Original Will at N. C. Archives
September 19, 1796
In the name of God Amen. I Joshua Alexander of Tyrrell County in the Province of North Carolina, planter, being in reasonable good health and of sound mind and memory thanks be given to almighty God but calling to mind the uncertainty of death and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die desire to make and ordain 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 to receive the same again by the mighty power of God hoping this the merrits death and passion of my blessed saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon of all my sins and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned and as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me in this life I give bestow dispose and demise 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 well beloved wife Elisabeth Alexander one negro woman by the name of Jenna one negro girl by the name of Darchis one feather bed and furniture one large chest to her and her heirs forever, also I lend the use of my manner plantation to my loving wife Elisabeth Alexander during her natural life or widowhood.
Item - I give and bequeath to the heirs of my dear and loving daughters body Ann Jennett deceased one cow calf to him and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Benjamin Alexander all my Back or Body land to him and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Isaac Alexander my manner plantation after the death or marriage of my loving wife Elisabeth Alexander to him or his heirs or assigns forever.
Item - My will and desire is that all my estate that is not before given to be sold by my executors and the money equally divided amongst my dear and loving children that is to say Polly Alexander, Martha Alexander, Benjamin Alexander, Sarah Alexander, Betsy Alexander, Prissila Alexander and Isaac Alexander to them and their heirs forever.
Lastly - I nominate constitute and appoint Joseph Phelps Esq., Asa Phelps and my beloved wife Elisabeth Alexander my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me heretofore made alowing this only to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the nineteenth day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Ninety Six.
Published and pronounced by the
said Joshua Alexander as his last
will and testament in presence of
Esther (her mark) Phelps
Ann (her mark) Tarkenton
The Last Will & Testament of Joshua Alexander deceased - Oct Term 1796 on back of will page.
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