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|MARY PORTER'S WILL (1717)
North Carolina, SS.
In The Name of God Amen, this 12th day of November, anoq Domi, 1717, I Mary Porter, of Chowan Precinct, in the County of Albemarie, in the Province of North Carolina, Widow, being of sound and Perfect Memory, doe make, Constitute and ordain, Declare and appoint this to be my last Will and Testiament, Revokeing and annuling by these Presents all former and other Will or Wills heretofore by me made, In manner and forme following, That is to say:
Imprimis, I recomend my Soul into the hands of almighty God, who gave it; and my body I comit to the earth to be decently Buried at the discretion of my Exors. herein After nominated and apointed.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Sonn, John Porter, my Negroe man Knowne by the Name of Sandy, half a dozen Rusia leather Chairs, my large oval Table, one midle Sized Pewter Dish, Two large Pewter basons. & a Shovel and tongs Tiped with brass.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Sonn, Edmund Porter, my Negroe man knowne by the name of Oliver, one large Plank Chest, one Silver Drinking cup with Two handles, half a dosen Silver Spoons, one large China bason already (?) in his possession, the large pair of Tongs and Shovel, one Bedstead one _________couch, the largest of the Small looking _______, the largest Cedar Table, half a dosen painted Chairs, and whole Stock (?) of hogs that I shall leave at my decease, After my Debts and legacies paid; and one pound of Iron Doggs, fifty pound weight of feathers; and all the mone due to me lyeing in the hands of Mr. Welstead and Oliver, Merchts, in Boston, he paying out of the sd. mony, within Six months After the receiving it, unto my beloved Daughter,Eliz: Porter, Six Silver Spoons, each weighing Ten Shillings, Sterling at least; and one Iron pott & pott hooks, and Twelve Soup Plates. But it is my Will and pleasure that if the Said Edmund Shall not be in this Government at my Deceased, that then, and in Such Case, all and every of the legacys here left to the Sd. Edmund, shal remain in the Exors. hands hereafter Named, until his arrival here, or until he shall impower any person After my Decease to take and receive the Same, and if it shall happen that ye Sd. Edmund, Shall never arrive here, nor impower any person as Aforsd. after my Deceased, then all and every of the legacys Afrsd. I give and bequeath unto my Sons, John Porter and Josua Porter, and to my Daughter Eliz: Porter, to be equaly Divided amongst them.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Wel beloved Son, Joshua Porter, a tract of Land lyeing in Yawpim, bounded by Mr. Clayton's & Mr. Clarks line, to him, the sd. Joshua, and his Heirs for ever; my Negroe woman knowne by the Name of Edy, one Ticken feather bed and bolster, and Two Pllows, one feather bed covered with Canvas and Bolster, and one Pillowe, three pillow case Suitable, two pair fine Sheets, Two pair Coarse Sheets, one Set of red watered Curtains and Wallons, one Spotted worsted Rugg, Red Rug, Two pair good Blankets, 1 Flowered Bed Coverlid, Bedsted hat Stoodint he Hall Chamber, Six Rusia leather Chairs, one one of the large lookeing glasses, and my largest and one midling Iron pott, the large Andirons, a large double brass Skillet and Trevit, one brass Candlestick, one pair brass Scales and weights, one pair of Stilliards, two Diaper towells, a pewter mustard pott, the Coarsest of brass ridles, my Dantrick locks Chests, a lime Sifter, a Case of Knives and forks, a Cross cut Sawe, a writeing Desk, four Pewter Porriners, one earthen Porringer, ten Powter Plates, 1 Iron pestle, 1Ash Table, 1large Soup Pewter dish, one large shall Dito, one midle Sized Dito,1 large and 1 Small Pewter bason, 2 Earthen bason, and 2PewterD_, one set of Wedges and Six wooden Chairs, 2 Joint Stooles to wooden turned Chairs, 2 Iron tramels butt (?) ladle, 1 Small brass Ketle, 1 pewter Chamber pott, ______ Mill and _____ Salt, 1 Iron Chafing dish, a pair _____ and all my reap _____ cloth brush afaroe and Currying _____ and the half of my Sheep and Cattle, and the half of a _____ now __ f ____ and the half of all my Crop now in the Ground, with a pottle pewter pot and a pint Pewter pott, one Glass Gallon Bottle, and one broad Axe; my Debts first to be deducted.