Contributed by Susan C. Griffin
William Jackson, Sen. – 1695/6
In the name of God, amen.
I, William Jackson, Sen., of Pasquotank Precinct being in perfect health and memory blessed be to God for it do make the my Last Will and Testament in manner
and form as followeth.
Impris, I give unto almighty God my soul who gave it me to find mercy all the present days through the merits of my saviour, Jesus Christ.
2: I commit my body to the earth to be decently buried according to the descrition of my son, Zachariah Jackson.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son, Will Jackson, Junr., my long gun and middle sized dish and porenger and one ewe.
2: Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Ruth Davis, two ewes and a middle sized pewter dish and porenger.
3: I give and bequeath to my loving wife, Elizabeth, a negro woman named Jane above her thirds.
4: I give and bequeath unto Zachariah Jackson and David Jackson, my two sons, the plantation I now dwell on and all the land thereunto belonging to them and their heirs.
5: I give and bequeath to my two sons, Daniel Jackson and Samuel Jackson, a plantation situated on the easternmost branch of Herring Creek Swamp to them and their heirs forever.
6: I give and bequeath all the rest of my whole estate, real and personal, to be equally between my said four sons; Zachariah Jackson, Daniel Jackson, Samuel Jackson and David Jackson.
7: I do make and appoint Zachariah Jackson and Daniel Jackson to be my whole and soul executors to see this my Last Will and Testament performed.
8: I do make my son, Daniel Jackson, to be an age now to perform anything relating as being my Executor for Confirmation of this my Last Will and Testament.
I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21 February 1695/6.
Signed and sealed in the presence of us.
Hugh Campbell his
Rich. Plater William [his x mark] Jackson
W. Simson mark
N. Carolina, General Court held the third day of March, 1697. This Will proved by the oath of Mr. Hugh Campbell and Mr. Rich. Plater.
Contributed by David Jackson
Daniel Jackson – 1734
February the 14th day of 1734.
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Daniel Jackson, being sick and weak in body but in sound senses and memory, first, I give and bequeath my soul to God that gave it to me and secondly I commit my body to the dust from whence it came. After my body being decently buried and my just debts payed I bestow my worldly estate as followeth.
To my son, Daniel Jackson, I give and bequeath a silver spoon and my drugget vest and britches and what I have disposed myself with for his share.
To my son, Zacharias Jackson, I give and bequeath my case of bottles and what I have disposed myself with for his share.
To my son, Samuel Jackson, I give and bequeath a silver spoon and what I have disposed myself with for his share the plantation whereon I live, from branch to branch as far around the furthermost clear glade,
I give and bequeath unto my son, David Jackson, unto him and his heirs and to be free at his father’s death to receive what is his own the neck of land over the branch, from branch to branch.
I give and bequeath unto my son, William Jackson, to him and his heirs the long Glade Tract of Land.
I do give and bequeath unto my son, Joab Jackson, unto him and his heirs—If either of the three should died without heirs, the land shall return unto the living.
All the rest of my moveable estate, I do give the use of it to my wife, Ann Jackson, during her life time or widowhood and after her demise or marriage all shall return unto Ruth Jackson and Ann Jackson and David Jackson and Elizabeth Jackson and William Jackson and Joab Jackson, to be equally divided.
Furthermore I do appoint, impower and intrust my well beloved wife, Ann Jackson, to be my executrix and my well beloved son, Zacharias Jackson, I do appoint, impower and intrust and Samuel Jackson, them to be my true and lawful executors as witneses unto, I set my hand and fix my seal.
William Simson, Jr. Daniel [his X mark] Jackson
John Simson, Junr.
Contributed by David Jackson