The Will
of
John Bobbitt of Chowan

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THE WILL OF JOHN BOBBITT OF CHOWAN 1736

In the name of God, Amen: I JOHN BOBBITT being sick and weak but
of perfect and sound mind and memory, praised by the Almighty
God, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament, revoking
all former wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made.

    Imprimus: I will that my just debts and funeral expences be first paid.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my first son, William Bobbitt
one hundred acres of land more or less, lying in the Orraneechy
Neck, whereon I now live, to hold to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Bobbitt, one
hundred acres of land lying in the Orraneechy Neck and which land
I bought of John Landers now tenanted to Roger Cass, to hold to
him, his heirs and assigns forever.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my two sons and three daughters,
named, William, Thomas, Frances, Mary, and Amey, my whole
and sole personal estate, movable and immovable, that is money,
plates, beds, furniture, pewter, iron, brass, horses, mares,
cattle, and all manner of estate goods and chattels, not herein
mentioned, to be equally divided to and among said two sons and
three daughters by even and equal portions. And lastly I do here-
by appoint, William Bobbitt, Robert Green, John Massey and James
Brogran, my whole and sole executors of this my last will and
testament, revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore
made. And I hope they will be my executors as becometh honest
men and Christians.

Given under my hand and seal this seventh day of May Anno Domini 1736.

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Signed, sealed and published
and declared in presence of
FRANCES BELLES
RICHARD MASSEY, Jurat
FRANCIS F. MASSEY, Jurat

                                                                    BERTIE PRECINCT, November 1736, the
                                                                    forewritten will was duly proved by oath of
                                                                    Richard Massey and Francis Massey, two of
                                                                    the sole subscribing witnesses thereto and also
                                                                    Robert Green and John Massey qualified
                                                                    themselves as executors according to law.

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