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter; Sarah Lillington, my Negroe woman call'd Maria, 1 Chest of Drawers, six painted Chairs now in her possession, one pair of Iron fire doggs, one small Cedar table, 1 pair of fine Sheets, two pair Coarse Sheets, and two pillow cases, Two diaper towells, my largest Quilt, one lignum Vitae Spice Mortar, one large Soup dish, one midle Sized pewter dish, 1 Small pewter bason, 1 brass Skimer, 1 Small Iron ketle, the least of my painted Trunks, Two earthen bason, and plates, 1 English Flasket, 1 large glass bottle, 1Stone Jugg, 1 pewter Chamber pott, 1 bed pann, three of my other which she likes best, and the full third part of the Cotten and Wooll that shall belong tome at my decease.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Eliz. Porter, my Indian woman called Judith and her Daughter Named Sukey, 1 chest of Drawers, 1 oval Table, my best Set of red Curtains &Valent belonging to my lodging roome, 1 Ticken feather bed and bolster, four pillows, 1 bedstead belonging also to my lodging roome, three parfine Sheets, Two pair Coarse sheets, four pillow Cases, my Green Rugg made of worsted, 1 pair of the best rose blankets, the least of my Quilts, my Callico Counterpaine and Jester cloath, my Bible, my Spice box, 1 warmeing pann, 1 pair Chamber Doggs with brass, 1 Black Trunk and one painted Trunk, a large brass Keetle and Two Skimers, a Brass Shie(?) and Two Iron potts, one linked Tramel, a brass Flam, one Copper Chocolate pott, 1 white rugg, 1 Gridiron, four matter Chairs, my Silver Salt Marked I P M, and Silver peper box with the Same marke, one large pewter Soup dish, 1 Shall d_, two midling pewter dishes, 1 large and one Small pewter basons, 10 pewter plates, Six painted Chairs, five Snuff dish, my Smoothing Iron heaters and Frame, 1 Gallon Stone Jugg, 1 Glass Cruit, Two glass cups, one mustard pot, Two pewter Chamber potts, three earthen Bason, 1 large Dish D_ & Two plates, 1 Tin puding pann, 1 Spitt, 1 leaden pann, and 2 painted brushes, a brass Shovel and Tongs, 1large looking Glass, the best of the Bed panns, 1 pewter Salt, 1 Glass Decantor, 2 tin dish covers, 1 brass Ridle, a large turned Elbow chair, 1 Drippen pann, 1 Case of bottles, one half of my Sheep and Cattle that shall remain after my Debs and legacys paid and half of the ____ now on foot and half the Crop now in the ground, 12 diaper N ______ diaper Table Cloath, Two diaper Towells _____ and bequeath unto my Grandson _______ Porter, 1 Young Cowe ______, 1 Young Ewe, to run for his Benefit _______ Increase to be Delivered to him with the increase at his age of one and twenty or Day of Marriage which shall first happen & also my Silver tankard marked I P M, to be delivered at ye same time.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter, Sarah Porter, one young Cowe and one young Ewe at my decease, to run for her benefit, and also Six Silver Spoons Marked I P M, to be delivered to her with he encrease at the age of eighteen years or day of Marriage which Shall first happen.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter, Elizabeth Lilington one Young Cowe and one Young Ewe, and my Smallest looking Glass, to be delivered with the encrease at the age of eighteen Years or day of Marriage.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter, Mary Lilington, one young Cowe, and one Young Ewe, and my Silver Dram Cup. marked I P M , to be delivered to her with their encrease at the age of eighteen Years, or day of Marraige, which Shall first happen.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my grandaughter, Sarah Lilington, one Young Cowe and one young Ewe, to be delivered o her with their encrease at the age of eighteen Years or day of Marriage, which shall first happen.
