SIMON STALLINGS (1788 Will)

Will of

Simon Stallings

written 20 Jan. 1776; probated October Court, 1788,

Perquimans County

North Carolina}

In the name of God amen I Simon Stallings of the County of Perqmns, in the province of North Carolina, being at this time in perfect sence and sound memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and being Desirous of setling and Disposing of my temporal Estate which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me Do make publish and Declare this present writing to be my Last Will and Testament which is in manner following–

Imprimis I will order and appoint that all my funeral Charges and Expenses together with my just Debts to be paid by my Executors here after named and that the same be Deducted out of my Estate which I shall leave behind me at my decease–

Item I give Devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Ruth Bagley five shillings and every other article that I have before given her to continue to her and her heirs for Ever–

Item I give Devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Riddick five shillings and every other article that I have before given her to continue to her and her heirs for Ever–

Item  I give Devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary King five shillings and every other article that I have before given her to continue to her and her heirs for Ever–

Item I give Devise and bequeath unto my son Simon Stallings five shillings and every other article that I have before given him to continue to him and his heirs for Ever–

Item  I give Devise and bequeath unto Son Seth Stallings five shillings to him and his heirs and every other article that I have before given him to continue to him and his heirs for Ever–

Item  I give devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Stallings one feather bed and furniture two cows and calves & one iron pot & one linen wheel to her and her heirs for Ever–

Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Christian Lilly one feather bed and furniture two cows and calves & one iron pot & linen wheel to her and her heirs for Ever–

Item  I leave unto my Loving wife Mary Stallings the use of my home Plantation and all the land there unto belonging and also the use of every Indevi??? of my Personal Estate During her widowhood Excepting one gunn given to my Son Daniel Stallings and if in case my said wife shall marry or dye all that part that I have given the use of it is my will and Desire that it be equally devided between her and all my Children

Item  I give and Devise and bequeath unto my Son Daniel Stallings the same Plantation and all other Lands that I hold and one half of the Benefit ariseing by the Apple Orched to him and his heirs for Ever and lastly I do hereby nominate and appointe my wife Mary Stallings & Joseph Riddick & Simon Stallings my soul Exeutrix and Executors of this my last will and testament Desireing them to see the same fully Executed and Performed in witness where of I the said Simon Stallings the testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twentieth Day of January in the year of our lord one thousand and seven hundred and seventy six–  

Simon Stallings     Seal

Signed Sealed Published and Declared to be the     }

last Will and testament  of the Testator in the  Presents of    }

Robert Riddick Snr   Jurat

Christian Riddick     her X  mark

 


Perquimans County  } 

October Court at Hertford NC 1788

This may certify that the within will was duly proved in open court by the oath of Robert Riddick  Snr an Evidence thereto, at the same time Joseph Riddick one of the Extrs therein named came

into court ??? as qualify’d agreeable to law.

Test J. Harvey

Recorded the 21st of October AD 1788

by J. Harvey CPT


Transcriber’s note:  Simon was the son of John Stallings, Jr. late of Nansemond County, Virginia and Perquimans County, North Carolina.


Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley

(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)


 

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