WILL OF WILLIAM JACKSON
In the name of God, Amen. This twenty ninth day of July, one thousand, seven hundred and seventy five, I, WILLIAM JACKSON of Martin County, in the province of North Carolina, being weak of body and calling to mind the mortality of the same and knowing that it is appointed for all to die, though at present in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, I do make, ordain, constitute and appoint this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, first and finally, I command my soul to almighty God who gave it to me, hoping to be saved through the holy merits and mediation of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and my body, I commit to the earth from whence it is taken to be buried in a Christian and decent manner by my executor, hereafter named. Not doubting, but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the might of God and as touching those worldly goods and estate, wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath it and dispose of them in the following manner and form.
I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be discharged in a convenient time after my passage, by my executor.
Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter, ANN STORY, five shillings, sterling money to her heirs.
Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved son, EDWARD JACKSON, one feather bed and furniture to him or his heirs.
Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter, ELIZABETH EDWARDS, five shillings, sterling money.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughter, MARYAN WATSON, five shillings, sterling money.
Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter, PHEREBY PHILPOTT, five shillings, sterling money.
Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter, SARAH ANN STATON, five shillings, sterling money.
Item: I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife, my Negro winch, VIOLET, during her life and widowhood, likewise I give one feather bed and furniture to my wife, MARY JACKSON.
Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved son, BILLA WILLIAMS JACKSON, all the rest of my estate within and without all that is my property, at my demise, to him and his heirs forever.
I make and ordain, constitute and appoint my dearly beloved wife, MARY JACKSON, NATHAN MAYO AND JOHN LEWELLING to be joint executors of this my last will and testament. I do hereby revoke and disavow all former and other wills by me hereafter made of my hand or found. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament whereof I have set my hand and seal this day and year first above written, signed, sealed and delivered to be the last will and testament of WILLIAM JACKSON in the presence of us.
William Lewelling His
Henry Clark WILLIAM X JACKSON
Transcribed by David Jackson, Burlington, NC.
Recorded in Martin Co., NC Will Book No. 1, Page 96.
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