The Last Will and Testament of
September 20, 1771-June 1774
In the name of God Amen, The Twentieth day of September One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy One. I JOHN POYNTER Sen. Of the province of North Carolina and County of Pasquotank being weak in body, but of sound and perfect memory (Thanks be to God for the same) do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following,
First I commend my soul to God my Creator, assuredly believing that I shall receive full pardon and remission of all my sins, by the precious death and ????? of my blessed Saviour and redeemer Christ Jesus. And my body to buried in a decent and Christian manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named. And as touching my worldly estate as the Lord hath sent me shall be employ’d and bestowed as this my Will expresseth,
First: I do revoke renounce and make void all wills by me formerly made and declare and appoint this my Last Will and Testament.
Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter ELIZABETH POYNTER one negroe girl named Hannah her and her increase for ever. Also One bay mare excepting the first colt she brings which I give to my Daughter MARY. Also Three Cows and Calfe. One black walnut desk and if JOHN POYNTER is agreeable to pay my Daughter ELIZABETH Three pounds proc. Money he may have the desk.
I leave and bequeath to my beloved Daughter SARAH POYNTER One negro wench Hagar with what increase she may have after the date of this my Last Will and Testament, Also one negro boy call’d Dick and if she should die without lawful heir of her body, the said negro boy Dick to return amongst my surviving children. Also Two cows and calves and one small heifer and one bed whereon she lies.
I leave and bequeath to my beloved Son SAMUEL POYNTER One negroe fellow call’d Sampson, and one half of land whereon I live, to him and his heir and for want of such to the first male heir. The line to run thus..across the old line to his fence and then up the branch to the Tarr? Kiln, then from thence to the head of the line, To one yoke of young stears he is now possessed with, Two cows and calfs and one yearling he now is possessed with, one small heifer yearling, also one bed whereon he lies.
I leave and bequeath to my beloved Son JOHN POYNTER one negro man call’d Bob, one young bay horse, To one One Hundred and Fifty dollars in Mr. Thomas Macknights hands March 6 in this County, Likewise the other mority viz half of my land whereon I now liveth after his Mothers death. And if that she should contract marriage for my Son JOHN POYNTER to be immediately to be possessed with the said lands. And further I leave and bequeath that my Son JOHN POYNTER shall find yearly during his Mothers Widdowhood Twenty barrels of corn and Ten bushels of wheat, Also One yoke of stears calld Lamb L& lion to my Son JOHN POYNTER, Three cows and calves, One large musket to my son JOHN POYNER.
I leave and bequeath to my Daughter MARY POYNTER a negro wench named Phoebe her and her increase and for want of heirs lawful begotten of her body to return to my surviving children. Three cows and calves the bed whereon she lies.
I leave and bequeath to my beloved Daughter MARTHA POYNTER one negroe girl namd Wander her and her increase and for want of heirs lawfully begotten of her body to return to my surviving children. One roan mare colt, Three cows and calfs called Pattys the bed whereon he Mother lies after her Mothers decease.
I leave and bequeath to my beloved Wife ELIZABETH POYNTER all the rest of my moveable within and without at her disposal. And likewise constitute and appoint her executrix of this my Last Will and Testament and my Son JOHN POYNTER executor. In witness whereof I have put my hand and seal the day and year above written.
JOHN POYNTER Sen. Seal
His x mark
Sealed and delivered
For the use herein mentioned
Her A mark
June Inf Court of Pleas Quarter Sessions 1774
Present his Majesty’s Justices
The Last Will and Testament of JOHN POINTER Sen. Was exhibited by ELIZABETH POINTER executrix therein named and proved in due form of law by the oath of Henry Williamson at the same time the executrix qualified by taking the oath by law appointed ordered to be recorded.
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)