I Anthony Chamness of Chatham County and State of North Carolina This twenty-first Day of the Eleventh month commonly called November in the year of our Lord One thousand seven Hundred seventy and six:, Being in health of Body and perfect Mind and Memory Blessed be God. . And Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die: I do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, and as touching our worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to Bless me with. in this I give devise and dispose of in Manner following,
First I ordain and constitute my Eldest son Joseph Chamness to be my only and soal Executor of this my Last will and testament: I allow my funeral charges and just debts to be first paid out of my Estate: Also I give and Devise to my son John Chamness all that parcel of land whereon he now lives beginning at Betty Mayners southeast Corner Running thence north to Richard Kemps Corner thence west along Kemps Line to the petition fence: thence, of astrait Corner to Betty Mayners Line containing less or more to be freely possessed and enjoyed by him his heirs or assigns forever.....
Also I give to my son Joshua Chamness the Remainder part of my land that I now live on to be freely possessed and enjoyed by him his Heirs or assigns forever. But if my son Joshua should decease without an Heir Lawfully Begotten of his Body, then his share of Land to be sold and the Money to be Equally Divided Between my sons Joseph and Anthony. I also give to my son Joshua one feather bed furniture and Bedstead [?] the waggon and all the geers and the three Work Creatures with all the plantation tools as two plows and an Iron toothed Harrow and Mattock and hoes and the working tools Belonging to the plantation with chears table and chest and his [?] and Yearling the puter tankard fire tongs and shovel and the largest [?] and hooks and [?] Rack
Also I give and devise to my Daughter Ann Chamness the feather Bed furniture and bedstead that was called Elizabeths and the cow bell [?] and her [?] from this time with three puter basons and four puter plates and one puter dish
I also give and devise to my daughter Rachel [?] three puter plates and two puter basons...I give to my daughter Susannah Reynolds five shillings ...
I give to my daughter Sarah Vestal five shillings...
I also give to my daughter Mary Davis five shillings ...
I also give to my daughter Martha Husey five shillings ...
I also give to my son Anthony Chamness my worsted suit best hat and tea kettle
I also allow the Rest of my Cattle to be Equally divided Between my two sons Joseph and Joshua...I also allow my sheep to be equally devided Between my son Joshua and his Step Mother and the gees and the rest of the fowls with the hogs after they have been killed Their winters meat all to be Equally devided...I also allow her to have the half of the grain that is Raised on the plantation untill my son Joshua comes to age and after he comes to age if she pleases to live with him and to do for him and he pleases to let her then she may have the third of what is Raised and the flax also to be devided he is to [dress?] it and she to make it Ready for wearing - I also allow her all the goods and Chattles that she Brought here that was her former husbands to be her own and my children to have no clame therein
I also give to my daughter Lydia Ward the Case of Drawers the puter Quart and fine flackes.
I allow Sarah Wheeler to have the Course flackes I also allow Sarah Wheelers Eldest Dan Wellmet to have one Black Cow unmarked one puter dish The Coffy Pot and Canister and a tin spice box and a large puter Bason all which was Called her granmothers....
In witness and Testamony I Anthony Chamness do hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and Year first above written signed and sealed in the presence of ?
Chatham County, Nov [?] 1783 Duly proved in open Court by the Affirmation of William Marshill & ordered to be Recorded.
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