NORTH CAROLINA, the Fifteenth day of March, 1753.
I, Edmund Chancey, of Pasquotank County, and province aforsaid, being in perfect mind and memory, thanks be Given to god, and Calling to mind the mortallity of my body and knowing that it is appointed for man to die I do here make and ordain this my Last will and Testament, that is first of all, I will that all my Just debts and funeral Expences be well and Truly paid by my Executor and Executrix hereafter named.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Stephen Chancey, the Easternmost part of my Plantation and for a Division to begin in and by the Southeast Side of the Branch which Runs through Laurance Retons pattent then Runing north fifteen degrees west through the middle of an Island that Lies in an Elbow of the Said Branch four hundred and Ten yards then north thirty five degrees west through my Land Granted to me in two pattents and a Convayance from Laurance Retons pattent and a Deed from nathinel martin according to the Divison aforsaid Give to my Grand Son Edmund Chancey Son of Stephen Chancey to him his heirs and assigns.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Jacob Chancey, the middle most part of my plantation adjoining to the Eastermost part begining at the Divison aforsaid, then Runing down the Branch to the mouth of it with a Streight Corse to the main Swamp of newbegun Creek, then Runing up and Joyning to the said Swamp Various Corses to the mouth of a Cypruss Branch which Runs out of the main Swamp, aforsaid, Just below the narrow Sandhills, then Runing up and Joining to the middle of the main fork of it then north Six Degrees west through my Land I Give to my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Jacob Chancey, to him his heirs and assigns.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Zachariah Chancey, my Sandhills Land adjoining to the west Side of my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Jacob Chancey, begining at the mouth of the Cypruss branch aforsaid, then Runing up and Joining to the East Side of the main Swamp, I Give to my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Zachariah Chancey, to him his heirs and assigns, but if my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Jacob Chancey, Should die without Esue, then it is my will that the Land Should fall to my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Stephen Chancey, to him, his heirs and assigns; and it is my will that my Daughter in Law, Rachel Chancey, Shall have the Liberty to Dwell on the Eastermost part of my plantation, and to Enjoy the benefits of it with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, untel my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Stephen Chancey, doth Come to the age of Twenty one years, and for her to pay the yearly Quitrents for the Same, and it is my will also, that my Daughter in Law, Rachel Chancey, Shall have full previlleg and use of the middlemost part of my plantation, and for her to pay the yearly Quitrente for the Same, untill my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Jacob Chancey, doth Come to the age of Twenty one years.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my Son, Daniel Chancey, five pounds, Virginia money, and my Two Servants, Jack Spanyerd boe and Spanyoll Boe, During the time of their Servitud, by their Indenters, and Two feather Beds and Bolsters, and and Two Ruggs, and all my wearing Cloths, and my Riding Saddle and Bridle, and Sorrel mair, and Three young horses, and Two Large pewter Dishes, and Two Small ones, and Two Large pewter Basons and one Small one, and one Dozn. of Spoons, and Two milling Iron pots, and a full pot, an one aim, and my Large Bible, and a pair of Brass Scales, and five weights, and one Iron Skillet, and Ten pounds of woll.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Son, Zachariah Chancey, one Shilling, Sterling money, to Cut him off from my Raiel and personal Estate, because of the wickedness that he Committed in my house in the time of my absence.