I Abraham Sanders of the province of North Carolina and County of Perquimans being throug Mercy in Reasonable health of body and in perfect Serene Mind and Memory but calling to Mind the uncertainty of this Life doe think proper to make this My Last Will and testament in manner and form–
Following first my Will and Desire is that my Just Debts and funeral expences be discharged and paid
First I give and bequieth unto my son John Sanders the plantation whereon Richard Waters now lives bounded by a branch Runing from the river into the woods and soe from the head of the said branch by a line of markt trees to the head line of my land I say I give him the sd. plantation to him and his heirs forever.
2dly I give and be quieth unto my daughter Jude Bois a tract of Land Containing forty three acres Joyning on the land of Anne Williams and fifty Seven acres adjoining it out of the Tract of Land whereon I now live to her and her heirs forever.
3dly I give and bequieth unto my son Benjamin Sanders the plantation whereon I now Live with all the remainder of my Land to him and his heirs forever.
4thly My Will and Desire is that if Either My son John or my son Benjamin should depart this Life before they arrive to the age of twenty one years that then the other may have and Enjoy his part of the Land to his proper use and heirs forever.
5thly I give and bequeith unto my son Abraham Sanders five shillings sterling to him and his heirs.
6thly I give and bequeith unto my Daughter Elizabeth Sanders My Negro Man Named Sambo and one young Mare and one black walnut Chest and Case with fifteen bottles and one Linen Spinning wheal to her and her heirs forever.
I also give to my Daughter Elizabeth Sanders one black Walnut Oval table to her and her heirs.
7thly I give all the remainder of my Estate to bee Equally Divided betwen My Loving Wife Jude Sanders and My three children John, Benjamin and Elizabeth Sanders to them and their heirs forever.
My Will and Desire is that my sd. wife Jude Sanders have the care of my son John Sanders and his part of my Personal estate untill he arives to the age of twenty years and then I apoint him to bee of age to Receive it and have the full use and benefit of the same.
My Will and Desire is thay My Daughter Elizabeth Sanders have the care of my son Benjamin Sanders and his part of my Personal estate untill he arives to the age of twenty years and then I apoint him to bee of age to receive it and have the full use and benefit of the same.
Also it is my will and Desire that My Daughter Elizth. Sanders have the Liberty to Live on that part of my Land which I gave to my son John Sanders if she should have ocation or Like soe to doe untill he arives to the age of twenty years.
Lastly I Constitute ordain and appoint my Brother Richd Sanders and my friend Jo. White to bee my whole and sole Executors to see this my Last will and testament performed and Don and doe hereby revoke Disanul and make void all other wills by mee heretofore made and declare this to bee my Last Will & testament in witness wherof I hereunto sett my habd and seal this twenty sixth Day of Aprill 1750
Abraham A Sanders his mark
Signed and sealed and Delivd. in presents of
John White affd
John Murdaugh affd
October Court anno Dom 1751
Present His Majestys Justices when was the within will proved in open court by the affirmations of John Murdaugh & John White in Due form of law and at the same time Richard Sanders and Joseph White Executors to the within will was duly qualified by taking the affirmations by law appointed to be taken by Executors Ordered that the Secretary or his Deputy of said province have Notice that Letters Testamentary issue thereon as th law directs
Test. Edmd. Hatch Cler Cur
Source: North Carolina Wills, Vol. XXVII, page 48
Contributed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)