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 Will of John Thompson - March 18, 1774

   In the name of God Amen! I John Thompson of Rowan County in the province of
North Carolina being weak of body but of sound mind and memory, Thanks be given
to God, therefore calling to mind the Mortality of the Body; and that it is
appointed for all men once to die: Do make and ordain this my last Will and
Testament.
   That is to say, principally and first of all I give and bequeath my Soul to
Almighty God who gave it, nothing doubting but I shall receive the same again
reunited with my Body at the general Resurrection by the mighty power of God,
and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and
decent manner at the Discretion of my Executors in sure Expectation of the
above mentioned. And as touching such worldly Goods as it hath pleased God to
bless me in this life, I give, devise & dispose of the same in the following
manner and form.
   First, I allow my lawful Debts and funeral charges to be paid out of my
moveable Estate.
   Secondly, I give and bequeath unto Martha my dearly beloved Wife, her bed
and bed clothes, all her wearing apparel, her Spinning Wheel & Check Reel and
one black Cow, these things to be solely at her own Disposal; and also one
Horse to be purchased for her about fourteen Pounds price together with her
saddle, one brindled cow, one little oak chest, one iron Pot & an iron Skillet,
these Things to be at her command for her use and Benefit during the term of her
natural life and then to be sold and the money thence arising be equally
divided amongst my surviving Children
   Thirdly: I give and bequeath my well beloved Son Alexander Thompson one half
the Plantation whereon I now dwell, to be laid off on the North East of said
Plantation including the House, Mill and other Improvements thereon and it is
my Will that my said son Alexander give and allow my Wife Martha a comfortable
maintenance on his said part of the Plantation during the time of her
Widowhood;
   Fourthly: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Thomas Thompson the
other half of the Plantation whereon I now dwell, to be laid off on the South
End, which Plantation being so divided I give and bequeath to my said two Sons
and their heirs and assigns forever.
   Fifthly: I give and bequeath unto my eldest Son William Thompson the Sum of
fifteen pounds Pennsylvania money.
   Sixthly: I give and bequeath unto my second Son John Thompson the like Sum
of fifteen pounds Pennsylvania money.
   Seventhly: I give and bequeath unto my third son Joseph Thompson the Sum of
one shilling sterling.
   Eigthly: I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Margaret Thompson the
sum of seven pounds of proclamation money.
   Ninethly: I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Rachel McGauchey the
sum of fifteen Pounds proc. money.
   Tenthly: I give and bequeath unto my step-daughter Agnes Allison two
yearling heifers.
   Eleventhly: I give and bequeath unto my children who may be in the Province
at the Time of my death all my books to be distributed among them equitably by
my Executors; and also the Waggon (sic) and Gears together with all and
singular my plantation utensils & Carpenter’s Tools, Household Furniture and
other moveable Estate, not already mentioned I allow to be valued by two or
three honest and upstanding Neighbors to be nominated for that purpose by my
Executors, and then divided equally between such of my said Children as are or
may be in Carolina at the time of my death, or at the time of such Division,
according to such valuation as appropriate.
   Lastly, I hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my dearly beloved Son
Alexander Thompson and my trusty Friend and son-in-law John Brown sole
executors of this last will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow &
revoke all former Wills, Testaments, Legacies, Bequests and Executors,
confirming this and no other to be my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof
I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 18th day of March in the year of our
Lord Christ 1774.

John Thompson

   Signed, sealed, published and approved by the said John Thompson as his Last
Will and Testament in witness of such have hereunto subscribed our names as
witnesses:
David McNeely
Hugh Allison
John Braley
(Rowan County NC Wills, Book A-B, pp 177-178)


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 Will of John Pease - March 3, 1674

