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1772 Will of EDWARD TOOL Bertie Co., North Carolina

In the name of God Amen, I EDWARD TOOL of the County of Bertie being
very sick & weak in Body but of perfect and sound mind & memory Thanks
be to God, Calling unto 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 to God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be
buried in a Decent-Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executors.

And touching such worldly Estate where with it hath pleased to Bless me with
I give devise & Dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First I Lend unto my well beloved wife the use of the Land & plantation whereon I now
live during her natural life or widowhood. I also give unto her my well
beloved wife MARY Eight head of Cattle and one Halfe of my sheep & all
what is left of what formerly belonged to my said wife before I married
her and one small Trunk.

Item I give & Bequeath to my son Jaraldus Tool all my movables except one cow & calfe which I give to my son Jonathan Tool and I also give to my son Jonathan Tool one message or Tract of Land
binding on David Harrells line containing one Hundred & Thirteen acres be
the same more or less and one feather bed and I likewise give unto my son
Jaraldus Tool one feather bed and one Rugg and two Trunks & one Chest & one Tea

Item I give & bequeath all my Land & Plantations that I have not
given to my son David Tool after the Death or marriage of my wife
MARY I also give unto my well beloved wife MARY all my corn and all the meat that is
already killed in the House and I leave all the rest of my Estate that I
have not given in Legacies to be Equally divided amongst all my children at my
Death and last of all I make ordain & constitute and appoint at my Death and
last of all I make ordain & constitute and appoint my son Jaraldus Tool
and Josiah Harrell my Executors to this my last will and testament and I do
hereby utterly disallow, Revoke & annul all and every other Testaments wills
Legacies Bequeaths and Executors by me in any ways before made Ratifying
this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand & seal this fifteenth Day of February in the year
of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and

Seventy Two Signed sealed published and declared in the presents (sic) of us

Jesse Harrell his mark
John Harrell his mark
Solomon Harrell his mark