In the Name of god Amen. I, Thomas Watkins, of the County of Perquimans, Being of sound mind and memory, thanks be given to god for the same, and Calling to mind the mortality of my Body, and Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Dye, Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say, Principally, and first of all, I Recomend my soul to god that gave it, and my Body to be Buried in a Decent Christain Manner at the Discretion of my Executors; and for what Temporall Estate it hath Pleased god to Bestow upon me, after all my Just Debts is Paid, I give and Bequeath the use as followeth:
Imprimis, I give to my Friend, John Whedbee, all the Ditching that I Cut for him, and An four Pound, Seven Shillings, and Six Pence, Virginia money, to him and his Heirs.
Item, I give to Richard Whidbee all the Ditching I Cut for him.
Item, I give to John Morris all my wearing Close.
Item, I give all the Remaining Part of my Personal! Estate to Samuel Newbey, being near Little River Bridge in Pasquotank County, and I hereby Nominate, Constitute and apoint my loving friend, John Whidbey my Executor of this my last Will and Testament, Holden for Firm this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
in Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 3rd Day of January 1740 (?)
Thomas X Watkins (Seal)
Signed, Sealed, Pronounced and
Declared by the said Thomas
Watkins as his Last Will and
Testament In Presence of:
William Foster, Jurt.
Mary Whedbee. Jurt.
North Carolina, Perqm. County. Janury Court Anno Dora. 1754.
Present his Majesty's Justices:
Then was the within Will proved in open Court by the Oaths of Willm. Foster & Mary Whedbee in due Form of Law, at the Same Time John Whedbee, Exor, to the within Will was duly Qualified by taking the Oath by Law appointed. Ordered that Letters Testamentary Issue thereon as the Law directs.
Test. Edmund Hatch. Cler. Cur.
Recorded in Will Book 6. page 225.
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)