WILLIAM BARCOCK (1731 Will)

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

WILLIAM BARCOCK

March 5, 1730-1

In the name of God Amen the fifth day of March 1730/1. I WILLIAM BARCOCK of the precenct of Pasquotank in the province of North Carolina Planter, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye 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 into the hand of God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give & demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my Son THOMAS one hundred acres of land to be layed of at ye esterd end of my island to him and his heirs and assignes for ever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son WILLIAM a two year old hefer is be delivered to him with in six months after my desese and ye first foll that the black mare hath or bringeth I like ways give unto my Son WILLIAM.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son DANIEL One Hundred acres of land laying and joyning on my Son THOMASES hundred before menchened and a three year old hefer to be delivered to him when at ye full age of twenty one years.

Item. I give unto my Son PETER One Hundred acres of land joyning on my Son DAN’L. hundred called Popler Pare of Palinstine millstones and a three year old hefer and a gun to be delivered when of full age of twenty one years.

Item. I give unto my Son JOHN One hundred acres of land called the Bectree Neck and a three year old hefer when at the full age of twenty one years.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son JOSEPH the plantation I now live on containing One hundred and fourty acres of land to him and his heirs and assignes for ever and a sorel mare and a two year old hefer and my hunting gun.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son LUKE a two year old hefer.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter ANN a three year old hefer to be delivered unto hir when at the full age of sixteen years and my iron skilet

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to JANE my dearly beloved Wife all my houshold goods and stock debts and moveable effects together with hir lifetime on ye plantation whare on I now live (which I have bequeathed to my Son JOSEPH after the deces of my Wife) and I do like ways make and appoint my loveing Wife my Sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament and I do here by utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies and bequeths and Executors by me in any ways before made willed and bequeathed. Ratifing and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. In witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year above writen.

The mark of WILLIAM “wb” BARCOCK

Signed sealed published Pronounced and declared by The said WILLIAM BARCOCK as his Last Will and Testament in the Presence of us the subscribers

JAMES FORBES His mark

REBECA FORBES Her “R” mark

JOHN BELL


Pasquotank July 1731 The within Will was proved in open Court by JAMES FORBES and REBECA FORBES Evedence there to


Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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


 

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