas Williams in court & made oath on the Holy Evangelist of almighty God that he saw and heard John Cannady Senr above named sign, seal, publish, pronounce & declare the above instrument of writing to be his last will & testament & at that time he was of sound, disposing mind & memory & at the same time he saw Robert Cushing & James Stubbs, subscribing witnesses sign their names thereunto & further saith not
Test Mackey CSC

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Charles W. Barnes