The Last Will and Testament of
August 10, 1797-July l7, 1798
I JOHN PRITCHARD of the County of Pasquotank and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and disposing memory but calling to mind the mortality of my body do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following viz:
I give and bequeath unto my loving Wife SARAH PRITCHARD all my whole estate both real and person wherever to be found (after all my just debts are paid) to her and her heirs forever and likewise I do by these presents nominate and appoint her the said SARAH PRITCHARD my sole executrix to this my Last Will and Testament, revoking all other wills, gifts, legacies, or bequeath, heretofore by me made, signed with my own hand and sealed with my seal this the Tenth day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven 1797.
Signed sealed published and pronounced in the presence of
T. Freshwater jurat
State of No. Carolina
March Term 1798
The Last Will and Testament of JOHN PRITCHARD decd. Was exhibited by SARAH PRITCHARD the executrix therein named, and proved in open court by the oath of Thaddeus Freshwater Esqr. Who declared that he saw the Testator JOHN PRITCHARD sign seal and acknowledge the within writing for and as his Last Will and Testament and that the said JOHN PRITCHARD at the time appeared to be of sound and disposing mind and memory, that he also saw Reuben Keaton sign the same as a concurring witness. The said executrix appeared and qualified by taking the oath by law prescribed ordered that the will be recorded and Letters Testamentary issue.
Test: Will T. Muse Clk
Recorded in Book M.
July 17, 1798
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Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)