"The Last Will and Testament of Richard Adams In the name of God Amen. I Richard Adams of the County of Anson and province of North Carolina being sick and weak of body and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it was ordained for all men once to die have therefore thought fit and convenient to make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament. And in the first place I leave [?] and my soul to God that gave it my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian like (manner) nothing doubting but that I shall receive it again in fullness of joy at the resurrection of the just. And in the first place my will is that all my just debts be paid and satisfied after which I give and dispose of my estate in form and maner as following: Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary One Shilling Sterling money of Great Brittain. Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved son James one Shilling Sterling money of Great Brittain. Item. I give and bequeath to my son William one shilling Sterling money of Great Brittain. Item. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas one shilling of Great Brittain. Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Betsey one cow and calf one feather bed and one spinning wheel. Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Prudence one shilling Sterling money of Great Brittain. Item. I give and bequeath to my son Richard one copper still also I give and bequeath to my son Richard my negro boy named Hutchkaiks [?]. My will in trust is that in case my son Richard marry I give and bequeath to him one half my household stuff. But in case he should do before without lawful issue that the the premises granted to him the said Richard be equally divided among the rest of my children. I leave [?] to my well beloved wife Amy the use of premises and negro boy during her natural life and I give and bequeath to my son Richard five pounds lawful money. And I give and bequeath to my wife Amy all of the rest of the estate of every sort and kind whatsoever during her natural life and afterwards to my son Richard and I do hereby conclude and appoint my loved wife Amy my Executor and my well beloved son Richard Executor to this my will and testament repairing and confirming this to be my last will and testament annulling and disallowing all other wills heretofore made by me in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the nineteenth day of August 1777. Richard Adams (his mark) Signed and delivered in the presence of George Carter (his mark), William Adams (his mark), Benjamin Powell. Richmond County. June Court 1782. The written will of Richard Adams was exhibited in open court and proven by the oath of George Carter one of the witnesses thereto who saw the other witnesses subscribe their names thereto. Atest. Wm. Love [?] Clerk."
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