Know all men by these presents that I Amos Trueblood of the County and Province aforesaid Planter do make and ordain these presents to contain my last will and testment for the disposal for such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life in manner & form following (viz).First I will that all my just debts & funeral expenses be paid out of my estate in convenient time after my decease.
Imprimus I give to my son Thomas Trueblood a tract of land & plantation lying on Mill Creek in Pasquotank County being the place where he now lives, which Thomas Cartwright gave to his daughter Elizabeth the late wife of me the P. Amos, containing by estimation one hundred & thirty acres be the same more or less to him, his heirs & assigns forever. Also one Negroe girl called Levina with all her increase to him, his heirs & assigns forever.
Item I give to my son Abel Trueblood one Negroe woman called Phillis & one Negroe girl called Pleasant (daughter of Rose) with all the increase they shall happen to have after the date hereof to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Item I give to my son Josiah Trueblood a tract of land and plantation which I bought of John Riggs lying on Nobs Creek containing by estimation ninety nine acres more or less to him, his heirs & assigns forever; Also a Negroe man called Nero & a Negron woman called Judith and Negroe girl called Sillah, with all the increase they shall happen to have after the date hereof to him, his heirs& assigns for ever.
Item I give to my son Joshua Trueblood a parcel of land & plantation in Pasquotank County joyning on the Tray(?) Tree branch that I bought of Caleb Coen, containing by estimation thirty acres more or less to him, his heirs and assigns forever; also one Negroe boy named Savone(?) one Negroe woman called Rose & her child called Phebe , also one Negroe girl called Hannah, daughter of Rose, one Negroe girl called Mender(?) & one Negroe girl called Patience, daughter of Rose with all their increase they shall happen to have after the date hereof also two cows and calves to him, his heirs & assigns for ever.
Item I give to my Daughter, Miriam Overman, wife of John Overman six head of sheep to her & her disposal.
Item I give to my Grandaughter Elizabeth Symons one Negroe woman named Patience with her increase and to my Grandson John Symons one Negroe boy called bob and to my Grand Son William Overman one Negroe girl called Phill with her increase & to my Grandson James Overman one Negroe girl called Hannah Daughter of Patience(?) with her increase, and to the heirs of their bodies, only my will is that their Mother Miriam Overman shall have the use of the labor of these Negroes & their increase during the term of time of her natural life, and further it is my will & true intent and meaning that in case of the before mentioned grand children should happen to die childless or without heirs of their body that then the Negroe or Negroes herebygiven to them shall fall to be equally divided among the heirs of my body Exe(?)
Item I give to my son Caleb Trueblood all my Land & Plantation which I bought of Robert Kingham on Little River in Pasquotank County on which I now live, containing an estimation one hundred & eighty fore acres be it more or less to him, his heirs & assigns for ever; also one Negroe boy called Charles one Negroe boy called Pompy, one Negroe woman called Hannah, & her daughter called Patience & one Negroe girl called Doll, with all the increase they shall happen to have after the date hereof to him, his heirs & assigns for ever.
Item I give all the residue or remainder part of my estate to be equally divided between my Sons Thomas, Abel, Josiah, Joshua & Caleb Trueblood (word missing) them and their disposal.
Lastly I do hereby nominate my Sons Joshua & Caleb Trueblood Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby disannulling & disallowing all & every other former will or wills legacies bequests or Executors before this time by me named willed & bequeathed rattifieing & confirming this and no other to be my Last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have here unto sett my hand and seal this Fourteenth Day of the 7th month called July One Thousand Seven and Fifty Nine.
Amos Trueblood (SEAL)
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the P. Amos Trueblood to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence off
John Morris (three words illegible)
Amos Trueblood (1692-1759) was the son of John Trueblood and Agnes (Fisher) Trueblood.
Amos was of the first generation of Trueblood’s born in America.
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)