will 25 September 1775; proved April Court 1777
Perquimans County, North Carolina
In the name of God Amen, I John Sanders of Perquimans County in the Province of North Carolina (Joiner) calling to mind the uncertainty of Time here, am moved to commit to writing my Last Will and testament in manner and form following—
Item, It is my will and desire that all my just debts be fully satisfyd and paid—
Item, I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Sanders one Negro woman named Cate and her Increase, one Negro man named Tobey, Two feather beds and furniture, one walnut desk, six walnut chairs, one walnut table, one walnut bofet, my riding chair and harness, and my horse called Jockey, two cows and calves, one yoke of oxen, one cart and wheels, one ox yoke and staple, one bar plow, one weeding plow, one iron chain, one narrow ax, one weeding hoe, two sows and pigs–four ewes and lambs, eight spade sows & barrows, two iron pots and hooks, one pot tramel, three pewter dished, three basons, six plates, six ?? spoons, one loom and harness, six tea cups and saucers, one tea pot, one tea kettle, twelve Delf plates, one pair of iron dogs, one pair of fire tongs, one wollen wheel, one linnen wheel, two flat irons, and a sufficiency of provisions for her self and family untill the usual time of year for laying in yearly provisions–To her & her heirs forever—
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Son John Sanders all my land and buildings that I am possessed of to him and his heirs of his body lawfully begot forever and for want of such heirs it is my will and desire that my said lands be sold at the discretion of my Executors and the money arising by such sale to be equally divided between such of my daughters and their legal representatives as shall be at that time living— I further give unto my Son John Sanders one Negro named Simon, one Negro boy named Ned, one walnut desk and one walnut bofet, two looking glasses to him and his heirs forever—
Item, I give all the remaining part of my Estate to be equally divided between my five Daughters — Mary, Miriam, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Pharaby Sanders to them and their heirs forever—
Lastly, I nominate constitute and appoint my Wife Elizabeth Sanders Executrix and my Brother Benjamin Sanders, and my friend Joshua Skinner and William White, Executors to this my Last Will, revoking all other wills heretofore by me made Ratifying this and no other to be my will In Testimone whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 25th day of September 1775.
John Sanders seal
Signed sealed & Declard by the said Jno. Sanders to be his will in prescence of
The words of his Body lawfully begotten, ___?____ before signed.
Perquimans County April Court of Quarter Sessions of the Year 1777
This may certify that the foregoing will of John Sanders, Deac’d was then and there Exibited into Court & proved by the Oath of William Skinner & at the same time Benjamin Sanders & William White two of the Exectrs therein named appeared and was qualified agreeable to law.
Certifyd by W.Skinner, Clk
Recorded July 15th by ????
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)