The Last Will and Testament of


November 26, 1780-March 1781

In the name of God amen the Twenty Sixth day of November 1780 I WILLIAM SEXTON of the County Pasquotank being very weak in body but of perfect mind & memory thanks be given unto God. Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it appointed for all men once to dye do make & ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say Principally & first of all I give & recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it & my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the descreation of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same a gain by the mighty power of God.

And as touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless in this life I give demise & dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Impermise: I lend the use of all my land & moveable estate to my dearly beloved wif LURAINEY during her natural life.

Impermise: I give L& bequeath to my well beloved Daughter PETHIAR PR—ARD (page torn) one chse of drawes together with what she has before received sd. chest to be recd. After her Mothers death.

Impermise: I give & bequeath to my well beloved Daughter MIRIAM PRICHAR one feathe bed together with what she has before recd. Said bed to be recd. After her Mothers death.

Impermise: I give & bequeath to my well beloved Son MALACHI SEXTON my gray horse.

Impermise: I give & bequeath to the heirs of my well beloved Daughter SARAH SCOTT One lawful shilling for her share of my estate.

Impermise: the remaining part of my estate I give & bequeath to my Three youngest children viz. MALACHI RHODA & NANIE SEXTON after their Mother death.

I do hereby revoke & disallow every other Testament ratifying this & no other to be my Last Will & Testament in writing in Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seal the day year first above written. I likewise constitute & appoint David Prichard MALACHI SEXTON & my dearly beloved Wife LURAINEY executors & executrix to this my Last Will & Testament

                                                                                                    WILLIAM SEXTON  seal

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Jos. Madren jurat

Arthur Jennings

Thos. Prichard

And Exe. Qualify

State of N. Carolina

Pasquotank County

March Inferior Court of Pleas & S 1781

Present the Worshipfull Justices

Last Will & Testament of WILLIAM SEXTON was exhibited and proved in open Court by the oath of Joseph Madren a subscribing evidence thereto who was present & saw the testator sign seal & acknowledge the within to be and contain his Last Will and Testament and at the same time appeared David Pritchard executor therein named and was Qualifyd according to Law ???? for Letters. Orders for to record

Test: Enoch Relfe CCC

Recorded in Book K page 56

This 8th day of August 1783

By Enoch Relfe CC 

Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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


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