2 Feb 1758
In The Name Of God Amen, the Second Day of February, one thousand, Seven Hundred, fifty Eight. I, James Hodges, of Pasquotank, North Carolina, being very Sick & weak in body but of Prefect mind & Memory, thanks be therefore given unto God, Therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to Dye, do make and ordain this my last Will & testament, that is to say, Principally and first if all, I give & recommend my Soul, into the Hands of god that gave it ; and my Body I Recommend to ye earth to be Buried in decent order, at ye Discretion of my Executors.
Item. I give & Bequeath to my Son, Josiah, that Plantation & Islands on the N. E. Side pasquotank River Bridge to him & his heires for ever.
Item. It is my Will & Desire that if my loving Farther, Joseph Hodges, as Willed any part or Parcel of his Estate to me, I humbly beg him to give & Bequeath it to my well beloved Son, Jams. Hodges, Jun., to him & his heires for Ever, & farther, it is my desire yt my loving Brothers, Joseph & Stephen Hodges shall collect all my Debts on the Great Bridge Books, and to Pay all my Just Debts that I owe in Norfolk & theire Lawfull Commissions.
Item. I give & Bequeath to my Son, Willis Hodges, wt. over Rush of my Book debts, if any Remaining, to him & his Heires for Ever.
Item. I Give and Bequeath to my loveing Son, Samuel Hodges, Negro boy named Peter, to him & his Heires for ever.
Item. I also give a bequeath to my Loveing Son, Willis Hodges, Negro boy Named Sam, to him, & his heires for Ever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my well beloved Wife, my writing Desk & bigest ovel Table, my Painted Chest & Seal Skin trunck, one Set of Silver Teaspoons & Tong’s, & all my Pewter I brought Out of Virginia, Two Frying pans, five Iron pots, & all ye Plantation utensiels, & Sufficiant of household Meat to Support ye Family untel New years day, & fat.
It is my Will that my Estate shall Pay for ye Building of a New Kitchen, w’th one small Brick Chimney in room of the old wood Chimney. And farther, I give & Bequeath to my loveing wife all Small Furniture, such as Earth’nware & Coopers, &c., and ten old chairs and Six red Do., & one Safe Bought of Timothy Hickson, one Iron Chafeing dish, & all ye aforsd. mentioned, to her and her Heires for ever. likewise desire that none of my Children shall lay any Clame to any Part or parcel, or any part, of my Wifes Estate that she was Posest of before I married her.
Item. I give & Bequeath to my Loveing Son, James Hodges, my lot of Land & Marsh on the west Side of the road going to the Great Bridg accord’g to ye bounds that Thomas Manning formerly held by, & give him my Storehouse standing by brick hous formerly belonging to Mr. Charles Sweny, and I give him my Roan horse called Rock, & a dark bay Horse wch. I had in Swop of Solomon Timple, & my Riding Sadle and housing.
Item. I give, bequeath to My loveing Wife, the use of my Negor Woman call’d Phebe, tell my Son, Portlock attains to the age of Twenty one years, and then the sd. negro Phebe & her increase to return to ye sd. Portlock & his heires for Ever. I likewise give him ye Horse I bought of David Cook, Call’d Bali, to be sold by Ferebe Hodges & the Money Laid out in Goods to support ye sd. Portlock.
Item. I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Wife, my horse call’d Dultage, to her & her Heires for ever, & the use of Sam & Peter tell my two Sons, Willis & Josias Hodges comes to Lawful age; & it is my desire that my two sons, Josias & Willis Hodges, shall not in any wise disanul my part of the sd. Clause before mention’d.
Item. I Give & bequeath to my daughter Kesiah Curlin, Negor girl call’d Sarah, & one feather bed & furniture, spining wheel, pewter, one chest deiiver’d to her when Marri’d, in full of her Portion, to her & her heirs for Ever.
Item. I give & Bequeath to my Daughter, Molly, the Negro Girl clll’d Rachel, to her & her heirs for Ever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my Daughter, Frances Hodges, one negro Girl Call’d Hannah, to her & her Heirs for Ever, I likewise give to ye use of my wife, ye use of the two Negro Gerles Hannah & Rachel, tell my two Children, Molly & Frances Hodges Comes to Lawful age.
