22nd day of the 3rd month 1789
Perquimans County, North Carolina
I Josiah Jordan of Perquimans County being weak of body, but sound of disposing mind & memory do make and ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament in the manner & form following.
First it is my will & desire that all my just debts be first discharged by my Executor hereafter named.
Second, I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Jordan, the Land Plantation whereon I now live during her natural life, & one third part of all my Personal Estate after my Debts & Legacies hereafter mentioned are paid, to her and her heirs forever–
Third, I give and bequeath unto my three sons Thomas, Josiah, & Matthew Jordan the Land Plantation whereon I now live, the Land purchased of Thos Willson’s Exs. and all my Right and Interest in the Land & Plantation whereon my Mother now lives, in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, or all the cash that may fall to me in consequence of said land in Virginia, to be equally divided between them, when Matthew arrives at the age of Twenty One years, or at the death of there Mother, to them and there Heirs forever—
Fourth. I give and bequeath unto my son Exum Jordan Two Hundred & Thirty Pounds Current Money but in case he should die under age, I give the said Two Hundred & Thirty Pounds to be equally divided between my three sons Thomas, Josiah, & Matthew Jordan to them & there Heirs forever
Fifth. I give & bequeath unto my three daughters Sarah, Dorothy, & Mary Jordan, Fifty Pounds Current Money Each to them and there Heirs forever—
Sixth. I give & bequeath the remainder of my Estate not heretofore given to be Equally divided between my four Daughters Miriam, Sarah, Dorothy & Mary to them & there Heirs forever—
Lastly. I constitute & appoint Exum Newby & John Clary to be my Executors to this my Last Will & Testament.
In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand seal this 22nd day of the 3rd Month 1789—
Signed Sealed & Acknowledged }
In Presents of us
Jno. J. Jackson
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)