THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
February 24, 1727
In ye name of God Amen ye twenty forth day of February in ye year of our lord 1727. I CORNELUIS FOREHAND of Northest parish of Pasqutank being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind ye 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 recommend my soul into ye hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to ye earth to be buried as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following maner and form .
Imprimis. I give and bequeath to ELIZATH my dearly beloved Wife one bed and
furniture together with all my household goods and moveables.
Item. I give to my well be loved Son JOHN FOREHAND my gun one cowe name ming (?) with all her increes
Item. I give to my well be loved Son CORNELUIS FOREHAND fifty eakers of
land at ye head of my land jining to AMES(?) line
Item. I give to my well be loved Son JAMES FOREHAND my dwelling plantasion with fifty eakers of land belonging to it and one cow named trumpet.
Item. I give to my well beloved Dafter ELIABETH FOREHAND one cow named ????? and a date chare(?)
Item. I give to my well be loved Son THOMAS FOREHAND two cows ???? to my
well beloved Son RICHARD FOREHAND one cowe
I give to my well be loved Dafter MARY FOREHAND (nothing left to her)
Item. I give to my well beloved Wife ELIZABETH FOREHAND whom I likewise constitute make and ordain my only and sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament. All & Rest of my eastate by having to be possessed and enjoyed and I do hereby utterly disan(torn) revoke and disanul all and every other former (torn) testaments Wills and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in witness (torn) I have here unto set my hand and seal ye day and year above written.
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This day came befor me ELIZBETH FOREHAND and made oath on ye Holy evangelis to full fill within mentioned Will this 26(?) day of July in 1728
July Court 1728
The within Will was proveth in open Court by the Evidences of ISAAC JONES, WM. PHILIPS and JOHN KIGHT
Test. R. EVERARDE(?)
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)