Item. I give & bequeath to my Son in Law, Joseph Stokely, my new Survey over ye River on ye N. E. side Pasquotank River, I give him Cash to Purchase a grant for ye sd. Survey of Land, to him & his heires for Ever, & I desire that my Exe’or er Executors to take out the grant Soon after my decease.
Item. I give & bequeath to my Daughter, Miriam Hodges, one Negro Girl call’d Nan, to her & her heires fur Ever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my loveing Son, James Hodges, my negro man Call’d Boatswain, to him & his heires for Ever.
Item. I Give & bequeath, & it is my Will & desire, that my Brother, Joseph Hodges, Pay to Colo.. Robert Tucker, thirty Pound wch. I owe him upon Balce. of old Bond, & ye Joint Bond Brother Joseph Hodges & I ower ye sd. Robert Tucker, in Part of Eighty five Pounds that Brother Joseph Hodges owes to me, & uppon Settlem’t wn. I was Last in Virginia in December last; & I further desire, that my loveing Brother, Joseph Hodges, shall Com in here & take all ye Invoics that is in PardonShip between him & I, at Spraules, Newtons, Atchison, & Sum them up & see wt. the Amounts is, & then go to ye sd. Sproules, Newtons & Atchison, & take true Copys of what we have Paid in company & see if I fall in Debt to pay it, giveing me Credit for ye one half of all ye money he pays away of mine, in my Old Book list; all ye Moneys that can be got in, Brother Joseph Hodges must have one half & ye other half to my well beloved Wife, Miriam Hodges in Concideration of Supporting & Schooling ye Children, & after my beloved Wife, Miriam Hodges & Brother Joseph Hodges & Mr. Andrew Miller, Merch’t, if any remains to be Equal Divid’d between my two Sons & Daughters, Lamb, Portlock, Molly & Frances Hodges.
Item. I give & bequeath to my loving Wife, Side Saddle & my longest Gun, Some wite &nd Brown Sugar Bought of Capt. Headly and Part of a Barr’! Molasses.
Item. I give & bequeath my short Gun I brought from Virginia, to my Son, Lamb Hodges, & one pair of hand Mill Stones being now in Possession of Solomon Temple.
Item. I further give strict orders that no Person or Persons shall Pretend to make Publick vandue of any Part or Parcel of my before Mentioned Estate, under Penalty of one hundred Pounds, proc. Money.
Item. I give & Bequeath to my loving Wife, Mariam Hodges four teather hds and furniture I brought out of Virginia, to her & her heires for ever.
Item. I give to my Daughter, Molly Hodges, three new Black Chairs, & one small Ovel Table, to her & her heires for Ever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my daughter, Frances, three new black chaires, & one Square Table. I do hereby appoint my real friend, Colo. Robert Murdon, & ferebe Hodges, my whole & Sole Exccutors of this my last Will & Testament, And 1 (to hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disanul all & every former testaments, Wills, Legacies & bequests & Exers., by me in any ways before bequest, and Exeeutors by me in any ways before named, Willed, & bequeathed, Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Testament.
In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & Seal, the day & year aboveWritten.
James Hodges, (Seal)
Signed, Seal’d, published, Pronounc’d & Declared by the sd. Jams. Hodges as his Last Will & testament in ye Presense of us ye Subscribers:
John Harris, Jurat. ]
Daniel Koen. ]
John J. M. Murden. ]
North Carolina, Pasquotank County. March Court, 1758
Present his Majesties Justices:
Theses may Certify that John Harris, one of the Evidences to the within will, Appeared in open Court and Made Oath on the holy Evangelist, that he was present and James Hodges, sign, Seal, publish and declare the within to be and Contain his last will & Testament, and that he was at that time of Sound & disposing memory, and that he also saw Danial Coin & John Murden, the other two Evidences, Sign their names thereto at the same time. Then appeared Joseph Hodges, Exe’r in Virginia and was duly Qualified. Ordered that the Honle. Richd. Spaight Esq., Secretary, have notice that Letters may issue.
Test. Thos. Taylor, Clk.
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)