The Last Will and Testament of
October 9, 1843-December 1850
Dec. Term 1850
In the name of God Amen! I LEMUEL PRITCHARD of the County of Pasquotank & State of North Carolina being of sound mind & memory blessed be God for the same do make and ordain this Instrument of writing to contain my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following viz:
First: I give to my Nephew JAMES PRITCHARD the land & the end of the Sextons land next to John Harris heirs beginning on the road near where the house now stands at a cross fence & running to John Harris Sen. Live, also one bofat & crockery ware, one clock & red table & six stool chairs.
I give to my Nephew JESSE PRITCHARD, the balance of the Sexton land next to Ephram Brites land & one blue chest.
I give to my Nephew MILES R. PRITCHARD, the land on the creek called the Murden land, beginning on Adam Staffords heirs road & running as the road now stands straight to the creek between the Two plantations also a piece of swamp that I bought of Wm. Beddle.
I give to my Nephew JOSIAH CARTWRIGHT the Stafford land & improvements and the road above named to be the line from Adams road to the creek & one bed & furniture.
I give to my Nephew WM. B. PRITCHARD one bed & furniture
I give to my Nephew MARTIN PRITCHARD one bed & furniture
I give to my Brother SAMUEL PRITCHARD heirs Ten Dollars out of my estate.
I give my Brother THOMAS PRITCHARD heirs Five Dollars out of my estate.
I give to my Nephew MILES SAWYER Five Dollars out of my estate.
I give to my Sister ELISABETH CARTWRIGHT Twenty Dollars out of my estate.
It is my will & desire that all the rest of my estate to be equally divided between my Brothers ARTHUR & ISAAC PRITCHARD, it is my will that they take care of my Two Sisters POLLY & SUSAN during their natural life, after paying all my just debts, furthermore I do nominate constitute & appoint my Nephew WM. B. PRITCHARD to be executor of this my Last Will & Testament hereby disannulling all former wills by me made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 9th day of October 1843.
LEMUEL PRITCHARD seal
His T mark
State of North Carolina
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Dec. Term 1850
A paper writing purporting to be & contain the Last Will & Testament of LEMUEL PRITCHARD decd. Was produced in open court by Wm. B. Pritchard the executor therin named & the execution thereof proved by the oath of Seth Morgan one of the subscribing witnesses thereto who swore that he saw the sd. LEMUEL PRITCHARD sign the said paper that at the time there of the said LEMUEL PRITCHARD was of sound & disposing mind & memory, that he declared said paper to be & contain his Last Will & Testament & that the same was subscribed by himself & the other witness Stephen Stafford as witness at the request of the said LEMUEL PRITCHARD in his presence & in the presence of each other & that the said subscribing witness Stephen Stafford is now dead. Where upon it is produced by the exec. That the said paper writing is the Last Will & Testament of LEMUEL PRITCHARD & is in law sufficient to pass both real & personal estate. Let the same be recorded on motion Wm. B. Pritchard the executor therein named appeared in open court & qualified as Executor thereto.
Test. W.W. Griffin Clk
Recorded January 22, 1850
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)