Dukes Deeds, Book I, page 340
March the 4th. 1674. The last will and testament of me, John Peas, husbandman
and inhabitant uppon Martins Vineyard in the Town called Edgartown. I John
Pease having upon good consideration and being now in some measure of good
health and perfect understanding and memory though I am striken in years and
Crasy in respect of what formerly; I having two wives one formerly deceased and
by her have yet but two sons surviving, James Peas, & John Peas and these two
sonnes James the Elder, God has been pleased to bless him in his labours &
indeavours and I have been helpfull to him so that he is verry well to pass in
his Estate farre beyond myself : I do therefore in this my last will and
testament give to my Eldest Son James Peas twelve pence; My second son John
Peas I have alreddy given unto and do hereby give unto him all that was given
unto me at Mohegin, with that frame of a house I set up uppon some part of that
land; I say I give it unto my son John Peas & his heirs forever: I have by my
now living wife Mary Peas, four sonnes & four Daughters, my Sonnes Thomas Peas
Jonathan, Samuell, and David and my Daughters Abygaill Peas, Mary, Rebecca, and
Sarah Peas unto these my four Sonnes and four Daughters I doe give all my
landes and houseing that I have upon this Iland Martins Vineyard to be either
equally devided or valued or sold or exchanged and the price thereof Equally
devided to everyone of them alike and this to be performed at convenient age of
them: or as my now living wife Mary shall see meet whome I make my full and
whole Executrix to performe all this my last will and testament; and I give
unto Mary Peas my wife all my cattle of every sort with all my household goodes
whatsoever I have more or less for her use and comfort and helpfulness in
bringing up my children at her disposing for Ever.
In witness hereunto my hand and seal
John Peas.
Further I give and bequeath unto
my second son John Peas twelve pence.
Wee whose names are underwritten
are witnesses to this will and testament.
Thomas Birchard,
Kathrin Birchard,
Thomas Trappe
[As published in Charles Edward Banks,
THE HISTORY OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD,
(Edgartown, MA: Dukes Co. Hist. Society, 1966),
Vol. 2 Annals of Edgartown, pp. 102-03.]


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 Will of Stephen Terry - November 1, 1606

From The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman (1829-1912),
by Harrison Black (Boston, 2001), pages 483-84.
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN the first daie of November in the yere of our Lorde God
one Thowsande Sixe hundred and sixe and in the fourth yere of the Raigne of or
moste gracious Sovraigne Lord James by the grace of God kynge of England France
and Irelande defendr of the fayth etc. and of Scotlande the forteth I Stephen
Terry of the pishe of Longsutton in the dioce of Winton and countie of Southt
Yeomnan beinge sicke in my body but of good and pefecte remembrance praysed be
god, doe make and ordaine this my juste Testament and Last will in mann and
forme followinge That is to saie firste and principallie I give bequeath and
commend my Soule into the holye hircon' of the Almightie god my onely Creator
and maker, throughe whose blessed death passion and glorious Resurrection I
hope to have pfecte Remission and forgiveness of all my Synnes and to be
excepted and Receaved amongste the holy and electe people of God in the blessed
kyngdome of heaven and my body to be buryed in the earth from whence it came
Itm I give unto the Cathedrall Church of Winton vs Itm I give towards the
mainten'nce of my pische Churche of Longsutton aforesaid vjs viijd Itm I give
to be distributed amongste the poore people there at my dep'tinge Sixe bushells
of wheate Itm I give unto Stephen Terry theldest Sonne of John Terry my Sonne
thelder two ewes to be indifferentlye taken by my overseers hereunder also
named and by them deliv'ed to his father to his use wth in one moneth next aftr
my deceasse. Itm I give unto the wife of John Terry the younger my Sonne one
gold Rionge wth a Scale. ltm I give unto theldest sonne of my said sonne John
Terry the younger fortie shillings of Currante Englishe money the which sume of
fortye shillings shalbe paied unto the said John Terry the younger his father
to his use wthin one whole yere next aftr my deceasse, but the Ringe to be
deliv'ed to his wyfe wthin one moneth next aftr my deceasse. Itm I give unto
the wyfe of Jeames Terry my sonne one Gold Rynge which was my wyfes weddyinge
Ringe. Itm I give unto Jeames Terry the Sonne of my said Sonne Jeames which is
nowe dwellinge wth me the full sum of twentie pounds of good and Currante
Englishe money to be paied unto the same Jeames, when he shall accomplishe his
full age of twentie yeres by my Executor as is aforesaid. Itm I give unto Anne
Terry the eldest daughter of my Sonne Roger Terry deceassed fyve pounds of
currente Englishe money to be paid unto her when she shall accomplishe her full
age of Eightene yeres or at the daie of her mariage which of them shall first
happen. Itm I give unto Amy Terry sister of the said Anne, thre pounds sixe
shillings and eight pence of Lawfull Englishe money to be apied unto her when
she shall accomplishe her full age of eightene yeres or els at the daie of her
manage which of them shall firste happen as is aforesaid. Itm I give unto ev'ie
of my godchildren xijd a pece. All the Residue of all and singular my goods,
Leasses cattell and Chattel whatsoev' as well moveable as unmoveable, not
before gyven nor bequeathed, my debts Legacies, bequests and fun'all expencs
firste discharged and paied I give whollie and altogether unto Thomas Terry my
Sonne, which Thomas I make my full whole and sole Executor for thexecucon
hereof Also my will is thyat my Right trusty frends Jeames Wolridge of
Lincolnes Inne Gent, John Wolridge his brother and John Terry my Sonne shalbe
my overseers and to my better pformance of this my Laste will and they to have
for thiere paines takinge in that behalfe xxs a pece. In witness whereof I the
said Stephen Terry have sette my hand and seale in the pr'sence of those
wytnesses whose names are here under wrytten That is to saie John Terry, Jeames
Porter and John Eggar.
Stephen X Terry
Witnesses:
John Terry
Jeames Porter
John Eggar


