SMITHSON, THOMAS (1743/4)

The Last Will and Testament of

THOMAS SMITHSON

1743/44

2 November 1743, Pasquotank County                                                             

In the name of God amen the Second Day of November in ye year of our Lord 1743: I Thomas Smithson being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling on to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it and for my body recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like  and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at ye General Resurrection I shall receive the same again, by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estaitwhere with it hith pleased God to bless me in this life I gavem devis and dispose of the same in the following manar and form:

Imprimis  I leave and bequeath to Ann Smitsn my Dearly Beloved Wife the plantation whereon I now live and the wodlin ground belongin their unto duering her natural life and then to my son Joshua Smitsn to him and his Ears the Ears of his body trule begoten and for wont of such Eshu to retorn to the next eair and so from eair to eair as long as there is a Smitsn to be found and likewise I leav to my wife Ann Smitsn the use abd benefit of on negor wench called Sarain during her natural life and then to my Dafter Meriom Smitsn to her and her Ears for ever–

Imprimis  I give and bequeath to Ann Smitsn my Dearly beloved wife one fether bed where on I now lie and furnetred there unto belongin and likewiss I give to my Dafter Darkes Smitsn the next bilt fether bed one dimmond one rug and a pire of good blankets and a bolster:: Imprimis I give and bequeath to Ann Smitsn my Dearly beloved wife one black hors names Treep and one mair named feeley and my disier is that my son Joshua Smitsn should have the first fold she rases to be a year old:: and like wise to my wife four putor dishes and four putor plats and four putor basons two quorts basons and one pint bason and two putor porngons and like wise to my wife one six galon pot one three galon ketelone skelot one chest :: Item  I give to my well beloved Son Joseph Smitsn one hundred and tenn eakors of land that was formolley Twalles(?)  to him and his Ears one mair caled Boney and the first colt she rases to be a year old I gave to my son John Smitsn also I gave him my riding sadal:: Item I give to my well beloved Son John Smitsn two hundred Eakors of land that was formely Pearses begining at ye mouth of a brance that is betwen my two plantashon and running up the south side of the branch to ye hed keeping of cors thru the medol of Jacs old feld to the cros line I gave unto my son the for said land to him and his Ears, the Ears of his body lately begotn and for wont of such Eshu to retorn to ye next Eair and so from Eair to Eair as long as there is a Smitsn to be found

Item   I give to my well beloved Son Joshua Smitsn thurty eakers of land that was formaly Pearses begining at ye Southside of the mouth of ye forsed branch roning up ye branch to ye head runing thru the medel  of Jacks Ole Feld to ye Cros Line I gave to my Son Joshua all ye land lying betwen this for said line and the plaintashon where on I now live. for thirty Eakers mor or les to him and his Ears the Ears of his bod Lofely begoten::  Item I give to my well beloved Son John Smitsn one fether bed and furnitred and like wise my Chest and all my woring close and like wise all my carpendrs twols and like wise my bigest jorn poot:: Item I give to my well beloved Son Joshua Smitsn one fether bed and furnetud and two large pillos and like wise my shumakers toos and like wise my hunten goon and one ??? six galon Jaron pot and one two galon stone jugand like wise I give him my Sailor ??

and my Grin Stone Item:: I give to my well beloved Dafter Meraim Smitsn one fether bed where on she lies and furnetred beloing their unto and like wise one dask and like wise (illegible) putor galon bason and two deap puter plaits and one two galon Jaron poot and like wise one Negor wench name Sara to her and her Ears for Ever after her mothors De??

Item I give to my well beloved Dafter Dorkis Smitsn one Negor boy a bout Eleven years old named Jack to her and her Ears for ever and like wise one five quort Jaron poot and like wise one deap putor dish and one deap putor plait and one B???? and he??? that I boght of John Pugh

Item I give to my beloved Dafter Mary Murden one cas of twelve botels and like wise I give her three putor Dishes and two putor plaits  one (word illegible) ketel  and one sow one pig::

Item I give to my well beloved Dafter Tamer Norris one large blak (word illegible) one tabel and one nu two quart putor bason and one dep putor dish and one deap putor plait and one two galon ston jug and one ywo and lam and one stock of beas:: Imprimis I give and bequeath to Ann Smitsn my Dearly be Loved wife the use of one (word illegible) for her life time and then to my Dafter Mary Murden: and like wise to my wife one squar tabel and one two galon ston jug and one five quart botel and Like wise I leave to my wife my catol and hogs and my desier is that you should pay unto Samuel Pritchard four barels of pork out of the stok and like wise it is my desier that she should Ekeley divid all my glassware and earthen wair betwen herself and mu four Dafters and like wise I give to my Dearly beloved wife all the rest of my Eastate within dors and without:: (word illegible). And Like wise Constute make and ordain my only Executors Like wise my Son John Smitsn Executors with my wife of this my Last Will and Testament in witness where of I have here unto set my hand and the Day and year above written.

Thos Smitsn  {Seal}

Edmond Jackson

Richard Pritchard

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Thomas Smithson’s will was proved in January Court 1744, Pasquotank County, NC


*Transcriber’s note: After Thomas Smithson died his wife, “Turkish Ann” married Christopher Cartwright.

Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley

(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)


 

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