ALEXANDER, JOSEPH SENR.

North Carolina
Tyrrell County
Original Will at N. C. Archives
March 27, 1796


In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Alexander Senr. of Tyrrell County in the Province of North Carolina, planter, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect and sound mind and memory thanks be to almighty God and calling to mind the uncertainty of death knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die desire to make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First and principally I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection at the last day I shall receive the same again passing there the merits of death and passion of my blessed saviour Jesus Christ to have all and free pardon of all my sins. And my body I leave to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned and as touching such worldly goods as it hath pleased the Almighty God to bestow upon me in this life I leave demise and bequeath in the manner and form following.

Imprimis - My will and desire is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be satisfied and paid.

Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved sons Joseph Alexander, Joshua Alexander, Enoch Alexander and Silvanus Alexander all my lands and swamps to be equally divide between them three years from this day and date to them and their heirs and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Sarah Norman one ewe and lamb one large new pewter dish one side saddle and one fifth part of her mother's cloathes to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Mary Bateman one pewter bason and one fifth part of her mother's cloathes.

Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved son Isaac Alexander the sum of ten pounds currency of this state to be paid to him at the day of the division to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Jamima Norman one bed and furniture that she now has in her possession and forty shillings current money of this state to be paid at the day of the division and one fifth part of her mother's cloaths to her and heirs forever.

Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved son Henry Alexander the sum of ten pounds current money of this state to be paid to him at the day of the division to him and his heirs forever.

Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Martha Alexander the remaining part of her mother's cloaths to her and her heirs forever - Their mother's cloaths to be divided in October next. Item - I give will and bequeath to my beloved children the remaining part of my estate that is to say to Joseph Alexander, Martha Alexander, Joshua Alexander, Enoch Alexander and Silvanus Alexander to be equally divided between them three years from this day and date to them their heirs and assigns forever.

Lastly - I nominat constitute and appoint my beloved sons Henry Alexander and Joseph Alexander my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of March One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six.

Joseph (his mark) Alexander

Published and pronounced by the said
Joseph Alexander as his last will
and testament in presence of

Joseph (his mark) Jennett
J. Phelps
A. Phelps


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Charles W. Barnes