Will of “Pierre” Peter Fourre

Contributed by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

  THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF “PIERRE” PETER FOURRE August 6, 1697 Copied from NC Archives Probate of Wills Albemarle County Note: The County is listed As Albemarle but I believe it belongs with what later became Pasquotank County In the name of God the Father, Sonne, & Holy Ghost I PETER FOURRE of the County aforesd being now in perfect sence & memory though ??firme & sick in my body, considering de certainty of death & not nowing the time & hour thereof have made appointed & declared this my Last Will & Testament this 6th day of Agust 1697 as follows------ Imprimis. I recommend & give my Soul unto the mercifull hands of my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ & appoint my body to be decently interred at the discretion of my excor. After named firmly believing & hoping the resurrection reuniting of my ??? Soul through the meritt of our Lord & Saviour & of my worldly & temporal estate which God hath given me I will & dispose as follows. 2ly. I give & bequeath unto my loving Wife my lands & livings & all Iam ponen(?) withall during her life time------ 3ly. And after her decease I give & bequeath my plantation & land & what belong to it unto my Sonne JOHN FOURRE & for the movables within & without the door that shall be left after my Wife’s decease to be divided as followeth. 4ly I give my Daughter NICHOLE one shiling 5ly I give unto my Daughter MARGUERIT one shiling 6ly I give unto my Daughter MARY one haffer of about three years old 7ly If JOHN FOURRE my Sonne should die without heirs then my plantation & land belongin to it should fall unto my Daughter ESTER FOURRE. Lastly I will & appoint CATHERINE FOURRE my beloved Wife above named my Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament witness my hand & seal this 6th of Agust 1697 PIERRE FOURRE Signed sealed & declared In presence of ANTHONY MARCHHUM His “A M” hand FRANCIS DE LA MARE If it be the Lords will that my Wife & I should dye before that my Daughter ESTHER be of age I will that she should live & stay wth. Her God Mother Mrs. ELIZABETH HUNT untill that she be of age & that also she should look after what soever should belong to my said Daughter ESTHER. We have heard PIERRE FOURRE speak the words of this g:vh Article & desired FRANC DELAMARE to write it as his will the 15 of ??? 1697 FRANCIS DE LA MARE ????????? (Note can’t make out this subscribers name)

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