Item, I give and bequeath unto Robert Herrick, if alive, and in this Government at my decease, the Sum of five pounds to be paid out of my Estate.
Item, all the rest and residue of my Estate not herein and hereby disposed of, Debts being thereon first Deducted, I give and bequeath unto my Sonn, Joshua Porter, and my Daughter, Elizebeth Porter, to be equaly Divided between them; and lastly, I doe hereby nominate ad appoint my Said Sonns, John Porter and Joshua, to be exors. Jointly and Seperatly of this my Said last Will and Testament; but it is my Will and pleasure, and I doe hereby nominate and apoint my Sonn, Edmund, upon his Arrival in this Government After my Decease Joint Exor. with his Two Brothers.
Signed, Sealer and Delivered
Chowan 88. Jany, ye 21st, 1717.
R. Hicks, Clk, Cur:
Copies from Original Will, filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
|JOHN PORTER'S WILL (1727)
In the Name of God, Amen. John Porter, of Cape Fair in North Carolina, at present being weak and ill of body, but of sound mind and memory, doe make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
Imps. I give and bequeath to my son, John Porter, my negro named Jack and my negro boy named Mars, to be delivered him when he shall attain to the age of Twenty one Years, or day of marriage.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Porter, my negro girl named Beck, to be delivered her when she shall attain to the age of Eightteen Years or day of marriage; also a likely young negro man, sound of wind and limb, to be procured out of that part of my Estate which is not Already mentioned, to be given & in like manner as aforesaid, to be delivered unto my Daughter by my Executrix hereafter mentioned.
Item, I further give and bequeath to my daughter all the increase that shall be hereafter born of my negro wench Nan.
I Give, Devise and Bequeath, to my Dear and Loving Wife, Sarah Porter, all the rest and residue of my Estate not before given, to say, all my lands to Dispose and do with as she shall see proper and convenient, and a Title thereof to make to any person or persons that shall buy or purchase any of my lands of and from my said wife, Also, all the rest of my Goods, Chattels, Rights and Properties, in whatever kind, either here or whereever to be found; and further, that all my lawfull Debts be paid, our of that part of my Estate so coming by this my Will to my loving Wife.
Item, My Will is that in case either of said children should die before they attain to the age above mentioned, or be possessed with the legacies before given hem, that then the survivor thereof shall have his other part of the legacy before given to him or her so Dying, and further my will is, that in case both of my sd. children should die before they attain to the age aforesd. or be possessed with the legacies herein given them, that then, & in such case, their parts or portions herein given shall come to my Loving Wife, Who I make my whole and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.
In Witness whereof, I have herewith Sett my hand and seal this Eleventh day of October, 1727.
John Porter. (Seal)
Signed, Sealed and delivered,
By the Honoble the Gov'r &e Mr. Seth Pilkington, Personally appeared before me & proved the above Will in due form of Law.
Given under my hand the 6th Day of Janry. 1728.
Copied from the Original Will, Filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.
|JOHN PORTER'S WILL (1751)
In The Name of God Amen. This Twentieth Day of November, In the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Seven Hundred & Fifty one.
I, John Porter, of the County of Hide, Being Sick and Weak of Body, but of Perfect Sence & Memory, Blessed be God for it, & Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die, Do make & Ordaine this my Last Will & Testament; & first & Principally I Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that Gave it; And as Touching sch Worldly Goods as it has pleased God to Bless me With in this Life, I Give & Dispose of the same in the Following Manner & form:
Imprim: I Give & Bequeath to my Son, Willm. Porter, one half the Land Whereon I now live, Including the Houses & Plantation, to him & his heirs for Ever; also, my Gun & Sword.
Item, I Give & Bequeath to my son, John Porter, the Other half of my Plantation above Mentioned to be Divided by Themselves.
Item, I Give to my Daughter, Patience Porter, My Negro Girl Nam'd Phillis, after my Wifes Deceased, to her & her Heirs for Ever.
