North Carolina, Tyrrell County, Book 1, page 32, Dated 11 May 1765 In the name of God amen: The eleventh day of May in ye year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty five I William Rhoads of the County Tyrrel and province of North Carolina being very sick and weak in body but of perfict 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 die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to ye earth to be buried in a Christain and decent manner at ye durection of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Ressurection I shall receive ye same again by ye mighty power of God and as touching such worldly Estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and despose of ye same in ye manner and form folllowing that is to say --- Imprimis - In the first place I give and bequeath to Perthena my beloved wife two negroes to wit one negro man called Peter and one negro girl called Jane and horse and mare and the use of my manner plantation ye term of ten years from ye date hereof also ye use of one still during the same term --- Item - I give my beloved son Charls Rhoads two negroes to wit one negro boy called Pomp one negro girl called Patinance three gold rings one pair of gold buttons and one gun and six silver spoons with my manner plantation where I now live and all the land thereto belonging to have and to hold ye above said negroes and other articles to him his Executors Administrators and assigns forever --- Item - I give and bequeath to my Daughter Judith Rhoads one negro girl called Sue one negro girl called Moll three cows and calves to her and her heirs Executors Administrators forever --- Item - I give and bequeath to my son Arthur Rhoads two negro girls to wit one negro girl called Jude and one called Nan one gun one smal tract of land joiuning William Howards line and William Garretts and three cows and calves to him and his heirs Executors Administrators and assigns forever --- Item - I Will that ye remmander part of my Estate may be equally divided between my wife Perthena Roads and my two sons Charles and Arthur and my daughter Judith and I will the perishable part belonging to my son Arthur and my daughter may be sold according to law and the money be put to use --- Item - I Will that the Legacy due to my son in law Thomas Fagan may be raised and paid by my Executors out of ye work of ye negroes labour with what they can raise of the plantation without lessoning nay part of my other childrens Legacies --- Item - I do likewise constitute make and ordain my Perthena Rhoads Executrix and John Rhoads and Joseph Hardison Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disalow revoak and disannul all and every other former Testaments Wills Legacies Bequests and Executors by me in any ways before this time named Willed and Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my had and seal day and year above written.
W. Rhoad (Sealed)Signed sealed and delivered by ye sd. William Rhoads
as his last Will and Testament in the presence of
Margrat (her -x- mark) Collins
Fr. Ward Clerk