The Last Will and Testament of
March 26, 1867-June 1867
In the name of God Man.
I PETER PRITCHARD of the County of Pasquotank and State of North Carolina being of sound and disposing mind do make publish & declare the following as my Last Will and Testament to wit:
Item 1st: It is my desire that my executor hereinafter named shall first pay all my just debts in manner as I hereinafter direct.
Item 2nd: I give and bequeath to my Sons PHILLIP PRITCHARD and RICHARD PRITCHARD Two Hundred Dollars each to be paid by my executor hereinafter named, out of the proceeds of the sale of my corn now on hand at the Weeks farm.
Item 3rd: I give to my beloved Wife OLLEY PRITCHARD during the term of her natural life all my land except the PRITCHARD tract formerly owned by PHILLIP PRITCHARD decd. And the Jamima Thornton tract. I also give to my Wife OLLEY during the term of her natural life all my household and kitchen furniture and all my cattle & stock of whatever kind and all the balance of my corn not given away in Item No. 2, and all my crop of wheat now growing together with all the balance of my property of whatever kind and description.
Item 4th: I give and bequeath to my Sons JOSIAH PRITCHARD, ELIAS PRITCHARD, PETER PRITCHARD, STEPHEN PRITCHARD, PHILLIP PRITCHARD and RICHARD PRITCHARD to be equally divided among their share & share alike. The said PRITCHARD tract formerly belonging to PHILLIP PRITCHARD decd, But it is my Will that all my just debts be charged against the said PRITCHARD tract and that my executor herein after named require my Son to whom the said tract is conveyed herein to rais an amount sufficient to pay the same and fully and entirely pay the same.
Item 5th: After the death of my Wife I give and bequeath to my Sons WM. RILEY PRITCHARD, JOSIAH PRITCHARD, ELIAS PRITCHARD, PETER PRITCHARD, STEPHEN PRITCHARD, PHILLIP PRITCHARD, and RICHARD PRITCHARD, all the balance of land together with all the balance of my property of whatever kind and description.
Item 6th: It is my desire that my Son WILLIAM RILEY PRITCHARD shall have his share of the land herein devised to him in the Thornton tract adjoining the Clark land to extend from Evan F. Pritchard land to the Whitehurst land.
Item 7th: If any of my Sons should die not leaving lawful issue it is my will that his share of my estate herein devised shall be equally divided among my surviving Sons.
Item Eight: I give and bequeath to my Daughter SOPHIA DAILY Two Hundred Dollars to be paid to her within Five years from the time of my death by my Sons WM. RILEY PRITCHARD, JOSIAH PRITCHARD, ELIAS PRITCHARD, PETER PRITCHARD, STEPHEN PRITCHARD, PHILLIP PRITCHARD and RICHARD PRITCHARD or the survivors of them and it is my desire that the lands herein above devised to them be charged with the payment of the said sum of Two Hundred Dollars.
Item 9th: I give and bequeath to the Two children of my Daughter SARAH BRITE, SOPHA and ANNA a bed & cow that I loaned to my said Daughter SARAH and which are now in the possession of the Father of the said SOPHA & ANNA.
Item 10th: I nominate and appoint my Son ELIAS PRITCHARD executor of this my Last Will and Testament March 26, 1867.
PETER PRITCHARD seal
His x mark
Signed in presence of
Wm. B. Pritchard
James B. Pritchard
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
June Term AD 1867
The forgoing paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of PETER PRITCHARD decd. Is exhibited for Probate in open Court by ELIAS PRITCHARD the executor therein named & the due execution thereof by the said PETER PRITCHARD is proved by the oath & examination of Wm. B. Pritchard & James B. Pritchard the subscribing witnesses thereto. It is therefore considered by the Court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the Last Will and Testament of the said PETER PRITCHARD and the same is ordered to be recorded & filed, and thereupon the said ELIAS PRITCHARD executor as aforesaid duly qualifies as such by taking the oath required by law.
A.P. White Clerk
By S.D. Whit Debt.
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)