Will of John Mallard ~ 1812

Transcribed by Joan S Dunn

  NOTE: copy very faint and difficult to read WILL OF JOHN MALLARD Duplin County, Copy of original acquired by Betsy Mallard Mewborn from NC Archives, Raleigh, NC In the name of God amen this 23rd of Dec 1811, I John Mallard of the County of Duplin and State of North Carolina being Sick of body But of parfect mind and memory Thanks be to God Therefore and calling to mind the Mortality of the body and knowing that it is apointed for All men once to Die Do make and ordain this My Last will and testament. That is to say Principally and first of all I give and Recommend My Soul to God who gave it and my body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the direction of my Executor hereafter to be named not Doubting But at the General Resurrection I shall Receive the Same again by the almighty power of God and as touching?? What estate it shall – next two words too faint to read – God has Bless me with in this Life I give Devise and Dispose of the Same in manner and form following First I doe give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary two beds and their furniture, My House and plantation and as much of the furniture as she shall select ??? her life time or widowhood. To my Son Wm. Mallard I give one Hundred and fifty Dollars one gun one –next word not readable – now in possession To my son John Mallard I give one Hundred and forty six acers of Land now in his possession To my son James Mallard I give one Hundred and Eighty acers of Land now in his possession To my son George Mallard I give one mear and one Hundred and sixty Dollars To Asa Mallard my youngest Son I leave all the rest of my lands, one gun and one cow and calf To my Daughter Nancy ten Dollars To my Daughter Sarah one bed and its furniture one cow and calf now in her possession To Catherin my daughter I give one bed and its furniture one cow and calf To Dorcas my Daughter I give one bed and furniture one cow and calf And at my wifes Decese the ballence of my stock of all kinds with my household kitchen and plantation and furnature ?? to be Equally divided amongst four to wit Sarah, Cathern, Dorcas and Asa and Last of all I appoint My two sons William and John my Whole Sole executor to this my Last will and testament. In witness whereof I have her unto set my name and Seal this Day and Date above writen, signed Seigs and Delivered in the presence of signed John Mallard TEST John Gilman, Wimbert Boney To Duplin County Court April Term 1812 – proved on oath of John Gilman and at the same time John Mallard and William Mallard the Executors named Qualified Wm Dickson, Clk

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