Original Will at N. C. Archives
April 28, 1770
In the name of God Amen. Aprill ye 28th 1770. I Peter Barbree of Tyrrel County and Province of North Carolina, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind ye mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament and princably first of all that is to say I recommend my soul into ye hand of almighty God who gave it to me and my body I resign to ye earth to be buried at ye discretion of my executors to return into dust from whence it came nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive ye same with power and as touching of such worldly estate as God hath bin pleased to bless me with I give and dispose in ye manner and form as follows.
Item - I give to my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Barbree my gray mare and sadle. I like wise lend to my wife and small children during her widowhood all my stock of cattle and hogs and by my executors to be divided amongst my children as they should think proper.
Item - I give to my son Jesse Barbree one desk.
Item - I give to my son Peter Barbree one tract or parcel of land lying in ye islands of Coneto containing one hundred and seventeen acres of land and after his mothers death or widowhood I give to him my Grate Bible.
Item - I give to my dearly beloved daughter Mary Barbree one linning wheel.
Item - I give to my son James Barbree one hundred acres of land lying on east side of ye road taken up by Samuel Ganer.
Item - I give to my son Stansell Barbree my black smiths tools. Item - I give to my son John Barbree ye lower part of ye land whereon I now live and ye mannor plantation to my beloved son Isaac Barbree to be divided between them as my executors shall think proper. I like wise lend to the use of my children my still.
Item - I give to my beloved daughter Rhoda Barbree one cow and calf. Item - I give to my daughter Martha Barbree one cow and calf. Item - I give to my daughter Susannah Barbree one cow and calf. I like wise lend my beloved wife during her natural life or widowhood my negro man Kent and after that to be divided at ye discretion of my Exct between James Barbree, Stansell Barbree and John Barbree. I like wise leave all my household goods to be divided as my Exct shall think propper after ye death or widowhood of my wife. I like wise constitute and appoint Jesse Barbree and John Stansell as my executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this day and year above written.
Peter (his mark) Barbree
Signed sealed and delivered
in presents of us ye subscribers
Sarah (her mark) Stansell
Tyrel County ss.
In the term of November 1770 personally appeared John Stansell a subscribing witness here unto & made oath on the Holy Evanglist of almighty God that he saw and hard Peter Barbree sign seal publish pronounce & declair this writing to be and contain his last will and testament and further sayeth that at that time he was of sound disposing mind and memory and that he saw James Barbree sign.
F. Ward Clerk
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