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WILL OF THOMAS SPENCER 1781
Will Book A, Page 163, Caswell Co., North Carolina

 

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Spencer of the County of Caswell and province of North Carolina, being weak in body but of perfect since and memory, taking into consideration the shortness and uncertainty of this transitory life and that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave all; and so for my Body recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly goods wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me with in this life, I give, Devise and dispose of the same in a manner and form following: that is to say,

Item, I give and Bequeath to my well beloved son John Spencer Two hundred acres of land to be of the corner of the Tract of Land whereon I live that joynes Rowland Hughes, not touching my Plantation or Mill.

Item, I also give and Bequeath to my well beloved daughter Frankey Spencer my bay mair name Foly, (but the colt that she is now with fold with to be left on the plantation being excepted to dispose of otherwise), one feather bed and furniture, one cow and one black walnut chest and one side saddle.

Item, I give and Bequeath to my well beloved daughter Betty Spencer one year old mare colt that came out of my bay mare called Foly, one womans saddle, one feather bed and furniture, one cow and one black walnut chest.

Item, I give and Bequeath to my well beloved daughter Bobby Pinnix one roan mare and one cow that she already has in possession and one womans saddle that she has not yet received.

Item, I also bequeath to my well beloved daughter Mary Spencer one bay horse (colt that came out of my Wifes mare) one womans saddle, one feather bed and furniture, one cow and one black walnut chest.

Item, I also Bequeath to my well beloved daughter Susana Spencer one bay horse colt, that is called hers, one womans saddle, one feather bed and furniture, one cow and also one black walnut Chest. I also leave my Still to be sold to the highest bidder and the money to be equally divided between my three sons (to wit, Benjamin Spencer, John Spencer and Thomas Spencer) all and singular the rest of my Estate be it what kind or quality soever I leave to my well beloved wife, Elizabeth Spencer during her natural life or widowhood (exception my Stallion and Bay Horse called the Braken horse which is to be sold to pay my debts) and at her death or inter marriage all is to return to my son, Thomas Spencer.

Lastly I so appoint my well beloved wife, Elizabeth Spencer and my two sons, Benjamin Spencer and John Spencer whole and sole Executors of this my last will and Testament revoking and disannulling all and every other Will or Wills by me here-before made, publishing and declaring this to by my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this eleventh day of July in the year of our Lord Christ One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-one.

Signed sealed published and declared

In presence of
 

Arthur Lovine Thomas Spencer (Seal)
John Henslee (Jurat)  
William Mitchell  
   
September Court 1781

The Execution of this Will was duly proved in open court by the oath of John Henslee one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded
   

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