In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Horn Sen'r. of Edgecombe County in the province of North Carolina, planter, being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks begiven unto God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament (that is to say) principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hand of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and bequeath of the same in manner and form following that is to say
Item: I give and bequeath into my son Thomas Horn the sum of one shilling sterling to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath into my son William Horn the sum of one shilling sterling to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath into Thomas Pridgen the sum of one shilling to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath into William Futral the sum of one shilling sterling to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath into my well beloved wife Catherine Horn two cows and calves and two sows and piggs one feather bed and furniture. Two dishes and one bason and six spoons and six plates also my bay mare and one chest and one trunk, one spinning wheel and one pair of cards to her only proper use and behalf forever.
Item: I lend unto my said wife Catherine Horn my negro woman named Fontain during her natural life and after her decease I give the said negro woman and her increase unto my son Michael Horn to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Michael Horn my land and plantation whereon I now live and four hundred and eighty seven acres of land adjoining to the aforesaid land I give to him and his heirs forever. I also give unto my son Michael Horn my negro fellow Harry and my negro fellow Mingo and my negro boy Jacob and my negro woman Call Fontain after the decrease of his mother. also I give and bequeath unto my son Michael Horn all the rest of my estate goods and chattels of whatsoever kind they be to him and his heirs forever.
I do likewise constitute make and ordain my son Michael Horn my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disannul revoke and disallow all other former testaments wills and legacies Executors by me in any way before this time named willed and bequeathed confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have unto set my hand and affixed my seal this eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and seventy two. Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of us
Thomas X Horn (Seal)
Dempsey Barnes mark
NASH COUNTY JULY COURT, 1782
The within will was duly proved in open court by the oath of Henry Flowers a subscribing witness therto and ordered to be recorded.
Attest Wm Hall, C.C. and is registered Wm. Hall, C.C.