March 8, 2014

Will of James Hutchison, 1795

My 7th great maternal grandfather, James Hutchison, wrote his will in Orange County, NC and dated it February 1796. He died less than a year later, noting in his will that he was "in a low state of health".





In the name of God amen, I James Hutchison of Orange County and State of North Carolina being in a low state of health but of perfect mind and memory and knowing it is appointed by God for all men once to die, do make ordain and constitute this my last will and testament.

First I give and bequeath my love to almighty God in hopes to receive the same at the general resurrection and my body to be buried in a Christian-like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named. And as for such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath the followeth (to wit)

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margreat one mare known by the name of Tory, one cow and calf, my best feather bed and furniture, iron ? and my house, shelf and all my pewter  one pot and pot hooks and my walnut chest.

Item I give and bequeath to my son Samuel ten pounds currency

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Margreat Thelly ten pounds currency.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Lineh ten pounds currency.

Item I give and bequeath to my sons James and Ross the plantation I now live on to be divided in an equal manner according to quantity and quality and all and every part of my estate after paying the above legacyes and all my just debts and my funeral expenses and be it further known that my will is that my wife Margreat and her property is to be supported the term of her life out of the profits arising from my plantation and is not to be molested in possession of the house I now live in during the term of her life and I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Margreat and my beloved son James to be my whole Executors to this my last will and testament in witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 2 day of September 1795.

James Hutchison

Signed sealed as my last will and testament in presence of 
Wm Mebane, John McCory Jurat, Judah Griffith
Recorded February 1796

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