THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
“PIERRE” PETER FOURRE
August 6, 1697
In the name of God the Father, Sonne, & Holy Ghost
I PETER FOURRE of the County aforesd being now in perfect sence & memory though ??firme & sick in my body, considering de certainty of death & not
nowing the time & hour thereof have made appointed & declared this my Last
Will & Testament this 6th day of Agust 1697 as follows——
Imprimis. I recommend & give my Soul unto the mercifull hands of my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ & appoint my body to be decently interred at the discretion of my excor. After named firmly believing & hoping the resurrection reuniting of my ?? Soul through the meritt of our Lord & Saviour & of my worldly & temporal estate which God hath given me I will & dispose as follows.
2ly. I give & bequeath unto my loving Wife my lands & livings & all Iam ponen(?) with all during her life time——
3ly. And after her decease I give & bequeath my plantation & land & what belong to it unto my Sonne JOHN FOURRE & for the movables within & without the door that shall be left after my Wife’s decease to be divided as followeth.
4ly I give my Daughter NICHOLE one shiling
5ly I give unto my Daughter MARGUERIT one shiling
6ly I give unto my Daughter MARY one haffer of about three years old
7ly If JOHN FOURRE my Sonne should die without heirs then my plantation & land belongin to it should fall unto my Daughter ESTER FOURRE.
Lastly I will & appoint CATHERINE FOURRE my beloved Wife above named my Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament witness my hand & seal this 6th of Agust 1697
Signed sealed & declared
In presence of
His “A M” hand
FRANCIS DE LA MARE
If it be the Lords will that my Wife & I should dye before that my Daughter ESTHER be of age I will that she should live & stay wth. Her God Mother Mrs. ELIZABETH HUNT untill that she be of age & that also she should look after what soever should belong to my said Daughter ESTHER.
We have heard PIERRE FOURRE speak the words of this g:vh Article & desired FRANC DELAMARE to write it as his will the 15 of ??? 1697
FRANCIS DE LA MARE
(Note can’t make out this subscribers name)
Transcriber’s note:The County is listed as Albemarle but I believe it belongs with what later became Pasquotank County
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)