The Last Will and Testament of
May 18, 1784-May 18, 1785
In the name of God Amen I SAMUEL POYNTER of Pasquotank County North Carolina Gentleman being of sound judgment and perfect memory blessed be God for the same but tis appointed for all men once to die I commit my soul to God that give it and my body to the ground to be decently entered by my executors after mentioned in hopes of a glorious risurection and what estate it hath be pleased God to bestow I lend and bequth the use and service of all my land and permissions to my beloved Wife HEPSEBETH POYNTER during of her naturel lif except one mair & one gilded horse to be sold for to settle of my debts and after my Wifes dec. I give and bequeath as follows viz.
I give and bequeath unto my eldest Son JOHN POYNTER and the heirs of his body my Plantation and wood land also lying near the mouth of Little River on the North side of it also one cow and calf one coult that mair with fold at present also one gun.
I give and bequeath unto my Son WILLIAM JOSEPH & THOMAS POYNTER the remander part of my estat to be equeley divided between them Three & if either of them dies before they come to age for it to return back to the other Two and it is also my will & desire for it to return in that manner (cut off)
With out heirs of their body for it to return back to the next heir in rotation also it is my will and desire for my Wife keep the children if please God they live till they come to the age of Fourteen years old and as they come to that age for them to be bound out by the court to good trad, such as they think proper for them to larne.
Lastly I appoint and ordain my beloved Wife HEPSEBETH POYNTER as whole and sole executrix and executer of this my Last Will and Testament.
Signed sealed in the presence of us in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Eight Four May 18th.
SAMUEL POYNTER seal
December Term 1784
Present the Worshipful Justices
These shall certify that the Last Will & Testament of SAMUEL POYNTER was exhibited in open court and proved by the oath of ANTHONY MARKAM a subscribing witness thereto in due form of Law and at the same time appeard HEPSEBETH POYNTER the only executrix therein named and was qualifiyed agreeable to law ordered to be recorded & letters Testamentary issue
Test. Enoch Relfe CCC
Recorded in Book K folio 103
By Enoch Relfe CC
May 18, 1785
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)