The Last Will and Testament of
In the name of God Amen I Hezekiah Cartwright of the County of Pasquotank and State of North Carolina being at present weak in body and in a low state of health, But of sound and perfect mind & disposing memory (Blessed be God for the same) do this tenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two, make ordain and publish this my Last Will and Testament in the manner and form following (that is to say)
First of all my will is that all my just debts be duely paid by my Executor hereafter named.
Item I give and bequeathe to my Grandson John Davis alias Cartwright son of my Daughter Caroline Davis all my tract of land and Plantation whereon I now live (which I purchased of Charles Markham containing fifty two acres as pr deed) to him and his heirs lawfully begoten for ever, together with all the personal part of my estate both within doors and without, provided never the less, that in case he the said John Davis alias Cartwright should die without Lawful Heir, my will is that all the said Estate bothe Real and Personal do Devolve upon and goe to my Grandson John Cartwright son of Jehu Cartwright to him and his heirs for ever. Furthermore my will and desire is that none of my said Estate be sold except a sufficiency to discharge my just debts but that all the articles be reserved and kept for my said Grandson John Davis alias Cartwright by my Executor and what ever part shall die or perish to be the loss(?) of him the said J.D. alias Cartwright and my Executor noways liable for the same. It is moreover to be observed, that I have long before this date divided my estate among my own children, viz Clodius, Jehu, Ahaz and Hezekiah Cartwrights and Clotilder Jackson Caron Langly & Caroline Davis and given each of them their full proportion, therefore it is my will that they nor neither of them, my said children shall not inheret or injoy any part or parcel of my Estate that I am at present possess’d with either Real or Personal .
Lastly, I constitute nominate and appoint my Trusty and well beloved son Jehu Cartwright my whole and sole Executor this my Last Will & Testament in witness where of I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this day and date above writen———
Signed Sealed Published }
and Declared in presence of }
State North Carolina }
Pasquotank County } September Term 1793
Hezekiah’s will was proved and his son Jehu approved as Executor.
It was recorded in Book L 26 June 1795.
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)
Note from Susan C. Griffin – Hezekiah Cartwright’s wife was Winnifred Evans. Winnifred died prior to her husband’s death.