In the name of God, Amen I, Henry RHODES of Dobbs County, farmer
being Sick of Body but of perfect mind and memory and knowing the mortality of
my Body and that it is appointed for all men once to Die Do make and declare
This to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and following that is to say
principally and first of all, I bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God
that gave it, hopeing and believeing a Remission of my sins by the merited and
meditation? of Jesus Christ my Saviour and my Bod I commit to the earth to be
buried in a Christian Like burial all the Discretion of my Exr. hereafter named
and my worldly Estate I give and Bequeath as followeth:
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Jacob RHODS two cows
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary RINCEY one shilling-her land?
Item: I give and bequeath to my son having know the half of the money hired? my negro man --IP --- at Pollocksville and the other half I give and bequeath to my son William RHODS part? of the said fellow?to be sold after my death and the money to the Henry and William RHODES
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth RHODS the negro girl named ROSE
Item: I give and bequeath my son James RHODS the land and plantation I lived on and all the land belogning to the same and Moses COX Bond
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Barbary RHODS one negro girl named CATE
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel RHODS one negro Boy named DICK
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah RHODS one negro Boy named GORGE
Item: I give and bequeath to my Loving wife Elizabeth RHODS my Bed and Furniture & also lend one negro wench? during her Lifetime and after my wife's death & give and bequeath the same wench to my son William RHODS so she and her --- ---- for ever from now and henceforid? over all the Rest of my Estate that is not given I leave to be sold and Equally Divided between my son Willam and my son Henry and my son James RHODSES and my daughters Elizabeth and Barbary and RHODS and Sarah RHODS and my Loving wife thence and nomore.
And Rachel RHODS my daughter. Lastly I appoint my friends Beeaman RHODS and William JONES and --- ---- my Executors & --- my Last Will and Testament to be and --- perform the same aforegoing to the true intent Given under my hand and seal this 21st day of December 1773.
Signed: Henery (his X mark) RHODS
Sealed and Signed
and Delivered in the presents of
John FILLYEW, Senior
Moses COX, Senior
The within Last Will and Testament of Henry RHODES was proved before met his 5th day of Janry. 1774 by the Oath of Moses COX one of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto who swore that he was present or did see the Testator sign seal publish and declare the same to be and contain his Last Will and Testament and tat at the time thereof he was of sound and disposing mind memory and Benjamin RHODES and Joseph DEW two of the Executors therein named having taken the Oaths of Executors and qualified agreeable to law. It is ordered that the LEtters of Testimony issue thereon accordingly.