In the name of God amen: I, Edward Hassell of Tyrel County in North Carolina being verey sick in body but in perfect memorey thanks be to Amigty God and calling to remembrance the incrtain state of this transantory life and that all flesh must yeald unto death when it shall pleas God to call I do make constitute ordain and declair this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Revoaking and annuling by these presence all and every Testament and Testaments Will and Wills herefore by me made Declared either by word or writing and this onley to be taken for my last Will and Testament and none other first being penitent and sorey from the bottom of my hart for my sins past humbley desiring forgivness for the same I give and commit my soul to Almighty God my Savour and Redeemer in whome and in merrits of Jesus Crist I trust and belive assuredly to be saved and have remission and forgiveness of all my sins that my soul with my body at the General day of Resurection shall rise and inherit the Kingom of Heaven prepared for his elect and chosen and body to be buryed in such a place as it shall please my executors hereafter appointed and now for the settling my temperal estate and such goods and chattels as it hath pleased God far above my deserts bestowed upon me I do order give and dispose the same in manner and form following.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Edward Hassell my plantation whereon I now live with all the lands belonging to me on the west side Scupernong River to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Sollomon Hassell one cow hefer being at his owne pen and the increase and one puter quart pott and one half my crosscut saw and no moore.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son John Hassell a peace of land on the East side Scupernond River whereon he formley lived lying in the fork of a swamp and binding on a line of marked trees made between him and my son Elisha Hassell including all my land to the Easterd of the said line to him and his heirs and assigns forever also one half my crosscut saw one safe one wooling wheal one cow and calf my riding horse one stone jug one earthen fat pott one earthen butter pan.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Elisha Hassell my old plantation on the East side of Scupernong River known by the name of Harts Delight will all the lands belonging to the same to him and heirs lawfully begotten of his body also a tract of new sevayed land called the pine saplin thickett binding on a line of marked trees made between him and my son John Hassell and all the land belonging to the same to the Westerd of the said line to him and his heirs and assigns forever also all my cattle and stock of cattle belong to my plantation of Harts Delight also one hand mill and mill picks one large iron kettle one large puter dish one five quart bason two puter plated one earthen plate one case & bottles one large black wallonet table one feather bed one bolster one sheet one rug one blanket and all my sheep excepting two my will and desire is further that is if my son Elisha Hassell shuld dye without any heirs lawfully begotten of his body that my son John Hassell my have heir and posess my plantation of Hearts Delight with all the land belonging to the same to him the said John Hassell and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jemima Tarkington one shilling sterling and no moore.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Keziah Clifton one shilling sterling money and no moore.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Alexander one shilling sterling money and no moore.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Tarkington one chist of drawers and one cow calf or heffer of the bread called browneys and no moore.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Hassell all the remaining part of my estate to him and his heirs and assigns my debts being paid.
Item - And I do constitute and appoint my well beloved sons Edwd Hassell and Elisha Hassell to be my executors of this my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of October in the year of our Lord 1772
Edward (his -x- mark) Hassell (Seal)
Signed Sealed Published and Delivered
by the said Edward Hassell to be his
last Will and Testament in the presence
of the subscribers.
Benj. A Hassell
Recorded October 29th 1774
by Fr. Ward Clr.
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