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 Will of John Terry - April 25, 1625

From The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman (1829-1912),
by Harrison Black (Boston, 2001), pages 485-86.
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I John Terry of Stockton in the county of Wylte Clearke
beinge moved wth the consideration of my owne mortalitie not knowinge whether
it wyll please God to gyue me the like memory hereafter as now at this present
I haue by the goodnes and mercy of God Doe make and ordayne this my last wyll
and Testanent in mann' and forme followinge That is to say First I commend my
soul into the hands of Almightie God my Creatour and to Jesus Christ my
redeemer by whose merits I doe beleeue that I haue a free remission of all my
syns And my body I doe beleeue that Chirst wyll rayse againe at the
Resurrection of the Just and wyll make it like his glorious body And my wyll is
that it shalbe buryed in the Church Yard of Stockton as neere the parsonage
house as it may conveniently be Concerninge those goods that God hath blessed
mee wthall I do dispose of them as followeth Imprimus I gyue and bequeath to
John Terry my eldest sonne my signet Item to my sonne Samuell Terry twentie
shillings Item to my son Josiah Terry twenty shillings Item I gyue and bequeath
to my sonne Nathaniel Terry all my bookes exceptinge such of them as my wyfe
shall make choise of for her owne vse Item I gyue to my sonne Stephen Terry
twenty shillings Item I gyue to my brother James Terry of London Peutewrer fyue
pounds Item I gyue to my servant Philip Stephens ten shillings Itm I gyue to my
servant Edward Itery ten shillings Itm I gyue to my servant Jane Brasyer ten
shillings Itm I gyue to my servant Sarah Brasyer ten shillings Item I gyue and
bequeath vnto the Church Wardens and overseers of the poore of the parish of
Longe Sutton in the County of South where I was borne and to their successours
for euer to be bestowed and employed for the vse and benefit of the poore of
that parish one annuitie or yearly rent of twenty six shillings and eight pence
wch is due vnto mee out of a certayne tenement or house lyinge in Alton in the
said county of South nowe or lately in the tenure of Robert Hobs and Laurence
Mathew The evidences for the securitie of the whitch foresayd annuitie are in
the hands of my brother Thomas Terry of Longe Sutton aforesayd Item I gyue vnto
the poore of the parish of Stockton forty shillings to be distributed amonge
them accordinge to the discretion of my Executor and that to be vpon the
eveninge before my funerall Item I gyue and bequeath to the church-wardens of
Stockton where I now dwell and to their successours these debts followinge and
due vnto me from these men followinge That is to say twenty nobles due vnto mee
from Jerom Goffe of Stockton for certayne tythes wch are as yet vnpayd And
three pounds due vnto mee from John Gardener of Stockton for an old debt of his
fathers wch he is bound to paye by byll of his owne And one noble more in mony
to be deliu'ed by my Executour togeather wth the bylls of the forsayd Goffe and
Gardiner into the hands of the churchwardens of Stockton aforesayd to be
imployed by the sayd churchwardens togeather wth the supervision and direction
of the cheif of the parish of Stockton for the vse and benefit of the parish
Clerke of the sayd Stockton for euer for an encouragement and tye vnto him to
teach the youth and the children of the sayd parish of Stockton the points of
Catechisme and grounds of religion published and established by Authoritie in
this Kingdome on Sundayes and Holy Dayes between morninge and eveninge prayer
when and as often as the sayd youth and children shall for that purpose be sent
to the Church vnto him Item I gyue to my brother in law John Whyte Rector of
Dorchester my two gownds and to my brother in law Stephen Whyte of Stanton in
the county of Oxford Gentleman my best cloake wth two (John and Stephen Whyte)
I doe by these presente make and constitute the overseers of this my last will
and testament All the rest of my goods chattels and creditte whatsoeu' of what
kind or nature so euer they be or whatsoeuer I gyue and bequeath vnto my
loveing wife Mary whome I do heerby appoint make and constitute sole EXECUTRIX
of this my last wyil and tstament In witness whereof I set to my hand and seale
the fyue and twentieth day of Aprill in the yeare of our Lord 1625.
John Terry
Witnesses:
John Lee Rector of Wilie hujus scriptor
Christopher Potticary


