WILLIAM CHARLES (1771)

Will of

William Charles

2 November 1770

North Carolina}

Perqu. County}            

Be it known to all men by these presents that I William Charles of the place afsd. being sick & weak of body but of perfect sence and sound disposing memory. Therefore calleing to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed once for men to die do make and ordain these presents to contain my last will & Testament in the following manner & form that is to say–

Item   I give to my loving wife the use of the whole land plantation & improvements that I now dwell on for the term of fifteen years and from the end of that time one third of the afsd. land plantation & improvements during her natural life to her and her disposal.–

Item   I give to my two sons William Charles & Joshua Charles all the land & improvements that I now dwell on to be equally divided betwixt  them  and their heirs for ever but if either of the sd. Wm. or Joshua should die under age the other to have the whole land & improvements.–

Item   I give to my brother in law John Henby thirty two acres of land lying between the gum swamps (now in hands of Foster Tomes ) to him and his heirs for ever–

Item   I give to my son Aaron Charles the uper half of all my land between the gum swamp (that I had of Jno. Pinner & that in the hands of Foster Tomes) to him and his heirs for ever–

Item   I give to my son John Charles the other lower half of my land between the gum swamp (that I had of Jno. Pinner & that in the hands of Foster Tomes) to him and his heirs for ever.–

Item   I give to my daughter Margaret Charles one feather bed and furniture to her and her disposal when arived to age or marriage–

Item   I give to my daughter Anne Charles one feather bed and furniture to her and her disposal when arived to age or marriage–

Item   I give to my loving wife all the residue and remaining part of my estate that is not already given away to her and her disposal for ever–

Further more I nominate constitute and appoint my loving wife Jane Charles Executrix and my father in law Aaron Albertson Executor of this my last will and Testament and I do hereby revoke and disanulall and every other wills and testaments and bequests and Executors by me in any wise before this time named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament–

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this second day of November in the year 1770–

 William  Charles     (his X mark)

Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presents of

Benjn. Albertson

Wm Albertson                                           


proved in January Court 1771, Perquimans County


Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley

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


 

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