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Will of John Pryor, Orange Co. NC 28 Sept 1771

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 19:24:46 -0500 (EST)

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Will of John Pryor of Orange County, North Carolina, 28 Sept 1771

[I have typed this will as I can best determine the handwriting, including the spelling, capitalization, and punctuation, except I have type "her", rather than "hir" in the phrase "her and her heirs for Ever" and I have typed "Bed", rather than "Bead" in the phrase "feather Bed". Typed by Nancy Brann Alexander, 28 Feb 1994, descendant of John Pryor through daughter Elizabeth Flournoy, by her first marriage to Charles Smith.]

In the name of god Amen

I John Pryor of North Carolina Orange County being unwill but of perfect Sence and memory, but knowing it is appointed once for all men to die do think proper to make this my Last will and Testament in Manner and form following to wit first ? principally I yield my Soul to god who gave it hoping through the Merits of his Dear Son to Obtain pardon for all my Sins and my Body to be Buried in a Christian Manner at the Direction of my Executors and what Estate it hath pleased god to Lend me after my Just debts be paid I give and Bequesth as follows to wit, Item I give to my Son Robert Pryor that Tract of Land on the Head of Aarons Creek in Granville County being 640 acres and also my Negros man named Will and what I have already Given him and any amount against him on my Book to him and his heirs Lawfully begotten by his Body for Ever, Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Flournoy all that I have already given to her and Twenty pounds as she borrowed of me to her heirs for Ever, Item I give to my Daughter Rhoda Stone my Negro's man named Pomfry and two Cows & Calves one feather Bed & furniture one Mare and Saddle which Estate She hath already Received to her and her Heirs for Ever Item I give to my Daughter Mildred Womack my Negroes named frank & two Cows and Calves one feather Bed and furniture one Mare and ??? all already Received to her heirs for Ever Item I give to my Daughter Lucy Tapley my Negroes man named Harry and two Cows and Calves one feather Bed and furniture and One Mare and Saddle already Received to her heirs for Ever Item I give to my Grandson John Pryor Son to Green Pryor all that land I purchased of Isiah Alday and also that Land I purchased of Robert Morley Both on May Creek and also my Negro woman named Sue and also my Negroes Garl named Dinah also my Negros Garl Juda and there Increase and a Horse Saddle and Two Cows & Calves one feather Bed and furniture when he Shall arrive to Twenty one Years to him and his heirs for Ever which have already delivered to Green Pryor Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Leah Perkins my Negro's woman named Moll and her Increase and Two Cows & Calves one feather Bed and furniture one Horse and Saddle already Received to her, her heirs for Ever Item I give to my Grand Daughter Betty Green Pryor my Negros Garl named Dilany and her increase and also my tract of land on Adams Creek adjoining Hugh Bennett when She shall arrive to lawfull years or Marries to her and her heirs for Ever Item I give to my daughter Rachael Pope my negros boy named E?seia one feather Bed & furniture two Cows and Calves one young mare and Saddle which Estate She hath already received to her & her heirs for Ever Item I give to my daughter Dorothy Pryor my negros Garl named Cloe & One feather Bed and furniture two Cows & Calves one Horse or mare and Saddle when She arrives to lawfull Age or Marries to her, and her heirs for Ever Item I give to my Daughter ?Maritha? Pryor when She arrives to lawfull age or marries my Negros Boy named Ben and two Cows and Calves one feather Bed & furniture and horse or Mare & Saddle to her and her heirs for Ever, Item I give to my Son John Henry Pryor the land and plantation where I now Dwell and also my negros Garl named Philles and two Cows and Calves one feather Bed and furniture and one young Horse and Saddle to him and his heirs for Ever, Item I give to my Son Abner Pryor all that Land I purchased of Fredrick Kerlock and also that land that Moses Walker owned and also that land on Hies as I bought the Improvements of Harkley Worrin and also my Negros Boy Named Cats and two Cows & Calves and one feather Bed and furniture and One Horse & Saddle and also that tract of land that I tookup adjoining the land I purchased of Fredrick Kerlock to him and his heirs for Ever - Item I give to my Grandson John Pryor Smith my negros Garl Named Voilet and if She dies before she Comes of Age then my desire is that he be paid out of my Estate Forty pounds Virginia Money to him and his heirs for Ever, I also desire my tract of land I purchased of Hosea Tapley Jun. 901 acres on flat River be Sold and the Money divided amongest my Daughters and if Either of my Children Shold die before they come of Lawfull Age or Marries then there Estate Both Real and Personal be Equally Divided amongst those of my Children as Shall be then living and if Either of those Negroes above mentioned Should die before the owner of them Comes of Age or marries that them be paid at there Comming of Age or marries out of my Estate forty pounds Virginia Currency and I lend to my wife Margaret Pryor During her natural life or widowhood the use of my plantation and Land where on I now dwell and also and also the use of my negroes Tom Macriah Bausis man for Juda Jane Hannah Punch Captain in Newburn and my young megros ??? not yet named in my will and also the use of my Personal Estates to Gather all my Stock of all Kinds and two Stills which Stills I gave to John Henry Pryor and Abner the large one to John Henry Pryor and the

Small one to Abner Pryor and at the End of her life or Widdowhood my desire all my Estate of what kind soever lent to my wifes land Eacepted but to my wife as afore Said be Equally Divided amongst Such of my Children as Shall be then living lastly I do appoint my Son in law William Stone and my Son-in law David Womack and my wife Mararet Pryor Executors & Eaecutrix of this my last will & Testament Rovoking all other wills Given ?? ?? my hand & Seal this 28th day of September 1771

Signed Sealed & Delivered in presence of us John Pryor & there Increase interlined

Before Sealed

Burgis Harrolson

Joseph Hicks

Peter Rogers

 

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