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 Will of Stephen Terry - September 19, 1668

From The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman (1829-1912),
by Harrison Black (Boston, 2001), page 489.
September 19th 1668. I Stephen Terry of Hadley being sensible of my own frailty
and mortality, and not knowing how speedily God may be pleased to cut off the
thread of my life; do by this writing declare my Will in respect of my estate
how it should be disposed of after my death. I give unto my dear and beloved
wife my house and barn and orchard and all my lands in Hadley while she lives,
and all the Household stuffs. And after her death my Will is, and I do give
unto my son in law Richard Goodman my dwelling house and barns and orchard and
three pieces of meadow lying on ye south side of ye great meadow; my Will is
and I do give unto my son in law, Phillip Russel my plowing lot in ye great
meadow, which lies at ye south end in ye great meadow, and my lot in ye plain.
My will is and I do give to my son in law Joseph Kellog my meadow lot at
Hockanum and my lot in ye upland joining to Hockanum, also, to make up his
wifes portion, I give him my yoke of Oxen and Cart and Wheels and plough share
and coulter and a chain. What else of my estate is not expressed, I leave with
my wife. In writing this is my Will and thereunto I set my hand ye day and year
above written.
Stephen Terry
Witnesses:
Henry Clarke
Andrew Bacon


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 Will of Jennie Lawson - March 20, 1828

Record of Returns 1820-1853, Wilkinson Co., GA, page 285
(Transcribed from page image by S. M. Lawson)
   In the name of God ame Knowing all mankind have once to die I in sound mind
but low in health I first recommend my soul to God who gave it my body to be
buried decently at the discretion of my friends as to my worldly goods first I
first I give to Son John Lawson one bed and the furniture thereon belonging &
one gray horse ten years old and also five head of cattle & also my household
& Kitchen furniture and my two Lots of Land that I own in Lee County I desire
to be sold and the money equally divided between all my Children to Wit John
Lasson Devenport Lawson Thomas Lawson Amos Lawson I further make & ordain my
Son John Lawson the hole Executor to this my last will and testmant In witness
wherof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the 20th March 1828
Test  John Hardie                           her
      David Burke Jennie X Lawson
            his mark
      Wiley  X  Williams
            mark
Georgia
Wilkinson County Personally appeared in open Court John Hardy Wiley Williams
& David Burke and deposeth and saith on their oath that they saw Jinny Lawson
assign her name to the above will by making her mark and that they do believe
that she was with a sound mind & memory sufficient to aishore of her worldly
effects or property. Sworn to this 7 July 1828
John Hardie
James Neal his
Solomon B Markley Wiley X Williams
John J Simmons mark
Richard A Lewis David Burke

Georgia Wilkinson
County Personally appeared in Open Court John Lawson Who being
the mother appointed Executor to the within will will<sic> and he made oathe
according to the Laws made in such Cases for this State July 7th 1828
James Neal
John Hardy
Richard Lewis
John J. Simmons
Solomon B [unclear]


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