Location: Halifax County, North Carolina
Surname/tag: Mathis, Mathews, Matthews, Halifax_County_NC, Chatham_County_NC
October ye Fifteenth, 1764, this being my last will and testament in the name of God Amen. I Thos. Mathis being in perfect sence and memory and knowing it to be appointed once for all men to die I give my soul to God who gave it me and my body to the earth to be buried to the discretion of executors and my worldly estate as followeth: Item. To my daughter Frances Coleman I give ten shillings besides what she was possessed with before. Item. To my son Charles Mathis I give five shillings besides what he already has had of me. Item. To my daughter Sarah Hill I give ten shillings besides what she has had of me. Item. To my son James Mathis I give my Negro fellow Will. Item. To my daughter Milly I give ten shillings besides what she already has. Item. To my son Isaac Mathis I give 160 more or less acres of land lying over the creek being part of the Coles survey and the remainder tract of the land I give to my son Thomas Mathis. Item. And my home plantation I give to my son, Benjamin Mathis, being 150 acres, more or less. Item. To my loving wife I give three Negroes Cook, Rachel and Hannah during her life if after her death the Negro feller Cook shall return to my son Isaac and Rachel to my son Thomas likewise and Hannah to my son Benjamin. Likewise, also to my son Isaac, I give Dinah and Daniel after my wife's decease. Also to my son Benjamin I give Neil and David after my wife's decease. Item. To my son, Isaac, I give my mill observed Thomas and Benjamin I give equal part with my son lsaac til they come of age. Item. To my son Thomas, I give my Negro Peter as soon as he comes of age, and Kate to my son Benjamin as soon as he comes of age, and to my son James, I give one bed and furniture and to my son Isaac I give my still and him l leave to pay all my worldly debts. item. To my son, Isaac, I give one bed and furniture and to my son Thomas another bed and furniture and to my son Benjamin another bed and furniture after my wife's decease I leave everything that is not already given I give to my three youngest sons, Thomas, Isaac and Benjamin to be equally divided among them. My son Charles and my son lsaac l leave my executors.
Thomas (his mark) Mathis
Test: William Pullen, Isaac Mathis, Thomas Mathis.
North Carolina, Halifax County, April Court, 1765.
The above will was exhibited in open court and duly proved by the oath of Thos. Mathis a witness thereto, who on his oath did say that he saw the testator, Thos. Mathis, seal, publish and deliver the same to be his last will and testament and that at the same time he saw William Pullen and lsaac Mathis the other two subscribing witnesses sign the same as witnesses thereto whereupon Isaac Mathis one of the executors therein named came in Court and was duly qualified by taking of the oath by law directed wherefore return shall be recorded.
Test: Joseph Montfort, Clerk of the Court.
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