Will of Jonathan Toole
In the Name of God Amen whereas I Jonathan Toole of N. Carolina State in Bertie County being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, therefore Calling to mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for men once to dye do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament and touching my worldly Estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with in this Life, I Give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form
And first & foremost I Lend to my wife Mary Toole all my Land and plantation during her widowhood and after the marriage or death of my said wife, I give & bequeath all my Land & plantation aforesaid to my son Frederick Toole to him & his Heirs forever—furthermore I lend to my wife during her widowhood five head of horned Cattle also one broad ax one Narrow ax, also one great handsawe, one Inch auger one inch gouge, one inch Chissel one 3/4 inch Chissel one Drawing knife, one pair iron wedges, one Iron plow, one grindstone, three pewter dishes, six Do Basins, six Do plates, nine Do spoons, Two feather beds with the furniture thereto belonging with the bedsteads, also one Iron pot , one frying pan, Two flat irons, one sauce pan, also my mare, Bridle and Saddle. Likewise one plough-brake and plow hoe, one grubbing hoe, one weeding hoe, one Tilling hoe, one nail hammer, one ¾ auger, one three inch Chisel with a socket, all the abovesaid articles I Lend to my wife during her widowhood and also Two Jugs one pitcher, one butterpot, furthermore I give & bequeath to my wife Mary, all my stock of hogs & Crop of Corn, also one Linen wheal, and one weaving Loom with all the gear thereunto belonging, also all my knives & forks, also three pair of Spinning Cards, also one wooling wheal, also my wooden Cooper wear, and one mealsifter, furthermore it is my will and Desire, that after the marriage or Death of my wife that all which I lent to her be put to public sale to the Highest bidder for Cash money and the money equally divided among my three children Namely, Elizabeth Ann, Frederick and Pharaby, hereby excepting & reserving the Cattle which I desire may not be sold, but that they be equally divided among my three children afore named, furthermore it is my will and Desire that after my Decease my Executor immediately take an Inventory of the Goods and Chattel that remains not by me given & Lent to my wife and Children and put to public sale to the highest bidder for Cash money. After all my Just debts are paid the remainder of the money to be put out on Interest (if any) and when my children come to the age of Twenty one, I desire that the money both principal and interest be equally divided among my three children afore named, Hereby Nominating and appoint James Gardner and Absolam Carney Executors of this my Last will & Testament, Legacies and bequeaths by me in any wise before mention and Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in form aforesaid. In Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this Twenty six day of August in the year of our Lord 1781.
Signed, sealed, and Declared by him the said Jonathan Toole and his last will and Testament in the presence of Henry Averet, Arthur Smith
Bertie County, Proved August 1781 Stevens Grayble