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In the Name of God Amen. I, William Duckenfield, formerly of Cheshire, in Great Britain, but now of Chowan Precinct, in North Carolina, Esq., being of sound & perfect mind & memory, Do make & declare these presents to be & containe my last Will and testamt: hereby revoking all former & other Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made or declar'd.
First, I will that all my Lawfull Debts be well & truly paid & satisfied by my Executor or Executors hereafter named, within convenient time after my Decease.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my Loving Brother, John Duckinfield, the Sum of fourty pounds P. Annum, during the Term of his naturale Life, to be paid unto him Yearly by me Executor or Executors hereafter named, out of my Estate which I shall leave at my decease, the first payment to become due & payable at the Expiration of one Year after my Decease & to be paid in Pork, Indian Corn, Pitch or Tarr, at the prices now Currant. I also Give & bequeath unto my sd. Brother, John Duckenfield, the the Bed he now lies on, together with the Furniture to the same belonging.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my Loving Cousin, Charles Barber, of North Carolina; one Young Horse & one Mare & twenty pounds.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my Loving Friend, Edward Mosely, of Chowan Precinct, Gent., the Sum of Twenty pounds to buy him & his wife each, a Suite of Mourning.
Item. All the rest & residue of my Estate whether Reale or personalc, Of what Nature, Kind or Quality Soever or wheresoever, that is now due & belonging to me, Or which hereafter shall become due unto me by any manner of waise or means whatsoever, I give, devise & bequeath ye Same unto my Loving Cousin, Nathaniel Duckinfield, Son of my Brother, Sr. Robert Duckenfeild, Baronet, and to his Heirs & Assignes for ever. And in case my sd. Kinsman, Nathaniele Duckinfeild shall depart this Life before me having no Lawfull Issue, then & in such Case I give, devise & bequeath the Estate which I have intended for my sd. Kinsman & his Heirs, unto Mary, Anne, Susanna, Jane, Sarah, Katherine & Judith Duckinfeild, the Sisters of the Sd. Nathaniel of ye whole Blood & to their Heirs & Assigns for ever. But if my sd. Kinsman, Nathaniele Duckinfeild, shall depart this life before me & Leaving Lawful Issue, then my Will, true Intent & meaning is, that ye Estate before mentioned & every part & parcele thereof shall come, remaine & be unto ye Lawfull Issue of my sd. Kinsman, Nathaniele, & their Heirs forever.
Lastly, I do hereby Nominate & appoint my sd. Kinsman, Nathaniele Duckenfeild to be Executor of this my Will & of all other Wills & Testaments whereof I am Executor, particularly the Will of John Arderne, late of North Carolina, bearing date ye twenty second day of October, Anno Dmi. one thousand seven hundred & seven, & to have, take & receive all which shall of right appertain unto me by force of such Wills, to him ye sd. Nathaniele Duckinfeild & his Heirs for ever. But if the sd. Nathaniele, shall depart this life before me without having Lawful Issue then I will that my nieces aforsd, Mary, Anne, Susanna, Jane, Sarah, Katherine & Judith Duckinfield, shall be Exors., of this my Will & of all other Wills & Testam'ts whereof I am Executor, particularly the Will of John Ardeme aforsd. And then the sd. Mary, Anne, Susanna, Jane, Sarah Katherine & Judith Duckinfeild to have, take & receive all wch shall of right appertain unto me by force of such Wills, to them, my said Neices & their Heirs for ever.
In Testimony whereof, I the scL William Duckenfeild, have hereunto sett my hand & Seale, this Seventeenth day of May, Anno Dmi., 1720.
William Duckenfeild (Seal)
Sealed, Published & declared
In the Presence of us:
John I C Cherryholme
NORTH Carolina, ss. Charles Eden, Esqr., Governor.
The within Will of William Duckenfeild, Esqr., was prov’d before me by the Oaths of Thomas Ashley & John Cherryholme, two of the Evidences thereto.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 27th day of Feb'ry, 1721.
Letters Granted the 1st of March, 1721.
Recorded in Will Book 2, page 311, Office of the Secretary of State.
Source: North Carolina Wills and Inventories, copied from Original and Recorded Wills and Inventories In the Office of the Secretary of State by J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, Published 1912)