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In the name of God, Amen, I John Tomson of the County of Halifax and Province of North Carolina do this twenty second day of January in the year of our Lord 1760 make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner and for following Viz... I lend to my Wife Mary the use of all things, which I possess or claim during her natural Life and what Horses, Cattle, & Sheep and household Goods to be Found, at the Death of my Wife Mary, I desire to be equally divided by the Executors amongst my three Daughters, Sarah Tomson, Elizab'h Tomson, and Annys Tomson.
Item, I give to Pridgeon Tomson, my eldest son the Plantation whereon I now live, containing two hundred acres to him and his Heirs forever and in case the s'd Pridgeon die without a Lawful heir the Land to be sold to highest Bidder and the money arising therefrom to be Equally divided amongst the other five children
Item I give to Rich'd Thomson a parcel of Land containing two hundred acres known by the name Winters Place to him and his heirs forever.
Item, I give to William Tomson a parcel of Land joyning to the Lands of William Roan(?) containing one hundred & forty acres to him and his heirs forever.
Item, I give to Jno Lewis one hundred acres of land where on he now dwells to him and his heirs forever.
Item, I hereby ordain that the afores'd Pridgeon Tomson who hath a title to two hundred acres of Land pay and make to Sarah Tomson the sum of ten pounds at the day of her marriage or at the age of eighteen years.
Item, I hereby ordain that the afores'd William Tomson pay to Annys Tomson the sum of Ten pounds at the day of mariage or at the age of eighteen years.
Item, I hereby ordain that the afores'd Richard pay to Elizabeth Tomson 10 pounds at the day of her marriage or at the age of eighteen years.
Item, in case the afores'd Pridgeon, Richard & William Tomson's should refuse to pay the s'd sums afnes'd to the afs'd Sarah, Elizabeth, and Annys Tomsons my will and desire is that the Executers immediately when the s'd sums becomes due take the s'd Land afnes'd & sell the same to the highest Bidder and pay the s'd Sums & return the Residue to the proper owner.
Item, I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friend, John Lewis and Peter Bruce Jun'r Ext'rs to this my last will and testament.
Signed, Sealed and acknowledged by the John Tomson as his last Will & Testament in presence of
|Daniel Duncan, Jr.|
|James I Randol Jr.||John Thomson|
|(his mark)||(his mark)|
|Halifax||September Court 1760|
This Will was in open court exhibited and proved according to Law by the oaths of Daniel Duncan and James Randol, two of the subscribing witnesses: at the same time the exo'r was qualified for that office. Ordered s'd will recorded
Lest. Jno. Montfort C. Cr.
The copy above was revised July 18, 1998. I corrected a few of the names which I believe were transcribed in error in one of the copies I received from another researcher.
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