Wilson – Thomas Wilson (1785)
Thomas Wilson will–25 March 1785–Perquimans County, NC
Know all men by these presents that I, Thomas Wilson of North Carolina in Perquimans County being sick and weak of body but of a sound mind and disposing memory do make and ordain this to be my Last Will and testament in manner and form as followeth.
Item It is my will and mind that the land on the west side of the Great Branch joining my plantation be sold to discharge my debts and the land on the north side of the road being bounded by the lands of Thomas Draper and Duke Bogue and Jacob Cannon to be sold for the same use.
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Elizabeth Wilson the use of the plantation I now live on during her widowhood and if she marries again it is my will and mind she have it until my son Thomas Wilson comes to the age of eighteen years not making waste of the timber for no other use than plantation use.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel Wilson my land in Balahack to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Wilson half of the remaining part of my land with the manor plantation whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath the other half of my said land unto my son William Wilson to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Elizabeth Wilson and the child she is now big with all the remaining part of my estate wherever to be found after my just debts and funeral expenses be discharged as I have engaged several sets of chair hame to be made it is my will and mind that a man be hired to make the same and as I agreed to let Robert Davis have a riding chair I desire she may be finished according to bargain.
Item I nominate, constitute and appoint and ordain my loving wife Elizabeth Wilson Executrix and my esteemed friends Richard Goodwin and Reuben Wilson.
Lastly I disannul all former wills heretofore by me made and ratify and confirm this to be my last Will and Testament and no other
In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this 25th of the 3d month one thousand sevenhundred and eighty five.
Thomas Wilson Seal
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by me the said Thomas Wilson to be my last Will and Testament in the presence
of Jacob Cannon signature
Gabriel Newby affirm
I nominate, ordain and appoint my friend Caleb Trueblood in this room and instead of Richard Goodwin.
Caleb Trueblood qualified
Perquimans County April Court 1785 This may certify that the foregoing will was proved in Court and Caleb Trueblood appeared in Court and was qualified as an Executor agreeable to law.
Test T. Harvey C. Cl.
Recorded the 8th day of July 1785
Test T Harvey C. Cl
NOTES from Bob Stokley: Thomas Wilson was the son of Benjamin Wilson and Judith Dockton. His wife Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Newby and Elizabeth Sanders
Contributed and transcribed by Bob Stokley
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)