THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
June 5, 1714
In the name of God Amen.
The Fifth Day of June In the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven & nine four(?) I OBADIA FEAR of Alligeter In the presinck of Pascotank & County of Albinarle Planter being very sick and weak of body but in perfect mind & memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling into mind the mortallity of my body and knowing that it is apoynted and for all men to dye do make & ordaine this my Last Will and Testament. That is to say Princepally and first of all I give and recommend my soule into the hands of God that gave it & my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent and Christian maner. Nothing doubting but att the generall resurrection I shall receive the same againe by the almighty power of God and as tutching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following maner and form.
Imprimis: I give and bequeath unto WILLIAM LUDFORD Jun. the plantation I now dwell on.
Item. I give unto SARAH LUDFORD my best feather bed and all the furniture thereunto belonging, two sheep, two peuter dishes, two cowes and calves.
Item. I give unto ANN LUDFORD two peuter dishes, a cow
Item. I give unto CHRISTIAN LUDFORD Jun. a cow, a peuter dish, two small basons and a tankart, six plates
Item. I give unto MARY LUDFORD a cow.
Item. I give unto MARTHA LUDFORD a cow.
Item. I give unto TOMSON LUDFORD a cow.
Item. I give unto THOMAS LUDFORD my gun and a cow.
Item. I give unto WILLIAM LUDFORE Sen. all the rest of my moveable estate that remains.
Item. I ordain WILLIAM LUDFORD Sen. to be my sole Exect. And to see this my Last Will fullfild.
Item. I will that my dear Wife ANN FEARE have the whole management of my estate both real and personall during her naturall life and I do hereby uterly disalow revolk and ???? all and every other former testaments wills legases and bequests and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament where of I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the Day and yeare above written.
His “O F” mark
Signed sealed published Pronounced & declared
By OBADIA FEARE as
His Last Will and Testament
In the presence of us the
ANDREW OLIVER (His x mark)
The Last Will & Testament
Of OBADIA FEARE
Made June the 5 1714
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)