Perquimans Co, NC
Know all men by these presents that I Silas Draper of the county and presence aforesaid do make and ordain these presents for the disposal of such worthy estate, wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life. To contain my last will and testament in the following manner and form Viz:
1st–I will that all my just debts should be paid out of my estate in due time after my departure.
2nd–I give my son Joseph Draper and son Samuel Draper all my land lying upon the North side of the swamp to be equally divided between them when they come to the age of twenty-one years to them and their heirs forever.
3rd–I give to my son Chalkley Draper and son Jesse Draper all my land upon the South side of the swamp. The East end of it to Chalkley Draper to be equally divided between them according to the value when they come to the age of twenty-one years to them and their heirs forever.
4th–I give all the remaining part of my estate to my beloved wife Mary Draper during her widowhood and after that to be equally divided between my three other sons land, David Draper, Daniel Draper and Benjamin Draper to them and their heirs forever.
Lastly–I make, constitute and appoint my friends first my wife Mary Draper, Joseph Draper, senior, and Martin Willard executors to this my last will and testament and I hereby confirm this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of the ninth month, one thousand seven hundred and ninty-one.
Silas Draper (seal)
Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by the said Silas Draper to be his last will and testament in the presence of
Rachel Hasket (her mark), and
Joseph Draper, Sr. (his mark).
Perquimans County, Hereford 1794: February term.
The foregoing will of Silas Draper dec and was proven in open court by the app. of Daniel Willard an evidence thereto at the same time. Appeared Joseph Draper and Martin Willard and qualified as each agreeable to law.
Test. M. Haweglele. Recorded the ___ of August 1795. Test. M. Haweglele.
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