THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
February 25, 1755
North Carolina Pasquotank County
I PHILLIP TORKSEY being very sick and weak of body but of perfet sence and memory thanks be to God for it do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in maner form as followeth that is to say first I recominend my soul to God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried at the descreution of my Exect. Hereafter mentioned.
Itom. I give and bequeth to my beloved Brother ——TORKSEY one two year old hefer.
Itom. I give and bequeth to my beloved Brother JOHN TORKSEY one two year old
Itom. I give and bequith to my beloved Cosen MAIGIL(?) REED(?) one negro boy Daniel at the decese of my Wife to her and her haire for ever.
Itom. I give and bequeth to my well beloved Wife (blacked out) of my estate both rail and pal???.
And I appint and ordain my beloved Wife ELIZEBETH to be my whole and sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament and do utterly disannul all other Wills by me made and acknowledge this to be my Last Will and Testament as witness my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of Feb. 1755.
Elizbeth and ???? was underlined before sined.
PHILLIP TORKSEY seal
Sined seled and published
In presence of
ABEL GALLOP jurat Exe. Qualifed
His “A” Mark
His X Mark
June Court Anno Dom 1755
Present His Majesties Justices
These may Cortesie that Abel Gallop one of the Evidonce to the within Will appeared in open Court and made Oath that the said PHILLIP TORKSEY sign seal publish and declard the within ???? this Last Will and Testament and that the said PHILLIP TORKSEY was at that time of sound and disposing memory and that —–said the other evidonce sign ???? ???? Then appeared ELIZABETH TORKSEY Executrix and duly qualified as the said ???? that the Honorable Henry McCullock(?) Esq. Secretary Notary(?) that letters ????
Test. Thos. Taylor
PHILLIP TORKSEY WILL
30 of June 1755
in Pasquotank County
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)