Will of John Bryan ~ 1741

Contributed by: Sue Guptill

Craven County CR.028.500.21.8 North Carolina} Craven County} The Nuncupative will of John Bryan Deceased Whereas John Bryan of Beard Creek late of the county & province being taken for Death the day & yeare hereafter mentioned & having nobody Convenient to write his last Will & testament and he the sd John Bryan being in his proper & Right Sences and of sound & perfect mind & memory did seriously Request & Desire that this following Nuncupative Will Should be his last Will & Testament leaving no other Wills or Testaments by him made or being by him there __ left & bequeathed his affairs moveables & Estate as follows Imprimus that all his just Debts Should be paid Secondly he did give & bequeath to his son Lewis Bryan the Plantation whereon he the Deceased did live Lying on Beard's Creek to him the sd Lewis & his heirs for ever Thirdly he the sd Deceased viz. John Bryan as a above sd did give & bequeath to his Daughter Sarah Bryan three Negroes vizt. two fellows & one wench the fellows named __ & Ludgrow the Wenches name Bela with all the stock of horses, mares Cattle Sheep Hogs & of Every part & parcel of all his personall Estate with all his moveables whatsoever which he the said John Bryan was possessed with in his Lifetime he did give & bequeath the above sd Negroes & sd Personal Estate to his sd Daughter Sarah Bryan to her her heirs & assignes for ever Fourthly He the sd Bryan notwithstanding did ordain & appoint that as he the said John did in the third articles of his will as abovesd give and bequeath to his above sd Daugther Sarah three Negroes and all his personal Estate as above sd that She the sd Sarah Should Educate & bring up his small children being three in Number till such times as they arrive to the age of maturity November the first 1741 the above will was proved before me one of his Majesties Justices for the Peace of the County upon the holy Evanjalist of Almighty God by the Solemn affadavit of John Jacob Good & William Bedscot who both heard the sd. Deceased Earnestly Desire & Express that the above will now committed to writing Should stand Valid & be his will & testament therefor as above the sd will was proved before me as the law directs such wills should be proved & within the term of time prescribed by law of his the sd Deceased Death. Daniel Shine, J.P. N.B. the Evidences likewise declare upon that the sd Deceased departed this life the 31st day of October 1741 & did appoint his daughter Sarah Bryan is whole & sole Executrix of this his last will & Testament

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