The Last Will and Testament of
February 21, 1871-November 12, 1872
In the name of God Amen!
I ISAAC PRITCHARD being at this time of sound and disposing mind though weak in body do make publish and declar the following to be my Last Will and Testament & hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.
Item 1st: I give and devise to my Daughter MARY PRITCHARD during the term of her natural life all that certain tract of land whereon I now live which includes as well the Old Place as the parcel or lot which I purchased from Emily Albertson some year ago. And it is my desire and I hereby will that after the death of my said Daughter MARY my Grandson MARTIN PRITCHARD (son of my Son MARTIN PRITCHARD dec) shall have and enjoy the use and benefit of the said described tract of land during the term of his natural life and should my said Grandson MARTIN leave at his death children or the issue of such, then, I give it fee in the said tract to such children or their issue, but should the said MARTIN PRITCHARD my Grandson not leave at his death him surviving any child or children or the issue of such then it is my desire that the tract of land described shall best and be in my Grandson CHARLES MARTIN PRITCHARD (son of my Son MILES R. PRITCHARD) and his heirs forever.
Item 2nd: I give and devise to my Son MILES R. PRITCHARD and to his heirs forever all that tract of land, both highland and swamp whereon the said MILES R. now lives.
Item 3rd: I give and bequeath to MARY PRITCHARD widow of my Son MARTIN PRITCHARD decd. One Hundred dollars in good notes that may have belonging to my estate the balance of all notes and money that I may leave belonging to my estate after the payment of all my just debts, I give to my Daughter MARY, my Son MILES and my Grandson MARTIN (Son of MARTIN) to be equally divided among them share and share alike.
Item 4th: Al the balance and residue of my estate of whatever kind I give and bequeath to my Daughter MARY PRITCHARD and her heirs.
Item 5th: I hereby nominate and appoint my Son MILES R. PRITCHARD to be my executor of this my Last Will and Testament.
ISAAC PRITCHARD seal
His X mark
Signed, sealed, published and declared in our presence by the testatory at his request, we within the same in his presence and in the presence of each other February 21st 1871
Wm. B. Pritchard
In the Probate Court
November 12, 1872
A paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of ISAAC PRITCHARD decd. Is exhibited before me the undersigned Judge of Probate for Pasquotank County by MILES R. PRITCHARD the executor therein named and the due execution thereof by the oath and examination of Frank Vaughan and Wm. B. Pritchard the subscribing witnesses thereof, who being by me duly sworn doth depose and say and each for himself deposeth and sayeth that he is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown him purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of ISAAC PRITCHARD that he said ISAAC PRITCHARD in the presence of this deponent subscribed his name at the end of said paper writing which is now shown and which bear date of the 21st day of February 1871 did in the presence of this deponent subscribed his name both said paper writing and the deponent further sayeth that the said ISAAC PRITCHARD the Testatory aforesaid did at the time of subscribing his name as aforesaid declare the said paper writing so subscribed by him to be his Last Will and Testament etc…..
ISAAC PRITCHARD was of sound mind and memory of full age to execute this will and was not under any distress to the knowledge information or beliefs of these deponents and further the sd. deponents say not.
Wm. B. Pritchard
Sworn and Subscribed
November 12, 1872
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)