Wills 1780-1789

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John Foust

In the Name of god Amen
I John Foust of Orange County in the State of North Carolina being weak of body but of perfect Mind and Memory blessed be god ~ But knowing the Mortality of My body and that it is appointed for all men once to die I Make and ordain this my last will and Testament in the following manner ~ And as to such worldly Estate as it has pleased The Lord to bless me with I bequeath give and devise in Manner following . First I allow my funeral Charges and Just Debts to be first paid out of my Estate ~
I Ordain and Constitute My two Sons George and Peter Foust my whole and Sole Executors of this my last will and Testament.
I give to my son Phillip Foust five Shillings ~
I give to my son John Foust five Shillings ~
I give to my son Jacob Foust five Shillings ~
I give to my son Christian Foust five Shillings ~
I give to my son George Foust five Shillings ~
I give to my Daughter Barbarah Clap five Shillings ~
I give to my Daughter Judith Clap five Shillings ~

I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Barbarah Foust a featherbed bedstead & furniture and My Wallnut Chest and all her wearing cloths and to have her living and Maintenance on the Plantation that I now Live on ~ During the time she remains my widow with full Priviledge of the Store[?] room orchards [etc?] And at her decease the feather bed Bedstead and furniture and walnut Chest is to be Equally Divided Between my three youngest sons George Peter & Daniel Foust but her wearing Cloaths she may Dispose of to her own mind.

I give to My two youngest sons Peter and Daniel Foust all the land that I now live on, Peter is to have the half of the old Tract to be taken off the East end and Daniel to have the improvement and part that I now live on and they the said Peter and Daniel shall Divide the New Survey Equaly to their own liking Provided They Pay to my son Jacob Foust Each of them Ten Pounds

Item I give to my two sons Peter and Daniel Foust My Smith Tools to be Equaly Divided between them ~ And all the Remaining Part of my Perishable Estate Is to be Equaly Divided between my three sons Viz George Peter and Daniel Foust ~
I give to my Son George Foust my Large bible
In witness and testimony whereof I John Foust have hereunto Set my hand and affixed My Seal this twelfth Day of Decbr In the year of Our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty & Six
Signed and Sealed in the presence
of us
Joseph Stout _____?
Samuel Stout
Jacob Marshill, ____?

(signed) Johann P Foust

Geo. Foust qualified as Executor

Will Book B, page 79 – Orange County, North Carolina 1786
C.R.073.801.1-17

Elizabeth Paul

Know all men by those present that I Elizabeth Paul of Orange County state of NC for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have and bear to my son James Paul of Washington Co. in the state of Georgia and also for the consideration of the sum of one shilling current money at the said sate of NC have given and granted, bargained and sold and by those persons present do then give, grant and bargain and sell unto my said son James Paul one certain negro boy named Peter about 14 years of age to have and to hold the said negro boy Peter unto the said James Paul, his heirs and assign reserving never the less the possession and use of the said negro boy Peter to me the said negro boy to me the said Elizabeth Paul for and during the term of my natural life. In witness whereof I have put this my seal the 30th day of Nov. 1789. (Pg. 89, Bk. B)

The contents of the will of Elizabeth Paul deceased by Frances Wilkinson and Samuel McCracken as follows: Viz I leave and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Reddin my old mare and saddle to her and her heirs forever, to my grandaughter Elizabeth Carrington five pounds to her and her heirs forever and I likewise leave and bequeath to my grandson William Reddin twenty pounds to him and his heirs forever. I leave and bequeath to my grandaughter Elizabeth Gray one feather bed, bolster and pillows with two sheets one pair of blankets, one coverlet, with addition at a counter pin stamped. I likewise leave and bequeath to my grandson James Paul twenty pounds to him and his heirs forever. I likewise bequeath to my grandaughter Elizabeth Paul one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever. I likewise leave and bequeath to my two daughters Margaret and Elizabeth all my pewter equally to be divided between to their heirs forever. I likewise leave and bequeath to my daughter Margaret all the remainder of my estate remaining after the above.
Sworn to Open Court Francis Wilkinson, Samuel McCracken
The Witnesses say upon their oath that Enoc Robert ___ is appointed executor to the last will of Elizabeth Paul.
Attest Ab. B. Bruce.
State of NC Orange Co., Feb. Term, 1793.
The exec. of the last will and testament of Elizabeth Paul deceased was duly proved in open court by the oaths of Frances Wilkinson and Samuel McCracken and on motion ordered to be recorded. (State of NC Orange Co. Feb Term 1793 Bk. B, Pg. 160)