Book 1, page 30
Dated 2 August 1760
In the name of God amen: August the second day in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty I Joseph Spruill Senr. of Tyrrel County North Carolina being in perfict helth mind and memory thanks be unto God and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life and 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 say first and principally I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in Christain like manner at the duretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such Worldy Estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and despose in the following manner.
I lend unto my beloved wife Mary all my Estate togeather with all my houshold goods and moveables and all and singular all my lands and tennements freely to be possessed and enjoyed by her during her natural life.
I lend unto my son Godfree Spruill a certain parcel of land it being the plantation whereon he now lives containing one hundred and fifty acres more or less bounded thus beginning at a gum in a Valve on the North side the platntation runing thence up the smal swamp to a gum standing on the side of the swamp then westerly by a line of marked trees to a corner tree thence by a line of marked trees south to the head line then along the said line to a branch called the Cypress Swains line the down the said branch to the and first station to the us benefit and behoof of my son Godfree during his natural life at whose death I give the aforesaid parcel of land to be divided between his two sons Godfree and Thomas in the following manner First I give to my Grandson Godfree the plantation part with severty five acres of land beginning at a gum on the east of a branch taht runs through the palntation thence by a line of marked trees to the head line the other part I give to my Grandson Thomas unto them the said Godfree and Thomas and their heirs of their body lawfully begotten.
I likewise give nto my son Godfree Spuill all my showmakers tools. I give unto my son Joseph Spruill my Coopers tools.
I give and bequeath unto my son Joshua Spruill one young cow and calf and my hunting gun. I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Hezekiah Spruill a certain parcel of land known by the name of the Round about and bounded all round by the Round about branch containging fifty acres more or less unto him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever but in case my son Hezekiah should die leaving no such heir then unto my son Benjamin Spruill and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten and I give unto my son Hezekiah one young cow and calf and one feather beed I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Benjamin Spruill the manner plantation whereon on I now do live and the lands thereunto belonging beginning on the sound at Clay point thence by a line of marked trees to a white oak in the Round about branch a corner tree thence thence said branch to a gum thence on Joshua Spruills line to a gum a corner tree near the water thence thence up the sound to the first station containing seventy six acres more or less unto him and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever but provided my son Benjamin should die without lawfull issue then the above said manner plantation and parcel of land to revert to my son Hezekiah and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever.
I give unto my beloved daughter Joannah Cheson one dollar.
I give unto my beloved daughter Keziah Chesson one dollar.
I give unto my beloved daughter Mary Spruill one dollar.
I give unto my beloved daughter Zilpha Spuill one cow and calf and one feather beed.
I give unto my beloved daughter Ann Swain one feather beed.
I give unto my beloved daughter Tabitha Spruill one cow and calf one two year old hefer and one feather beed.
I give unto my beloved son Benjamin Spruill (whome I appoint constitute and ordain Executor of this my last Will and Testament) all my household goods debts stock goods and chattells which I have not heretofore given by him to be freely possessed and enjoyed forever and I do hereby utterly disallow revoak all and disannull all and every former Testaments Wills Legacyes bequeths and Executors by me in any wise before named Willed and bequeathed retifieing and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament I witness whereof I the said Joseph Spruill Senr. Have hereunto sett my hand and seal the day and year first written.
Joseph Spruill (Sealed)
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced
and Declared by the said Joseph Spruill
as his last Will and Testament in the
presence of us the subscribers.
Joannah (his -x- mark) Chapman
Fr. Ward Clerk
Tyrrell County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
March Session 1764
Benjamin Spruill exhibited an inventory of Joseph Spruill deceased & proved the same on his oath ordered to be filed.
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