Item, I leave to my Well Beloved Wife, Elisabeth Porter, all the Rest of my Estate, Both Real & Personal, During her Natural Life, for the Education & Bringing up of my Children, & after Her Decease to be Equally Divided amongst said Children, if there is any of my Said Estate Remains * * * *
Hereby appoint & ordain Thomas Smith & John Smith * * *
Confirming this & no other to my be my * * * *Last Will & Testament.
In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set My Hand & Seal the Day & Year above Written.
John Porter. (Seal)
Sign'd Seald & Pronounced to
HYDE COUNTY December Court, 1751.
The within Will was Exhibited into Court and proved by the Oaths of
the Subscribing Evidences, the within Thos.
Smith, was qualified Exr. persuant to Law.
Ordered that Mr. Secretary have Notice thereof.
Copied from the Original Will, filed int he Office of the Secretary of State.
|JOSHUA PORTER'S WILL
In The Name of God Amen. I, Joshua Porter, of Bath County, in ye Province of North Carolina, Esq. being of Sound & perfect mind & memory & Calling to mind ye Certainty of Death, & not knowing when it may Please ye Lord to call me out of this Life. Revoking & by these presents make Void all former & other wills by me heretofore made, do now make, Constitute and Ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament, in Manner & Form following:
Imprimis, I render my Soul to Allmighty God; & my Body I Commit to yet Earth to be Buried in a Decent Manner.
Item: I give ye Use & Occupation of all yt Tract of Land & Plantation whereon I now Live, lying on ye East Side of Derhams Creek in Bath County in ye Province afsd, Containing by Estimation four hundred & Seventy five acres, be ye Same more or less, it being ye Lands yt I bought of Mr. Thomas Harding, Deceasd., with all & Singular yet Houses & Appertinance thereunto belong, unto my Son, John Peyton Porter, & to yet heirs of his Body Lawfully begotten; & for default of Such Issue, I Give ye use & occupation of ye afsd. Land & Plantation unto my Daughter, Elizabeth Porter, & to ye heirs of her Body lawfully begotten; & for default of Such Issue, I give ye use & Occupation of ye afsd. Land & Plantation unto my cousin John Fry, & to his heirs of his Body lwfully begotten; & for default of Such Issue, I give ye use & Occupation of ye afsd. Land & Plantation, unto my Cousin, Anne Lillington, & to ye bears of her Body Lawfully begotten.
Item: i give unto my Daughter, Elizabeth Porter, One Thousand Acres of Land lyingon ye South Side of Deshams Creek, Joying on ye upper Side of Majr. Robert Turners Lands, & Commonly goes by ye Name of ye Sand Hills, to her & her heirs for Ever.
Item: I give ye Use & Service of three Slaves unto my Sd. Daughter Eliza. Porter, to yet heirs of her Body, Vizt: Patt, Jane & Simon, I allso give unto my Said Daughter yet first Slave Child yt shall be born in my family after my Decease; by by Will yt if my Said Daughter should Dye without Issue, yt then I give ye Use & Service of ye Sd. Slaves unto my Son John Payton Porter, & to ye heirs of his Body lawfully begotten.
Item, I give my Said Daughter, Elizabeth Porter, fifteen Cows & Calves, & ye Sum of One hundred & fifty Pound, Currant Money of this Province, to be paid her at ye Day of Marriage or when she arrives to ye age of Twenty One Years, which shall first happen.
Item, I give ye Use & Service of One third Part of my Personal Estate unto my beloved Wife, Dorothy Porter, for & dureing her Natural Life & after my Said Wifes Decease, it is my Will & pleasure yt ye afsd. third part of my Estate may be Equally Devided between my Son, John Payton Porter, & my Daughter, Elizabeth Porter, to them & their hers for Ever.
Item, I give ye Use & Service of all ye rest of my moveable Estate not herein before given, be it of what kind So Ever, as Negros, Musters, or Indians, & their Increase, unto my Son, John Peyton Porter, & to ye heirs of his Body Lawfully Begotten; & for Default of Such Issue, I give ye Use & Service of ye afsd. Moveable unto my Daughter, Eliza. Porter, & to ye heirs of her Body Lawfully begotten; & for default Such Issue, I give ye afs. Moveable Estate & Slaves unto my Cusin, John Fry, & to e heirs of his Body Lawfully begotten; & for default of such Issue I give ye afsd. Moveable Estate & Slaves unto my Cousin, Eliza. Fry, & to ye heirs of her body Lawfully begotten; & for Default of Such Issue I give ye afsd. Moveable Estate to my Cousin, Ann Lillington, & to ye heirs of her Body for Ever.
