† Source: Duplin Co Nc Will Book A, Pg 12-13 Written: April 5, 1831 Recorded: August 1831 Duplin Co NC Wills, Vol 1, pg 12-13 (LDS 0018813) August Term 1831 In the name of God, Amen. I Jacob Monk, of the State of North Carolina and County of Duplin, being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God, do this 5th day of April one thousand eight hundred and thirty one, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say: In the first place I give and loan unto my beloved wife Sarah Monk the use of my house and plantation with all my lands that I possess except the tract called the Marsh land lying back of the big marsh during the term of her natural life. Also, I give and loan unto my beloved wife Sarah Monk the use of all my personal estate of every description which may be left after my just debts are paid, to her during her natural life, to be disposed of after her death in manner herein after mentioned. Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Fanny Ezzel, wife of Reuben Ezzel, (Note: Josiah R. Ezzel) after the death of my wife all that part of my lands lying on the west side of the Branch called the Cook Branch with the Middle prong that runs between the Tom field and the Elijah field to John Monkís line and south on to James Wilsonís line. Her part to include all the swamp of said Branch and a strip of high land on the east of said Branch wide enough to run a fence upon, except my tract of land called the Marsh land, to her and her heirs forever. Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son Brewster Monk all my lands on the east side of the Branch called the Cook Branch except the swamp part of said branches and the narrow strip given above to my daughter Fanny Ezzel, that is after the death of my wife I give and bequeath unto him and his heirs forever. Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Merritt one dollar to be paid her by my Executors to her and her heirs forever. Fifthly, all my personal estates that may be left over after my just debts are paid, after the death of my wife Sarah Monk I will be sold by my Executors to share equally among my three children, John Monk, Brewster Monk, and Fanny Ezzel. To them and their heirs forever. Sixthly and lastly, it is my will and I hereby authorize and empower my Executors to sell and dispose of my personal estates for the purpose of paying my just debts and defraying any necessary expenses towards executing this my last will and testament, either by privat or publick sale in the same manner as I myself would have power and authority to do and also that part of my said personal estate as they in their judgement may think best and think prudent to sell, and that may be best offered from the use and maintainance of my wife, and I also authorize them to sell by tract of land called the Marsh land either by private or publick sale as they may in their judgement may think most prudent and advantageous and give a letter to the same if the proceeds of the sale of the land could be appropriated to the payment of my debts. And I hereby make and ordain my son John Monk and my trusty friends Jackson Sloan Esq & John Bryan Executors to this my last will and testament. Signed, sealed, published and declared J. Monk (seal) By the said Jacob Monk the testation of his Last will and testament in the presence of Alxr Merrit Abner Merrit Proved August Term 1831.
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