LEWIS ALEXANDER KNIGHT
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I, Lewis Allexr. Knights, of pasquotank, in the province of North Carolina, being sick and weake in body but of perfect mind & Memory, Thanks be unto ye almight God for the Same, & knowing that all men Must Certainly Die, doe in order Thereunto make This last will & Testament, in manner & form following, (Thats to Say), first and principally, I give and bequeath my Soul into the hands of almight God that gave it, trusting in the merits of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ; and my body to the Earth from whence it was taken, at the discressions of my Executors hereafter named; and as Touching Such Estate as the allmighty god hath bestowed upon me in This Life, I give and bequeath the same as followeth:
Impr., I give and bequeath unto my Loving Wife, Ann Knight, this my plantation whereon I now live, during her natural Life; and after her Decease, I give and bequeath unto my Son, Emmanuel Knight, this part of my plantation on the River; and the other part Joying to Thomas Armours, I giveto my son, Lewis Knight, devided at the middle of the piney ground, to them and the heirs of their body Lawfully begotten for Ever.
And alsoe, my will is that my two Sons before mentioned, Shall be at their liberty at the age of Eighteen years from the Command and Service of any manner of persons Whatsoever, as also the Rest of my Children to be there own men at the age aforesaid.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son, Emmanuel Knight, my Chest.
I give and bequeath all the rest of my Estate unto my wife, whom I appoint and Nominate my whole and sole Executrix of This my Last will and Testament, Revoking & Renouncing all other wills and Testaments by me heretofore made or nominated.
Witness my hand and Seale, this 17th. Day of March 1731/2.
LEWIS: ALEXND: KNIGHT (Seal)
Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced, declared to be the Last will & Testament of Lewis Alex. knight, in presence of:
MARY X SWEENY
PASQUOTANK PRECINCT. Aprile Court, 1732.
The above will was proved in open Court by ye oath of Timt. Meades and That he say wary Sweeny & Jerame Sweeny, Sign ye same.
Test: W. MINSON, Cle: Cou:
WILLIAM X MIDLTON
Proved by ye Oaths William Middleton, & Willm. Evens, Evidences In open Court.
Test: CHARLES DENMAN, Clk.
Letters granted 22th. april, 1728.
Copied from Original Will, filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.
Recorded in Will Book 1, page 78. Office of the Secretary of State.
Contributed by Nola Duffy
Source: NC Wills & Estates – Grimes