Item,I give unto my Loving friend Philip Cremer, Ten pound, to Buy him a Mourning Ring.
Item, It is my Will & Desire yt none of my Slaves be removed from my Said Plantation, but yt they be put Under a Carefull Overseer, & kept to work in Order to raise money to Discharge my Just Debts & Legacies, & it is my further Will & desire yt my Execs. hereafter named see yt my Son & Daughter may be Carefully learnt to read & write & to Cypher, & yt they may be duly Educated, & yt a Sufficient Sum of Money may be raised out of my Estate by me Exec.s in Order for my Said Son & Daughters Education as afsd.,
Item, I do nominate & appoint, t my Loving Brother Edmund Porter, & my two Brother in Law, Messrs. Patrock Maule & Seth Pilkington, & my Trusty & Loving friends, Colonel Edward Mosely & Capt. John Trippe. to be Joynt Executors of this my Last Will & Testement.
In Witness whereof, I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this Seventeenth Day of January,, One Thousand, Seven hundred & thirty three.
Joshua Porter. (Seal)
Signed, Sealed & Published in
No. Carolina, Sc.
Recorded in Will Book 3, page 329
|NICHOLAS PORTER'S WILL
In The Name of God Amen, the twenty forth day of Augost, in the yeare of our Lord Crist, one thousand, Seven hundred and forty nine. I Nicoless Porter, being Sick i body, but Good and perfect memory, thanks be to allmighty God, and calling to remembrance the uncertain estate of this Life, must yeald unto Death when it Shall please God to Call, Do make, Constitute, ordain and Declare this my Last will and testament, in maner and for me folowing; revokng and annullng by these presents all testements and wills here to fore mentioned, or declared by word, or by writing, and this only is to be taken for my Last will and testement: I do order, give and Dispose of my Estate in maner and for me following, that s to Say, furst, I will that all those Debts and Dewes that in Right or Conscience to any person whatsoever, Shall be well and truly Contented and paid, or ordered to be paid, by my Executors in Convenient time after my Deceas.
Item, I Give and bequeath, In witness, my maner plantation with one hundred acors of Land belonging to it, laid out at the uper End of the Sd. tract that the plantation is on, to my to my beloved Daughter, Jeane Porter.
I Give and bequeth one hundred and forty fore acors of the Same Tract, Joyning to Jeans, to be Laid out a Cross the Sd. Land, to my beloved Daughter, Elizabeth Porter.
I give and bequeath one hundred and forthy three acors of the same tract, to be laid out a Cross the Sd. Land Joyning to Elizabeths, to my beloved Daughter, Anne Porter.
I Give and bequeeth one hundred and forty three acors of the Same tract, being the Lower End of the Sd. Land, to my beloved Daughter, Agness Porter.
Also, I give and bequeeth my polecat Land to my beloved Son, Samuell Porter, it being in two patens.
I give and bequeth my negrow felow toney to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Porter. I Give and bequeth all my Stock of Catle, and horses and mairs, to be Equaly devided betwen my wife and all my Children.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and Seal.
NICHOLAS PORTER. (Seal)
In witness, I do opint my be"
test. NEEDHAM BRYAN
JOHNSTON COUNTY. SST. Sept. Court. 1749
Then the within Last Will & Testament was proved in Open Court by the Oaths of the within Needham Bryan and Mary Dees; & likewise the Executrix and Exor. appeared & were Qualifyed Agreeable to Law. Ordered that the Secretary have notice thereof that Letters Testamentory issue, &c.
Test. RICHD. CASWELL, Cl. Cu.
