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Transcribed by Donali Howell, 28 May 2001


                              WILL OF

                          RICHARD WOODBERRY

In the name of God Amen I Richard Woodberry of Brittons Neck being in

health and of a sound mind and memory and calling to mind the mortalitus

of the body do make & ordain this to be my last Will and Testament First

I give my Soul to God that gave it and my body to be buried at the dis-

cretion of my after named Executors and as touching my Worldly property

that God has blest me with I leave in the following manner and form First

Tis. my desire that all my lawful debts be paid I leave to my beloved wife

Elizabeth the use of this plantation where I now live with the use of five

negroes by name Baska James Charlotte John & Dorinder with the use of ale

my Household & Kitchen furniture Ten Cows & Calves One Yoke of Oxen One

Riding horse & Saddle during her Natural life then all the above legacies

to be equally divided between my heirs except John I leave to my son Richard

One tract of Land of 500 Acres where he now lives with on other Tract on

Little Peedee of 300 Acres Known by the name of the Ferry Tract together

with four negroes by Name Jack Easter Binah & Setirah  and all there Ishue

with an Equal Share of all my other lands not mentioned in this my Last I

leave to my daughter Elizabeth Norman One tract of land containing Five hun-

dred Acres where she now lives in full for her whole Share of all my lands

that I shall pofses at my death  with four negroes by name London Catherine

Sam & Ned for her use and to the heirs of her body lawfull begotten and born

and if she Should die without such heirs then the above property to be re-

turned and be equally divided between my surviving heirs I leave to  my daugh-

ter Margrette One tract of land called and was bought from Robertses with

tract of 500 Acres Pine land adjoining it with four negroes by name Lizette

Betty Randa & Harry with one feather Bed and furniture and a share of ale

the remainder of lands not mentioned in my last will  I leave to my son Wil-

liam One plantation Where he is now Settling consisting of Four Tracts of

land of about Six hundred acres Bought from the widowsNigal & Skinner and

one other tract on Big Peedee on Cibbles Creek containing 250 Acres more or

lefs with three negroes by names Powell Marian & Friday and a Share of all

my lands. not mentioned in this last I leave my daughter Francis this plan-

tation I now live on after her mothers death with 300 Acres of pine land ad-

joining on the West side with three negroes by name Ruth Rose and Asamand


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after her mothers death a Boy called John with one Feather Bed and furni-

ture and an equal share of all my lands not mentioned in this my last will

Again it is my will that all the remainder of land that I shall have at the
                                          any of
time of my death not mentioned as Legacy to/my heirs that they Shall be sold

by my Executors and the money arising therefrom such sale shall be equally

divided between my sons. Richard and William and daughters Margrette and Fran-

cis and I hereby empower my Executors hereafter mentioned to have power to

make lawfully titles to all such Lends It is my wile that all my personally

property Not yet named such as my stock of Horses Cows Sheep and hogs and

all my boats Canoes plantation tools Mills Carts plows and of all my moneys

Legnace this may be left to me be equally divided among my four children Rich-

ard William Margrette and Francis and it my will that if any of my children

Should die with lawfull ishue their Shares to return to my surviving heirs

Lastly I nominate constitute and leave my sons Richard & William with my

friend Richard Green Sr Executors to this my last will and testament made

this 19th of March One thousand Eight hundred and Eight and in the Thirty

second year of American Independence

Witnefs  Thomas G Britton                             Richard Woodberry

         Peter Jayroe

         Richard Green Sr

Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 244

Original Will Missing

Roll No. 812


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