Will of Jethro Oates ~ 1780

Transcribed by Joan S Dunn

  Will of Jethro Oates In the name of God Amen I, Jethro Oates of the County and Province foresaid, being weak in body, but of perfect mind thanks be given to God for it. And knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die. Do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say. I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and my body to be buried in a Christain like manner, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection, that I shall receive the same by his mighty power. Item ; I give and bequeath to my eldist daughter Lydda Stevins, Ben and Jane, five cows and yearlings, one feather bed and furniture.To her and her heirs forever, having them in her possesion. Item ; I give and bequeath to my next eldist daughter Amy King, Simon and Grace, seven cows and 2 two year old stears, one feather bed and furniture in her possesion to her and her heirs forever. Item ; I lend to my beloved wife Artesha Oates all the rest of my estate, land and tenaments, negroes, goods, and chattles. And during her natural life or widowhood not to be removed out of the County and afterwards to be equally divided amongst my six children, named Jesse Oates, Jethro Oates, Elizabeth Oates, Michael Oates, Susannah Oates, & John Oates. And to be equally divided by my Surviving Executors ; Atresha Oates, Stephen King, Roger Snell, & Micha King. Signed, Sealed, and Delivered, in the presents of us this 30th day of August 1780, Jethro Oates {seal} Test ; James Oates State of North Carolina January Court 1781 Duplin County Then was the within Will proved in open court in Due process of law by the oath of, Stephen King, and James Oates two of the Subscribing Witness thereto and ordered to be recorded. Test , Wm. Dickson CC

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