Ancestors of Debra Hughey Boswell Crosby
Notes for James VESTAL
Surry County, NC - Will of James Vestal-1793
Surry County NC
The seventeenth day of ye 4th Mo in ye year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three. I James Vestal senr of North Carolina in Surry County Yeoman being of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to the Lord, therefore calling unto mind ye mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my last will and testament & as touching such worldly estate as providence has blessed me with in this life I give devise & dispose of the same in the following manner & form----First of all my debts & funeral charges must be paid.
---Item I give to my son David Vestal ye improvement he now lives on with thirty acres of land at the west end of my plantation adjoining John Thomas Longinos line by him freely to be possessed and enjoyed without any molestation.
Item I give to my son Thomas Vestal the improvement he now lives on with eighty five acres of land at ye East end of my plantation adjoining Simon Hadleys line he paying my son James Vestal ten pounds in trade in five years from this date; likewise to pay to my son William Vestal my Daughter Sarah Whitehead my Daughter Elizabeth McDaniel my daughter Mary Chapman my daughter Rachel Bullock ye sum of ten shillings a peace as their full legacy paid by him.
Item I give to my son John Vestal a note of thirty five shillings that I have against him for his fair share.
Item I give to my son Jesse Vestal ye remainder part of my land where I now live containin about fifty acres with all the appertenances thereunto belonging by him freely to be possessed & enjoyed Except ye prividedge of ye house we live in & seven acres of cleared land with necessary wood & water I except & leave to my beloved wife during her widowhood & no longer likewise it is my will that my wife shall have one cow & two year old calves three sheep her horse & saddle, one chest & little box & pot & a sow & four pigs one mare colt for six years & then to give her up to my daughter Rebecca Vestal also a wheel & a reel during life also a bed & bed clothes during her widowhood then the bed & clothing to be given to my daughter Rebecca Vestal and further it is my will that above said son Jesse Vestal shall pay to my son Isaac Vestal one horse worth twenty pounds & a good new saddle when he arrives to twenty one years of age.
Item I give to my daughter Rebecca Vestal one feather bed & furniture a big pot with all the goods that is lodged in Elizabeth Dixons hand and two pewter dishes & a pewter bason with the aforesaid mare & bed. And further it is my will that my son Thomas Vestal shall have the care & tuition of my daughter Rebecca Vestal till she arrives to ye age of eighteen years & of her goods. Further it is my will and desire that all ye residue of my goods that is not willed away by me in this will and one half of my crop shall be sold at public vanue to defray expenses and if ther should be any over plus it is my will my son Thomas Vestal shall have it with my saddle. & further I leave my hachet to Ann Vestal my daughter-in-law: Likewise I constitute make & ordain my son Thomas Vestal & my trusty friend Thomas Hadley my only and sole Exers of this my last will and Testament. I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disanull all & every other former testaments wills and legacies bequests and Exers by me in any wise before this time nominated Willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal ye day & year above written.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced & declared by ye said James Vestal senr as his last will & Testament in the ye presents of us ye subscribers.............
Simon Hadley His
Barnesly Teague James X Vestal
Joseph Hinshaw Mark
And further it is my will that my son James Vestal shall have a cow next fall and as I had forgot to put it in ye forepart of my will I confirm it in ye latter part before that I signed an witness my hand & seal
James X Vestal
Barnesly Teague State of North Carolina Surry County May term A D 1793
Simon Hadley and Thomas Hinshaw tow of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of James vestal made affirmation that they saw said Vestal sign, publish and declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament that he was of sound disposing mind and memory and at the same time they saw Barnesly Teague sign the same as a witness thereto which was ordered to be recorded. Recorded accordingly by J. Williams
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