In the name of God, Amen, I BENJAMEN MERRITT of Nash County in North Carolina being sick and weak of body yet of perfect sense and memory thanks be to God and on consideration that life and sense is uncertain do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament viz:
I give and recommend my soul into that of God that gave it an my body. I recommend to the earth at the discretion of my executors as to my worldly estate.
I give, devise, bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner viz:
Item: I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM MERRITT, one hundred and forty acres of land lying on the south side of swift creek beginning at a tall point on the creek, then up the new road at the corner of the fence then direct course to the road crosses Garles Branch then up Garles Branch to the head line then down my line to the creek.
Item: I give to my son HENRY MERRITT a tract beginning two hundred yards below the corner pinon William Merritt line then direct course to the out line also hundred and ten acres lying in the fork of Beach Run and the Redy Fork.
Item: I give to my son BENJAMIN MERRITT the remainder of my land and plantation which I have not already willed away.
Item: I lend the use of my son BENJAMIN MERRITT Plantation to my wife during her life also I give to my wife the lady mares and colt and one bed and furniture and four cows and calfs and ten head of hogs and the crop of corn and the pets and peeler and all the wheats and cards and loom. I leave the remainder of my estate to be sold and to be equally divided between my two daughters.
Lastly I appoint my wife SARAH MERRITT executor and my son WILLIAM and RICHARD MANNEN executors of my last will and testament.
Signed, sealed and delivered as my last will and testament
January Court 1779
The above will was in open court duly proved by the oaths of LEWIS DORCH, and ISAAC NEWSOME, subscribing witnesses and the executor therein named qualified according to law. Attest Wm. Hall, C.C.
#3, Page 3
Nash County, North Carolina
Record of Wills, Book 1
1776-1872, LDS #788303
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