Will of Stephen Stafford

Will of Stephen Stafford In the name of God, Amen. I, Stephen Stafford, of the County of Pasquotank, State of North Carolina, being of sound mind & memory do make and ordain this Instrument of writing to contain my last will and testament for the disposal of what worldy estate as it hath pleased God to help one with in this life in the following manner to wit: Imprimis: I give and bequeath unto my son, Adam Stafford, the land & plantation whereon I now live with the reservation that my loving and beloved wife have the use of it her life time or during her widowhood and then go to the use of my son, Adam Stafford, as is before mentioned.. I give to my son, Adam Stafford, one case of bottles. I give to my daughter, Sally Harris one rd chest and one pair of flat irons after first receiving the use of the above mentioned articles to my loving and beloved wife her lifetime. I give to my daughters, Mariam Casey, Sally Harris, and also to my son, Adam Stafford & my grandson Stephen Stafford all the balance of my property both in doors and out doors beside what I have already mentioned, except two bed quilts and one chest which I give to Betsy Madren, to be equally divided among. Furthermore, I do nominate constitute and appoint my son, Adam Stafford and my loving and beloved wife the Executor & Executrix of this my last will and testament & hereby disannulling & revoking all former wills and bequeaths by me hereof made this the 23 day of January in the year of Our Lord 1824. Stephen Stafford Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the presents of Edmen Trueblood Ann Thompson ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- State of North Carolina Pasquotank County May Term, 1824 This last will and testament of Stephen Stafford, deceased, was exhibited & proved in open court by the oath of Edmen Trueblood and Ann Thompson the subscribing witnesses thereto. The Executor & Executrix therein named appeared & qualified as the law directs, and is to be recorded & letters of testamentory ____. Charles Grice

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