In the name of God amen, I, JAMES HARRISON, of Northumberland County and St. Stephen's Parish being weak and infirm in Body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and I ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first my will and desire is that all my Just debts and funeral charges to be paid out of my estate by my Executors hereinafter named.
Item I give and bequeath to my dear son BENJAMIN HARRISON all the tract or parcel of Land which I now hold in the County of Northumberland to him and his heirs forver but my desire is that my dear wife GRACE HARRISON have her third part of said Land during her natural life
Item I give to dear daughter MOLLY HARRISON my negro Girl LAVINER
Item I give to my dear wife GRACE HARRISON my Bay Mare and her side saddle
Item my desire is that all debts due to me at present by Bond Judgment or otherwise appropriated towards the maintenance of my said wife and BENJAMIN HARRISON and MOLLY HARRISON education
Item all the rest of my Estate I leave to be equally divided Between my said wife and Child BENJ. HARRISON before mentioned to him and his heirs forever
Lastly I constitute and ordaine my brother SAMUEL HARRISON my Hole and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament herey revoking all other former Wills or devis(sic) by me made ratifying confirm this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my and hand and seal this 12th day of November one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight.

JAMES HARRISON

In the presence of
GEORGE WILLIAMS
WILLIAM BREWER
WILLALA (sic) HARRISON

 

At a Court held for Northumberland County at the Court house on monday the 8th of June 1789 This Will was proved by the oaths of GEORGE WILLIAMS, WILLIAM BREWER and WILLALA (sic) HARRISON the witnesses thereto and ordered to b recorded and at a Court held for thr said County at the Courthouse on onday the 13th day of July following SAML HARRISON the Exor. named in the said Will this day appeared and relinquished his right of Exorship thereto and on the motion of GRACEY HARRISON admor with the said will annexed is granted her whereupon the said GRACEY together with WALTER JONES her security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of 500 pounds as the Law directs

Teste CATESBY JONES
Truly Recorded Teste THO. POLLARD d.c.

 

Northumberland Record Book 14 page 264

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