HUNTER Family History:
Last Will & Testament of John  Hunter

Guilford County, North Carolina
August 29, 1777

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In the Name of God amen. I, John Hunter of the province of North Carolina and county of Guilford being very sick and weak but in my proper Senses do make this my last will and testament in manner form following 

Imprimus I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried at the discretion of my exors in hopes of a joyful resurrection through the merits of our blessed Lord and savior Jesus Christ and for what worldly estate it hath been pleased God to bestow  on me I order it as followeth. 

Item I order my executors hereafter named to pay and discharge all my just debts and that they shall sell ad dispose of whatever they think proper and the best of my estate to satisfy my said debts. 

Item I lend my son Edward Hunter during his natural life the following negroes to wit, Charles, Juba, Jupiter, Moll, Fillis, Alse, Dorcas, and Fann the lent of all the stock and household furniture during his and his wife's natural lifetime and then to be divided so that if there are any more Children that their estate be made equal to the rest of the children. 

Item I give and bequeath to John and Alexander Hunter sons of Edward Hunter the tract of land I now live on and the mill tract with the two old negroes Seser and Fann to them and their heirs forever, only my daughter Ally Tate and Elizabeth Walker to have their corn ground to be toll free at the said mill. 

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Ally Tate the following negroes to wit Cate and Jimmey, they and their increase to her and her heirs forever. 

Item I lend my daughter Elizabeth Walker the following negroes to wit, Tom, Rose, Cisley, Isham during her natural life, and to which of her children she thinks proper I give the said negroes and their increase to them and their heirs forever. 

Item I give to John H. Walker the son of John and Elizabeth Walker one negro wench Nane that I formerly lent to his mother and her increase to him and his heirs forever. 

Item I give to David Walker, Joel Walker and William Walker the sons of John and Elizabeth Walker the three negro children of Nane to be equally divided between  them they and their increase to them and their heirs forever. 

Item I lend to my daughter Sarah May the following negroes to wit: Suey, Nathan and Suky * which they now have in possession and to which of her children she think proper I give the said and their increase to be equally divided between them they and their increase to them and their heirs forever. 

Item I lend to my sister Jane Martin one negro girl Pheby during her natural life.

 Item I give to my grandchildren Robert, John, Elizabeth and Francis Lee two mulatto girls Lucy and Judy, that I lent their mother and their increase to be divided between them also a debt due me by their father for the sum of fifty eight pounds, nine shillings and ten pence Virginia currency to them and their heirs forever.

 Item I give Alexander Martin** one negro boy Ben to him and his heirs forever. 

Item I desire my executors top make a deed for that land I recovered from Mr. Battersly to whom to whom Colonel George Carrington thinks proper. 

Item I give to my son Edward Hunter's children all the residue and remainder of my estate real and personal that is not mentioned in this my Will and their heirs forever. 

Lastly I appoint Alexander Martin** James Martin James Hunter John Tate and Edward Hunter Executors of this my last Will and Testament revoking all former wills by me made in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of August one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven.

John Hunter

*seal*

 

Signed, sealed, published and declared in the presence of

George PEAY, Sr.

Giles CARTER

Agness HOGGOTT

February 1778

The last Will and Testament of John Hunter dec was proved in open court by the oaths of George PEAY and Giles CARTER two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and on motion was ordered to be recorded. Thomas Henderson C.

 

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* I believe that this may have been the same individual named in a 1789 deed of gift from Sarah Hunter May to her children, where she is referred to as Suck.

 

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From Alibris: Governor Alexander MARTIN; Biography of a North Carolina Revolutionary War Statesman icon

 

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