Mary Ann (Martin) Pearson
16 July 1780
Proved in April Court, 1781
In Perquimons Countey
In the name of god the 16th day of July in the year of our Lord 1780: I Mary Ann Pearson in the Countey of Perquimons Being in perfect mind and memory thanks be to god there fore caling to mind the mortality of my bodey and knowing that it is apointed for all men to Die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say principaly and furst of all I give and recomend my soul into hand of god that gave it and for my bodey I recomend it to the Earth to be buried in A Christian and desent like maner at the Discretion of my Executor and as touching such wourldly estait where with it haith pleaised god to Bless me with in this life . I give and devise and dispose of the saim in the following maner and form.
First. I leave unto my grandater Mary Wilson doter of Robert Wilson one cow and ??? or calf and one linen wheal and one large puter dish and one small one itm. I leave to her 1 two 2′quart bason. Itm I leave untow my grand doter Mary Wilson two puter plaits and I leve unto hur six puter spoons and I leve to hur too ???? nives and too fork. itm I give unto my soon Enock Jesop one feather bead and bolster and bedstead and cord and cover lid. too pilers and own blanket and two sheats itm. I give unto Meriam Jesop dauter to Enock Jesop one year old heffer itm-I give unto my soon Enock Jesop 1 chert 1 baking(?) iron—
I give untow my Dauter Ruth Boice one large iron pot–Itm. I give unto my grand doter Mary Wilson one small trunk and too chairs and I give unto my grand doter Mary Wilson 1 iron pot and if my grand doter Mary Wilson should die without Isew of bodey then it is my will that the above mentioned goods left to my granddauter should be equaly devided with all the rest and remainderof my estait a mongst all my children– Jemima Hasket–Enock Jesop Cristefor Pearson William Pearson Jonathon Pearson Mary More Ruth Boice and I constitute and apoint — Enock Jesop and Calob White to be my executors and I do hereby uterly disalowe and revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills legiaser, bequeath and executors by me in any wise be fore named wiled and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and testament. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seall this sixtenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty
Maryann Pearson (her mark)
Signed Sealed published pronounces and declared by the said Maryann Pearson hur last will and testament in the presenets of us who In Presents and in the presents of each other have here to subscribed our names
Mary Elliot (her M mark)
Perquimans CountyApril Court 1781
This may certify that the forgoing will was then and there proved in open Court, g’ Enoch Jesop the exor therein named was qualify agreable to law
By ?? Skinner (?) ??? Clk
Transcribers note: Mary Ann’s will was apparently written in her own hand. The spellings are as written in the will. Little to no punctuation was used in the original will. The Clerk of Court’s name is almost illegible but the surname looks like Skinner.
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)