In The Name of God Amen. This 27 day of November, 1774, I JAMES MORGAN of Edgecombe County and ELIZABETH PARISH being sick and weak of body but of sound and perfect sense and memory and calling to mind the mortality of the body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament and as for thwat it hath pleased God to Bless me with I give and dispose in manner following.
Imprimis: First of all my lawful debts and funeral charges be paid.
Item: I give and bequeath to my loving son JOHN MORGAN all that part of land beginning at the mouth of NORFLETS branch thence out to the back line and up to BENJAMIN TANNS line also one cow and calf to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my loving son JAMES MORGAN, all that part of land on East side of the deep bottom branch up to the bogg branch then up the bogg branch to the head thence a strait course to JOHN TAYLORS line also one cow and calf and on two years old heifer to hiim his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my loving son HENRY MORGAN cow and calf and one two year old heifer to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my loving son HARDY MORGAN, the remainder of my land with the plantation I now live on after his mothers death to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my loving wife ELISABETH all the remainder part of my estate to raise my children with and what remainder at her death I desire may be equally divided between my son STONE and BETTE CALLE (?) MORGAN, and I do hereby nominate and appoint my loving wife ELISABETH MORGAN my sole executrix of this my last will and testament utterly disallowing all others before by me made and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal in the day and date above written.
Signed , sealed, published and pronounced by JAMES MORGAN to be his last will and testament and C.W. MOORE, JOHN FINCH, MARY KEEF.
Nash County, North Carolina
Record of Wills Book, 1
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