The Last Will and Testament of
August 1762-January 1765
In the name of God Amen. I MARY SANDERLIN of Pasquotank County and in the Province of North Carolina being in sound mind and memory and knowing the uncertainty of this life do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows.
First of all I give my soul to God that gave it and my body to be buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter to be named.
Item: I give & bequeath to my Son JAMES SANDERLIN a certain plantation or parcel of land beginning at a poplar in James Doshers line & running up Sawyers Creek Swamp by a line of marked trees to a gum in a ???? then along a line of marked tree a cross Broad Neck and then binding on Robert Morgans line to the first station it being for One Hundred acres of land the same being more or less to him and his heirs forever also Two sows to him and his heirs.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son JOSEPH SANDERLIN a certain plantation or parcel of land containing One Hundred acres be the same more or less beginning at a gum in Williams Branch and running up the middle of the said branch to a black oak then by a line of marked trees to a hickrey and then running by a line of marked trees to a white oak and from thence to a beach to ye back line then binding on the back line to a beach on JAMES SANDERLINS line then running down a line of marked trees to the first station gum, the same to him and the heirs of his own body & for want of such heirs to my Son MAXIMILIAN SANDERLIN & his heirs also I give to my Son JOSEPH SANDERLIN a set of turning tools & grinstone and all my other tools also three stocks of bees & one sow & pigs to him and his heirs.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son EZEKIEL SANDERLIN the plantation whereon I now live lying on the North West side of Williams Branch beginning at a white oak Willis Lufmans corner tree and running down the middle of the said branch to the Creek swamp and then up the Creek swamp to Sandy Ridge then binding on Willis Lufmans line to the first station containing Sixty acres more or less to him & the heirs of his one body and for want of such heir to my Son DEVOTION SANDERLIN & his heirs also I give to my Son EZEKIEL SANDERLIN one sow and five shotes, two stocks of bees and two young sows to him and his heirs.
Item: I give to my Son MAXIMILIAN SANDERLIN one horse and saddle, one gun, & one cutley one heifer of four year old, and one heifer of three year old & my dether bed and furniture two pewter dished three plates eighteen spoons one iron pot one frying pan two young sows also one sow & five shotes to him and his heirs.
Item: I give to my Son DEVOTION SANDERLIN one fether bed beadsted & furniture, two young sows one iron pot & one skillet, one hand mill, one square table, one cow & one young heifer, two pewter dishes, one pewter bason, and three plates to him and his heirs: I order my executor after my just debts be paid that the remainder part of my personally estate be sold and the money to buy a mare for my Son DEVOTION not braking in on any legacies in this my will already given or that I am about to give in the latter part of this my Last Will.
Item: I give to my friend WILLIAM WILLIAMS Senior the remainder part of my land contained in my patten that I have not already given, the same beginning at a black oak standing at Sanderlins Horse Bridge, running up a branch and binding Koens line and Thomas Sawyers patten line and from thence running and binding on the patten line of the said land to a beach JOSEPH SANDERLINS corner tree thence by a line of marked trees to a pine and from thence to a white oak and from thence by a line marked trees to a hickory and from thence to the black oak of Sanderlins Bridge it being the first station to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give to my Daughter MARY SANDERLIN one young cow one young heifer of four years old one of two year old and bell mettle morter and also one wollen wheel one linen wheel two young sows one fether bed and furniture and a parcel of earthen and delftware to her & her heirs.
I do hereby appoint my friend Thomas Sawyer Esq. To be executor to this my Last Will and Testament ordering him my just debts to pay & will to execute revoking all other wills by me formerly made. In witness whereof I have set my hand and fixed my seal this day of August Anno Dom 1762.
MARY SANDERLIN seal
Her x mark
Signed sealed and delivered In presence of us
January Inferior Court
Present his Majesties Justices
These may certify that Abner Harrison and Tulle Williams two of the subscribing evidences to the forgoing will appeared in open Court and made oath on the Holy Evangelist that they were present and saw the above named MARY SANDERLIN dec. sign seal publish pronounce and declare the afsd. writing to be and contain her Last Will and Testament and that she was at that time of sound and disposing mind and memory and that they also saw Isaac Murden the other subscribing evidence sign his name thereto at the same time. Then apprd. Thos. Sawyer Esq. Executor and was duly qualified. Ordered that the Hon.ble Benj. ???? Secretary have notice that Letters may issue.
Test: Tho. Taylor Jur. CCC
Registered the 5 day of March A.D. 1765
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)