Copied from Original Will, filed in the Office of the Secretary of
|JOHN PEYTON PORTER'S WILL
In The Name of God Amen. I, John porter, Of Beaufort Co. & Province of No. Carolina, Gent, being of Sound & Perfect Mind, memory & judgement, & calling to mind the certainty of Death and my Infirmity of body, do by these presents, revoke and make Void all former Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made or Executed, & do by these Presents make, constitute & ordain, this my Last Will and Testament in Manner & Form Following:
Imprimis, I render my Soul to Almighty God; My body to the Earth to e decently Interr'd.
Item 1: I will & bequeath unto my well beloved Wife, Elizabeth Porter, one half of my Plantation Situated on the East Side of Durham's Creek, Commonly Called the Garrison, containing 644 acres, be the same more or less with all and Singular, its rights, Priveleges, & appurtenances for & during, the term of her natural lifetime; and it is my Will and pleasure, that after her decease, the said one half descend to my eldest Daughter, Mary Porter, & her Lawfull Issue; & on failure thereof, to my younger Daughter, Sarah Porter, & her Lawful Issue; & on failure thereof to my Sister, Sarah Richardson, & her Lawfull Issue,to posess & enjoy the same for ever.
Item 2: I Will and bequeath to my eldest Daughter, Mary Porter, the other half of my Plantation aforsd. on the East side of Durhams Creek, Commonly called the Garrison, & to her lawfull Issue forever; & on failure thereof, to my Daughter, Sarah Porter, & her Lawfull Issue, & on failure thereof to my sister, Sarah Richardson, & her Lawfull Issue for ever.
Item 3: I Will and Bequeath to my Daughter, Sarah Porter, (all my plantation on the East side of Durhams Creek, commonly call'd Hardings Plantation, be the same more or less, and now adjoyning my Plantation called the Garrison), and to her Lawfull Issue forever; & on failure thereof, to my Daughter, Mary Porter, & her Lawfull Issue; and on failure thereof to my sister, Sarah Richardson and her heirs forever.
Item 4: I Will and bequeath, that my tract of land beginning at Snoads line, from thence to the Savanna, from thence to the Horse-penn Swamp, * from thence to the Dismall; be the same more or less, with all and singuler it's Rights, Members, Privileges and Appurtenances, to be occupied in manner & in form following; Viz. They are to keep my Negroes, Or a suff't Number of them, on said Tract to make Tar, Tupne: &c, in order to raise money to pay my funer'l charges and all other Lawfull demands, that may come ag'st my said Exrs. or agst. the legattees of my Estate; & that afterwards the same shall descend, to my Eldest Daughter, Mary Porter, & her Lawfull Issue; & on failure thereof to my Sister, Sarah Richardson; & her Lawfull Issue forever.
Item 5: I Will and Bequeath that all my Negroes or a sufft. number of them, together with my Horses, Oxen, Cows, Calves, & Sheep, be kept und the care of my Exrs. untill such Time as my aforsd. Debts & Funer'l charges be fuly discharged & satisfied, & likeways, it is My Will & Pleasure, that all my Hoggs, household Furniture, & other Personall Estate, by sold at Publick Vendue, by my said Exrs., in order to discharge the Charges && Lawfull Debts aforsd; & my will and pleasure is, that wen those Funerl Charges, & Lawfull Debts are fully & Justly sitisfied & discharged, That then, all my Negroes, Horses, Oxen, Cows, Calves, & Sheep be faily, Justly, and Equally, divided into three Equal Parts or Proportions (after the Following manner), by my Exrs.- Viz: One third Part or Proportion, I Bequeath to my loving Wife, Elizabeth Porter, during her natural Life; one third part to my Eldest Daughter, Mary Porter, her Lawfull heirs forever; & the the Remaining third Part to my younger Daughter Sarah Porter, & her Lawful hers forever, -
Item: I Nominate, ordain, Constitute & apoint by these presents, my Loving Wife, Eliz. Porter, Executrix; together with Mich'l Coutanche, Mar' & Nathan Richardson, Mariner, to be Execuors of this my Last Will & Testament.
In Wittness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal this, Twenty Ninth day of April, one thousand, seven hundred fifty Four.
John Peyton Porter. (Seal)
Signed, sealed & Published in
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