IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, This first Day of august, Anno, 1726. I, Anthony Hatch, of the precinct of pequimons, in the County of Albemarle and province of North Carolina, Gent., being of Sound Mind & perfect Memory, Doe Declare, make & ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament, Revoking and disannulling & making voyd all & every other Will & Wills by Me at any time heretofore made, in any kind whatsoever, in manner & form following, that is to Say, first and principally I Recomend my Soul into the hand of god almighty, who first gave it, Hoping for Salvation through mercy & the Merrits of Jesus my Saviour; & my Body I Commit to the Earth from whence it was Taken to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hearin after mintioned & appointed; And to what Worldly Estate it has pleased god to bestow upon me (after my Debts & Funeral Expences thereout paid and Sattisfied), I give and bequeath, order and dispose of as follows:
Imprimis, I give & bequeath all that my plantation & Lands thereunto belonging or appertaining, Lying in Neuse, in the County of Bath in the province afforesaid, in as full and ample man as I my Selfe now doe, might or Could hold & enjoy the Same, unto my Two Sons, Edmond Hatch and Lamb Hatch, to he equilly devided between them, to their Heirs and assigns for ever.
Item. I give and bequeath all this my plantation & lands thereunto belonging or appertaining lying in perquimons afore sd. and where I Live, in as full & ample manner as I my Selfe now doe, might or could hold, occupie enjoy the Same, unto my Dear & Loving wife, Elizabeth Hatch, for and During the Term of her Natural Life, and from & after her Decease, I give and bequeath the Same plantation and Lands in Like Manner as afforesaid, unto my Son, Anthony Hatch, his Heires and assigns for Ever.
Item. I order and Direct that all that my moyety or halfe part of a tract or parcel of land lying in Alligator, and by me held in partnership with my brother in Law, George Durant, to be Sold by my Execut’s as soon after my Decease as Conveniently may be, & to the best Advantage, & the Money or Commodities the Same shall be for, to be Devided, Disposed of in the very same manner as the rest of my personal Estate is to be, by this my Last Will & Testament.
Item. I give and bequeath my great Bible unto my Son, Anthony Hatch, after his Mothers Deceases, and it is my Will and Desire and I doe hearby order and direct the Same accordingly, that all my personal Estate in any Kind or Respect whatsoever, belonging unto me at the time of my Decease, shall be equally deviled between my sd. Dear wife, Ellizabeth Hatch, my three Sons, Vizt: Anthony Hatch, Edmond Hatch, & Lamb Hatch, and my Daughter Ellizabeth Hatch, to be and Remain, to them, and their heirs for ever, and her & their proper use and behoof.
And Lastly, I doe nominate, Constitute and appoint my afforesaid Dear & Loving Wife, Ellizabeth Hatch, my true & Loving Brothers in law, Richard Whidbey and George Durant, to be my Executrix and Executors of this my Last Will and Testement.
ANTHO. HATCH. X
Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced, and declared to be the Last Will & Testament of Anthony Hatch, in presence of:
THOMAS T PENRICE,
PARTHENIA L STEVENS.
NORH CAROLINA CS. SR. RICHD EVERARD Barrt. Governor and Ordinary.
The above Will was proved before Me by the Oaths of Thomas Penrice and John Stephens, Evidences thereto, in due form, this 16th. Day of Novr. 1726.
Copied from Original Will filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.
Contributed by Nola Duffy