Will of
Moses PEARSON, 1763

Contributed by Joanne Harley, 18 March 2000


Will of Moses Pearson,  
In the Office of the Probate Court, Charleston,S.C.  
In Will Book 1760-1767, page 373, is recorded the following :

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN, THIS 10th day of July, year of our Lord 1762, I, MOSES PEARSON, 
of Craven County, and Province of South Carolina, Yeoman, being of perfect mind and memory, 
thanks be given unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing 
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 recommend my Soul unto 
the hands that gave it, and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a 
Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting but at the 
General Resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and 
as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to blesss me in this life, 
I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

INPRIMUS/  It is my will and I do order that in the first place all my just debts and 
funeral charges be paid and satisfied.

ITEM:  I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, Aaron Pearson, one shilling sterling.

ITEM: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, Moses Pearson, one shilling sterling.

ITEM: I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Ruth Askew, one shilling sterling.

ITEM:  I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Sarah Cherry, one shilling sterling.

ITEM;  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, Bradent Pearson, the plantation I now 
live upon, a hundred and fifty acres of land, being the half of the three hundred acres , 
to him and his heirs----a feather bed and furniture, a horse and a pacing mare and colt, 
a plow and a Negro fellow named Jupiter, and three cows and calves, one dish and three plates.

ITEM:  I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Comfort Pearson, one hundred and fifty 
acres of woodland called "Walnut Bluff", to her and her heirs; a feather bed and furniture, 
one dish and three plates and a mare and colt, a negro wench named Dinah.

ITEM:  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Pearson, two feather beds and furniture 
and some pewter and all my household goods and chattels to her and her heirs forever and it 
is my desire that she shall have the children's Legacy in her hands to raise the said chidren 
till they come of age.

ITEM:  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife all my hogs and horses and movables to her 
and her heirs forever.

ITEMS:  I likewise constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Sarah Pearson, my sole Executrix, 
and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other form testament 
will Legacies and executors by me in any ways before this time willed and bequeathed, 
ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND.
                                                       (signed)  MOSES PEARSON
WITNESSES;  WALTER FOLEY-------WILLIAM CHERRY---------JOHN FREEMAN,JR.
PROVED:  MAY 25,1763
    

Attended a Primitive Baptist church in Johnston Co., (later Wake Co.), just south of 
Raleigh,NC, called the Three Creeks Bapitist church, which was in the Kehukee Association.  
The Rev. Mr. John Moore,Jr. was the minister.  Some where nearby was "Moses Pearson's Branch".

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