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
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
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
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
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
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
Signed, sealed, published and declared in the presence
George PEAY, Sr.
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