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In the name of God amen, I John Geer of the county of Orange and province of North Carolina being very sick and weak of body, but of sound and perfect memory. Blessed by God for the same and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die. I do make and constitute this my last will and testament. I give my soul to the hands of God that gave it to me and hoping at the last he will raise it up again and as for my body I have to buried at the discretion of my heirs and as for those worldly goods where with it hath pleased God to bless me with, I dispose of them in manner and form following : Item I give to my well beloved wife one negroe women named Pink, Six head of cattle and one feather bed and furniture. Item I give and bequeath to my sons David and Frederick the plantation where on I now dwell and two feather beds and furniture to be equally the two to them and heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mimma twenty pounds prock to her and her heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Tabitha Geer ten pound prock to her and her heirs forever. Item I give to my son in law James Roper two shillings sterling only; and the rest of my negroes and household goods and stock after my lawful debts be paid, I leave them to my children William Geer and Mary Burnett, John Geer, Mimma Suzy, Sara, and Tabitha be be equally divided or parted between them seven children, to them and their heirs forever, where unto I set my hand and affix my seal in the year of christ seventeen hundred and sixty nine August 12th
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of Jacob Garrard, Michel Dent
John Geer and his mark
January 6, 1770, Orange County
The execution of the written will was duly proved in open court by the Oath Jacob Garrard asubserving witness thereto and ordered to be recorded
Signed ___ Nash
Source: Archives in Raleigh, NC Orange County Estate Papers, 1754-1944 (C.R073.508.42)
John Geer, estate
Know all men by these present, That we Frederick Geer, David Geer are held and bound unto James I. Smith, Esquire, the chairman of the county court of Orange for the time being, and his successors in office, in the just and full sum of two thousand dollars for the true payment of which we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators jointly, severly and firmly; sealed and dated this first day of September A. D. 1820. The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bounden Frederick Geer and David Geer, Administrators of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of John Geer, deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of the said Frederick Geer and David Geer or into the hands and poession of any other person or persons for him, and the same so made do exhibit or cause to b e exhibited to the county court, where orders for administration, passed within ninety days after the date of these presents and the same goods, chattels and credits, and all other goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased at the time of his death, or which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Frederick Geer and David Geer or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him, do well and truly administer according to law. And further do make or cause to be made a true and just account of his said administration, within two years after the date of these presents; and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrator’s account, the same being first examined and allowed by the county court, shall deliver and pay to such person or persons respectively as the same shall be due unto pursuant to the true intent and meaning of the acts of the general assembly in such cases made and Executors therin named do exhibit the same in court, making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Frederick Geer and David Geer above named there unto required, do render and deliver the obligation to be void and one effect or else to remain in force and virtue.
Signed, sealed and delivered in the pressence of Jos. Atwood, Frederick Geer seal, David Geer seal, Thomas Hurst seal, William Wooten seal
Source: Orange County Estate Records, 1754-1944