Will of Noble Ladd
1782
Surry County, North Carolina


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Surry County, North Carolina. Book I pg. 173   (Transcription)
 
In the name of God Amen: "unreadable" day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand and Seven hundred and eight two.  I Noble Ladd Snr. of Surry County North Carolina State, planter being very sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto 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 & Testament.  That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave all and for my body "unreadable" it to the earth, to be buried in a Christian like and decent manor at the defection of my executor.  Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate herewith it hath pleased God to "unreadable" in this life.  I give "unreadable" and dispose of the same in manner & form following that is to say in the first place I give and bequeath unto Judith my dearly beloved wife two negros Vz, Chloe, during the term of her natural life if she die in widowhood but in case she should marry again I will that the oforesaid two negros Viz, Jacob & Chloe to my two sons Vz, Amos & Constantine also I give and bequeath to my said wife during the term of her widowhood four cow and calves one feather bed one roan horse nd one half of my pewter, also I give and bequeath to my beloved son Amos Ladd one negro named Peter also I give and bequeath to my beloved son Constantine Ladd one negro named Will,  Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah five shillings sterling also I give and bequeath unto my daughter judith five shillings sterling also I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth five shillings sterling also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Huldah one cow and calf also I give & bequeath to my daughter Molly one feather bed & cow & calf and one white horse called Webster, also I give and bequeath to my daughter Annie five shilling sterling also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ede, one negro wench name Delse also I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Noble Ladd, whom I also constitue and appoint sole executor of this my last will and testament, one negro fellow named Dick also I give & bequeath to my beloved son Joseph Ladd two negros Viz Abraham and Doll, by name, also one feather bed - Lastly I give and bequeath to my son William Ladd two negros named Dinah and Jacob which said Jacob is a boy together with all my working tools and utensils of husbandry and four hundred and fifty acres of land whereon I live together with all within and without during about the same never the less I will and require that if my wife Judith shall live with her two youngest Vz, William and Ede on my said plantation that she shall have an equal share of the profits arising there from for her maintenance during the term of her widowhood and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and "unreadable" all and every other former testaments wills and "unreadable" and executors by me in any wise before this time named willed and bequeathed notifing and confirming this & no other to be my last will and testament in witness where of I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day and year here above written,
                                    Noble Ladd (seal)
signed sealed and published pronounced
and declared by the said Noble Ladd as
his last will and testament in presence of us 
the subscribing that is to say
Andrew Robinson
Edward Thompson
Peggy Thompson

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