Be it known to all men by these presents that I Matthew Jordan of the county and province aforesaid being sick and weak in body but sound in mind and disposing memory thanks be to God and calling to mind its uncertainity of this life and knowing that is once appointed for all men to die and the time where is uncertain there I make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say — Principally and first I recommend my soul to the hand of God that gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried I give devise and dispose of my estate in the following manner and ??? after all my just debts be paid.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my beloved brother Gabriel Newby my ??????? which belonged to my father Matthew Jordan.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Anne Jordan my Negro woman named Rose and my Negro girl named Sue after my mother’s death.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my beloved mother Patience Newby ten pounds ??.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Mary Clay five shillings sterling.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Elizabeth Newby twenty pounds ??.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my beloved brothers Francis Newby, Gabriel Newby, Joseph Newby, & Benj Newby all my wearing apparel to be equally divided amongst them. Also it is my will and desire that my land and my Negro man named Peter and all my other estate to be sold for six months credit. Likewise I desire after my mother’s death that my Negro man named Sam be sold also and all the monies arising from the said estate to be divided as followests.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my beloved sisters and brothers — namely Dorothy Skinner, Elizabeth Newby, Gabriel Newby, Benj Newby, Joseph Newby, and Josiah Newby all the money arising from the said estate which is to be sold and equally divided amongst them & is to be sold by my exors– I do nominate and appoint my loving mother Patience Newby, Anne Jordan and John Skinner to be my exex and exors of this my last will and testament and I do by these presents ??? revoke and disavow all and every other will by me before made and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty fifth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty three.
Matthew Jordan (seal)
Signed in the presence of us as
my last will and testament
Robt Jordan John Hensley
July Court 1763. This certifies that the foregoing will was proved in court by the affirmation of Robert Jordan and at the same time appeared Patience Newby, Ann Jordan and John Skinner and qualified as exex and exors according to law.
Test Miles Harvey C Crt
December the 4th 1764 this was the said will recorded according to law.
Miles Harvey C Crt
NOTES from Bob Stokley: Matthew was the son of Matthew Jordan and Patience Jordan of Isle of Wight County, Virginia.) He died without issue. Patience Darden Jordan married 2. Joseph Newby of Perquimans County, North Carolina.
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)