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Cumberland County, N Carolina
In the name of God, amen I Joseph Matthews of Cumberland County and state of North Carolina being very sick but of sound mind and good memory and knowing it is appointed for all men to die I do make and ordain this as my last will and testament revoking all other wills heretofore by me maid.
Item my will and desire is for all my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid and discharged.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Matthews five shillings to him and his hers for Ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Martha Smith five shillings to her and to herrs for Ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Matthews five shillings to him and to his herrs for Ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hester Johnson five shillings to her and to herrs for Ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Hardy Matthews the whole of my carpenter tools and likewise the brandy that he is owing of me to pay my just debts out of and what remains to be for his own use to him and to his hirss for Ever.
Item I give and bequeath unto Daughter Pleasant Thomas five shillings to her and to her hers for Ever.
Item I give and bequeath unto Matthew Jinks one filley and to his and to his hers for Ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my Dear and well beloved wife Ann Matthews one bed and furniture thirteen head of hogs, six head of cattle, five head of sheep, one chest, and churn, one saddle and bridle, and one pr. of sheep shears, one hundred and fifty acres of land lying and being in the county of Cumberland and adjoining Solomon Parke's line and Simon Johnston and the line formerly called Hart's line, all the aforesaid articl above mentioned
I give unto my wife during her natural life or widowhood and after her death or marriage, then to be equally divided between her four sons, Joseph Jinks, Matthew Jinks, Burrell Jinks, and John Jinks to them and to their heirs forever.
Solomon Parck (+) Joseph (HM) Matthews
Henry Knight (seal)
Francis (+) Dorton
Joseph Matthews' Will
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