The Last Will and Testament of
Will Book 1 Page 25-28
August 16, 1768-October 1768
In the name of God Amen, The Sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord 1768. I ROBERT ARMOUR of the County of Pasquotank and Province of North Carolina (Planter) being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God, therefore calling unto mind 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 principally and first of all I give and recomend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recomend to the earth to be buried in a decent christian manner at the discression 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 worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my bleoved Wife ARGANT ARMOUR Seventy Pounds proclamation money and I also lend her the use of two negroes one called Great Jack the other Doll dureing her lifetime I also lend her the use of the land and plantation whereon I now live during her lifetime, likewise four feathr beds & One Hundred weight of pewtr, four pots a yoke of oxen two horses or horse kind, four cows and calves, four sows and piggs to her and my said beloved wife her lifetime.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son SIMON ARMOUR and my Son MILES ARMOUR the land and plantation (that I bought of Abraham Hosea) to be equally divided between them to them and their heirs forever.
I likewise give unto my Son SIMON ARMOUR the first child the negro girl brings that I shall give to my Daughter ELIZABETH which will be hereafter mentioned to him and his heirs for ever.
The above mentioned land between my two Sons SIMON ARMOUR and MILES ARMOUR my will is that the longest surviver of the two whould possess the whole.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter ELIZABETH JAMES one negro girl called Jenny to her and heirs for ever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son ROBERT ARMOUR part of the land and plantation I now live on the East end of it as far as the main road, and also one negro boy called Little Jack to him and his heirs for ever, but if he should die without lawfull heir for the land to fall to my Son JOHN ARMOUR the West end of my land and plantation whereon I now live as far as the main road also one negro boy called Lamb to him and his heirs forever but if he should die without lawfull heir for his part of the land to fall to my Son ROBERT ARMOUR and in case my Two Sons ROBERT & JOHN ARMOUR should both die without lawfull heirs my will is the said land and negroes should fall to my Four Daughters SARAH, TAMER, ARGENT POLLEY & REBECCAH ARMOUR to them and their heirs for ever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter SARAH ARMOUR one negro girl called Phillis to her and her heirs for ever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter TAMER ARMOUR one negro boy called Jim to her and her heirs for ever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter ARGENT POLLY ARMOUR one negro man called Sippio? to her and her heirs for ever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter REBECCAH ARMOUR one negro child called Luke to her and her heirs for ever.
My will and desire is that the first negro child that is born of any of my negro women or girls (belonging now to me) to belong and to be the property of my Son MILES ARMOUR to him and his heirs for ever.
My will and desire is that in case there is not moveable estate enough to satisfy what will be wanting towards the payment of my debts that the first negroes that is sold to be a negro man called Salim and negro woman called Jane, and one half of a negro man called Grigg but if in case there is no reason for them to be sold, my will is they should be equally divided amongst all the children I had by my Wife ARGANT ARMOUR and likewise the two negroes I lent to my Wife ARGANT ARMOUR my will is after her decease they should be divided among all her children; that is to say the children I beget of her body in my lifetime as before mentioned.
FUTHERMORE whereas I am indebted to Mr. Josiah Gramberry a sum of money for which there is land and negroes made over to said Grandberry to hereby impower my executors to sell as much or all of my moveable estak to pay the said debt such as my crop of corn my pork, my book, debts, notes and all of my moveable estak and if there should be any ballance still wanting for the payment of the said debt or any of my other debts my will is that my executors should sipose any part or parcel of any land negroes as they shall think proper for the satisfaction of the same & as I am impowered by the said Grandberry to make sale of any of such land and negroes as is made over to him by virtue of the same I impower my executors to do the same for the satisfaction of the debt due to the said Grandberry that is to say for the redemption of the said land & negroes I made ove to said Grandberry and for that debt to be discharged before any other debt or debts and after all my just debts is paid all the remainder of my moveable estate to be divided between my Wife and her children begotten of me & born of her body. I also nominate and appoint my beloved Wife ARGANT ARMOUR my Brother WILLIAM ARMOUR and John Lane and my Son ROBERT ARMOUR executors to this my Last Will and Testament by them to be freely possessed and injoined and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke every other former wills testaments legases or bequeaths by me in any wise before me named, willed and bequeathed but this to be my Last Will and Testament as Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and date above mentioned.
ROBT. ARMOUR seal
her X mark
Joseph Lester jurat
October Superior Court 1768
ROBERT ARMOUR will was exhibited in open court by the exors. and proved by the oath of Joseph Lester? one of the subscribing witnesses the exors named in the will qualified, ordered that be recorded and that the Secretary have Notice.
Test. Sam Johnston Clk.
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)