BURNHAM, BENJAMIN (1762)

Will of

Benjamin Burnham

In the name of God Amen, e/y (the) 17 day of May in e/y year of our Lord, 1762, I Benjamin Burnham, of e/y County of Pasqt. in e/y Province of North Carolina, being sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory, I do make and ordain this my last will and testament t/y (that ) is to say princepaley, and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into e/y hands of God that gave it and as for my body, I recommend to e/y earth to be decently buried and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give, devise, and dispose of e/y same in manner and form following, t/y is to say.:

Item : I give to my son Gabriel the West End of my Plantation to a division already made by a fence containing 100 acres.

Item : I give to my son Benjamin and his heirs forever the East End of my plantation to a division already made by a fence containing 150 acres.

Item : I give e/y use of my negro boy James and my negro garl named Sally to my beloved wife Mary Burnham during her natural life & my horse named Pall. and my mare named bonny and e/y and the side saddle and bridle and my cattle and hogs.

Item : I give to my son Thomas my negro garl named Sally after her Mothers decease.

Item : I give to my son Isaac my negro boy named James after his Mothers decease.

Item : I give to my daughter Ann my negro boy named William.

Item : I give to my daughter Mary my negro woman named Diane and my desk..

I do hereby make constitute and ordain my wife Mary Burnham, and my son Gabriel Burnham, my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and Testament. and I do hereby uterly disalow, revoke, and disanull all and every other former wills and ?? and Excutors by me in any ways before, this ratifying and conforming this and no other to be my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal e/y day above written.

Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced, and declare, by e/y sd. Benjamin Burnham as his last will and testament in e/y presents of us e/y subscribers.

Signed : Benjamin Burnham

John Jones

Thomas Seals

Nehemiah Jones


Contributed and transcribed by Vera Burnham


 

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