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Daughter in Law, Rachel Chancey, my white mair, and yearling horse named Trip and go, and my mair named Trim and her Encreas, and a Spice morter and pestel, and Currying knife, and all my Coopers and Carpenters and Shoe makers Tools, and my Stakle, and Three Iron weges, and all my home Spun Linning, and welling Cloth, and all my Thread thereunto Relating, and one Brass Candle Stick, and one box Iron, and Two heters, and Three Supe plates, and all my Sifters, Three Iron pots, one Large and Two midling and a brass kittle, and a Iron Skillet, and one frying pan, Two pair of pot hooks, and Two pair of Tongs and one pair of Stilerds, and a TM funnel, and Three Vhests Two in the outward Room and one heigh Chest, and half my Leather, and Two feather beds, and Two Bolsters, Two Ruggs and one pair of Blankets, one pair of Sheets, and Two Bedsteads and Cords, and a Large Dish and Two middling ones, and one Lare pewter Bason, and a midling one, and one Small one, and Six pewter plates, and one full pot, and a par of Talers Shears, and a Looking glass, and one Dozn. of Spoons, and one pewter Chamber pot, and all my Chears, and Two Juggs, and all my Round Bottles, and a Gun, and my welling and Linning wheals, and Sixteen Barrels of Corn, and four hundred and fifty pounds of Dryed Meat, and Three Gallons of fatt, and Two Bushels of Salt, and my Sope, and one Quarter part of my Sweetning, and my work horses Named Rone and Roney, and Baul and Huzzes Two year old horse, and all my Plows, hoes and axes, with the gears, and on grind Stone, one pair of mill Stones, and my woll Cards and Eight Cows and Calves or yerlings, and four Stears, one Quarter part of my hoggs, and my wheat patch, and all my black peper and all my flax and woll and Sheep, and also my Servants bob boe, and Rachel boe, and frank boe, and her Two Children, Durin the time of their Indenters.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Grand Daughter, Mary Chancey, Daughter of Jacob Chancey, one feather bed and a Bolster, and a Rug, and a blanket and a Sheet and Six Spoons, and Two Iron pots, and a full pot, and a brass Candle Stick, andThree pewter plates, and a pewter Bason, and a frying pan, and Three Sheep and Two Cows and Calves, Two Saws and Six Shotes, and one dish.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Jacob Chancey, Two Cows and Calves, and Two Sows and Six Shotes and Three Sheep, Two pots and a Pewter Bason, a Dish and Three plates, & two Razors and a hone.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Grand Daughter, hannah Chancey, Daughter of Zachariah Chancey, one yearling mair Colt and one Iron pot.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Zachariah Chancey, one Cow and Calf, and Two Iron pots, and my will is that my grand Daughter, mary Chancey, and my grand Son, Edmund Chancey, and my grand Daughter, Hannah Chancey, and my grand Son, Edmund Chancey, Son of Zachariah Chancey, Shall have their Legacies which I have Given them Delivered to them within Three months after my Deceas, and they Shall Run all Resks and
hazards of Loses of whr I have given them.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto James Furbish, my Book no Cross no Crown.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Grand Son, John Bakor, all the Remainder part of my Books.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto mulato Jack Ten Shillings Cash.
Item. I Give and bequeth unto my Daughter Ruths Children, viz : John Bakor, mary Degrafenred, Blake Bakor, Sarah Bakor, Ruth Bakor, and Zadock Bakor, all the Remainder part of my personal Estate to be Eaqually Divided among them.
Item. I do hereby Constitute, make and ordain my Grand Son, John Bakor, to be my Executor, and my Daughter in Law, Rachel Chancey, to be my Executrix to this my Last will and Testament and I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke and Disarm all and Every other former will by me in any wise made Ratifieing and Constituteing this to be my Last will & Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal, the day and date above Ritten.
EDMUND CHANCEY (Seal)
Sined and Sealed by the Said Edmund
Chancey, as his Last will and Testament
in the presents of us the Subscribers:
Test. JONATHAN REDING.
NORTH CAROLINA, PASQUOTANK COUNTY. SS July Court, Annoq Dom, 1753.
Present His Majesties Justices.
These may Certifie that Jonathan Reding and Robert Hall, Two of the Evidences to the within Will, appeared in open Court and made Oath on the Holy Evangelist that they ware present and Saw Edmund Chancey Sign, Seal, publish and declare the within to be and Contain his last will and Testament, And that he, the said Edmund Chancey, was Att that time of sound and disposeing Memory. And that they also Saw William Swann, the other Evidence Sign his Name thereto att the same time.
Then appeared Rachel Chancey, Executrix, and was duly Qualified as
Ordered that the Honorable James Murray Esqr Sec. have Notice that
Letters Testamentory issue &c. dated att the Clarks office the 18nth day of July, Annoq. Dom., 1753.
Test: THOS: TAYLOR Ck Co
Contributed by Nola Duffy
Copied from Original Will filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.
Source: NC Wills & Inventories – Grimes