In the Name of God Amen I John Morris of the Parish of Charles in the County
of York Planter taking into Serious Consideration the uncertainty of Human
Life have thought fit to make this my last Will and Testament in Manner
and form following that is to say first of all I recommend my Soul to the
Mercy of Almighty God who gave it hoping through the Merits of my Blessed
Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ to receive full remission and forgiveness
of all my Offences and my Body to be buried according to the discretion of
my Executrix and Executors hereafter mentioned and as to what Temporal
Estate the Lord of his Gracious bounty hath been pleased to bestow upon me
I Give and bequeath as followeth Viz:
First I will that all the Debts I justly owe be duly paid.
Item I lend unto my loving Wife Mary Morris two Negros Namely my Negro
Man Pompey and my Negro Girl Sarah during the Term of her Natural Life.
I also give unto my said Wife all my household Goods to her and her disposal.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my loving Son John Morris my Negro Wench
Judith and her Child Grace to him and his Heirs forever.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my loving Son Nicholas Morris my Negro
Wench Hannah and my Negro Boy Cesar to him and his Heirs forever.
Item I do Order and Appoint my Stock of all kinds to be equally divided
between my loving Wife Mary Morris and my two Sons John and Nicholas Morris
share and share alike. I do further Order and Appoint that the Sum of
forty Pounds to be paid out of my Estate by my Executrix and Executors
hereafter mentioned to my four Grand Children John Jarvis, Elizabeth Jarvis,
James Jarvis & Mary Jarvis in this order and Method one half of the said
Sum in Cash the other moiety in such Things as my Executrix and Executors
can best spare of a reasonable valuation to be paid respectively at the
age of twenty one Years or the Day of Marriage and if either of my
aforesaid Grand Children should dye before they attain the Years of twenty
one or the Day of Marriage then his her or their parts to go to the Survivor
or Survivors and in case they should all dye before they come of Age or
are Married then the whole to return to my two Sons John Morris and Nicholas
Morris to be equally divided betweem them and after the Death of my Wife
my Will is that the two Negros lent her be appraised by Men indifferently
to be chosen and appointed and my two Sons to cast Lots for the choice of
the two Slaves Namely Pompey and Sarah and to whose ever Lot Pompey shall
fall he so getting of him shall pay the other the one half of what he shall
be Valued at more than Sarah in order to make the Division equal but in
case either of the aforesaid Slaves should dye before my my (sic) Wife then
the other to be equally divided between my two Sons as aforesaid.
And I do hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint my loving Wife Mary Morris
and my Loving Sons John Morris and Nicholas Morris Executrix and Executors
of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all former
Wills by me heretofore made In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and affixed my Seal this eighteenth Day of February 1745/6
Signed Sealed Published
and Declared in the Presence his
of Thos Roberts John M Morris
Richard X Pond
At a Court held for York County the 16th Day of February 1746
This Will was proved by the Oaths of Thomas Roberts and Richard Pond
Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of John
Morris and Nicholas Morris therein Named who made Oath according to Law
Certificate was granted them for obtaining a Probat[e] thereof in due form
Giving Security Whereupon they together with Thomas Charles and Bennett
Kerby their securities enter'd into and acknowledg'd Bond for their due
Admon. of the said Decedents Estate and performance of his Will.
Thos Everard Ct: Cur:
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