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Will of WILLIAM WILLIAMS, 1704
Albemarle Precinct, Probated Chowan County,North Carolina
Secretary of State, Original Wills

 
In the name lf god Amen th 9 day of December in the year of our Lord god 1704 I WILLIAM WILLAMS of the County of Arbermall in Chon (sic) gentleman being verry sik and wek in boddy but of perfet mind & memory thanks be given unto all myty god therfor calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is apinted for all men once to diy do mack and apint and order this my Last will and testament that is to say prenceply and first of all I give and recommend myy sole unto the hands of god that gave it and for my body I commend to the earth to be buried in a christen lick and desent maner at the discreson of my Exetors nothing but at the general Resurrexon I shal receive the sam again by the myty power of god and as tuching my worldly offers and estate wher with it has plesed god to bless me with in this life I give and devis and despos of the sam in maner and form folling
Inpromis. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wif MARY WILLIAMS whom I likewis constuet make and orden my only and sole Execterix of this my last will and testamant the just half of ths tract or parsell of land wheron I now live and the other half unto my well beloved son SAMUELL WILLIAMS all not reserein that my beloved wif shall have her choys and after her deses her parte to fall unto the for sed SAMMULL to him and his ears lawfully begot of his body and in cas he shuld diy befor he shall have esue the for sd lnd to return to the nexe eare in law...Item I give unto my wel beloved son JOHN WILLIAMS on hundred and seventy fife eckers of land and plantason liing on the south side of Blak water commonly known and called by the name of Litell town I give unto my belove son STEVEN WILLIAMS four hundred ecakers of land ginning upon my now plantason and bot of CHARLES COLEFORD.
I do give will and desire my well beloved wif being my holl exeteres to go theron with the charges of all my entries of land and have them sould and pation for the yous my well beloved wif and holy to her disposall I do give unto my three sons JOHN STEVEN and SAMMULL when at the eg of aighteen two cows and cafs possess and as for the 3 mars I wold have them rere for breeders and the first fold for my son JOHN and so for sold as thay ar folded to rere for the yus of the next eldest child and for my three sons I will that thay shall have two yous and lams possess at the eg of aitteen yers allso and to ech of my sons agen the eldest taking choys and to my son STEVEN on bak sord and to my son JOHN on resser and to eryon of my childdron I will on depe dish and plate possessd and to ech of my garls on fether bed and par of blankets and bolster and all the rest of my personall estat I lend to the disposall of myy hole and sole exetres and for all my lands which I have willed this is my will that it shall be given to them and ther ears lawfully begoten of ther one boddy and in cas thay shold dy befor thay have esou to return to the next ear at law and I do herby disalow revok and disnoll all and every other former testimment will legeses requests and exeters by me in any ways befor this tim nomnatd willed and bargained ratyfiing and conforming this and no other to be my last will in witnes whereof I have hereunto set my hand and sell this 9 day of December 1704
WILLIAM WILLIAMS

TREDELL KEEFE
LUIS WILLIAMS ("LW" his mark)
ROBERT LANIER


Chowan Ss
Aprill the 15h 1712
Proved in open Court
EDW'D BONWICK Clk



Note: This will contains a lot of poor spelling, but I have transcribed it as is. As info, the location in the opening phrase should have said: of the County of Albemarle in Chowan. Albemarle was the original precinct that became North Carolina, with Chowan precinct being formed from Albemarle around 1670.

Below I have transcribed the will with the proper spelling in order to help others to better understand it.

 

Will of WILLIAM WILLIAMS, 1704

In the name of God amen the 9 day of December in the year of our Lord God 1704 I WILLIAM WILLIAMS of the County of Albemarle in Chowan Gentleman being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind & memory thanks be given unto Almighty God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and appoint 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 of God that gave it and for my body I commend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God and as touching my worldly offers and estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following:
Impremis. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife MARY WILLIAMS who I likewise constitute make and ordain my only and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, the just half of this tract or parcel of land whereon I now live and the other half unto my well beloved son SAMUEL WILLIAMS all not reassuring that my beloved wife shall have her choice and after her decease her part to fall unto the foresaid SAMUEL to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body and in case he should die before he should have issue the fore said land to return to the next heir in law...Item. I give unto my well beloved son JOHN WILLIAMS one hundred and seventy five acres of land and plantation lying on the South side of Black Water commonly known and called by the name of Little Town. I give unto my beloved son STEVEN WILLIAMS four hundred acres of land ginning upon my now plantation and lots of CHARLES COLEFORD.
I do give, will and desire my well beloved wife being my whole Executrix to go thereon with the charges of all my entries of land and have them sold and partitioned for the use of my well beloved wife and wholly to her disposal. I do give unto my three sons JOHN, STEVEN and SAMUEL when at the age of eighteen, two cows and calves possess and as for the 3 mares I would have them raised for breeders and the first foal for my son JOHN and so possess as they are foaled to raise for the use of the next eldest child and for my three sons I will that they shall have two ewes and lambs possess at the age of eighteen years also and to each of my sons again the eldest taking choice and to my son STEVEN one black sword and to my son JOHN one razor and to everyone of my Children I will one deep dish and plate possess and to each of my girls one feather bed and pair of blankets and bolsters and all the rest of my personal estate I lend to the disposal of my whole and sole Executrix and for all my lands which I have willed this is my will that it shall be given to them and their heirs lawfully begotten of their own body and in case they should die before they have issue to return to the next heir at law and I do hereby disallow, revoke and disanull all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, requests and Executors by me in any ways before this time nominated, willed and bargained, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9 day of December 1704.

WILLIAM WILLIAMS

TREDELL KEEFE
LUIS WILLIAMS ("LW" his mark)
ROBERT LANIER

 

This was William Williams, father of Samuel Williams, died abt 1754, Edgecombe Co, NC. William Williams, d. 1712, was married to Mary Moore, daughter of George & Jennie Moore. George Moore, left a will in Isle of Wight, Virginia, probated January 24, 1714, which included the names of 2 of his grandsons, Samuel and John Williams.

 

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