In the name of God Amen, the tenth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and Sixty One I Archilaus Saxon of the County and Garris of Halifax, being very sick and low but of a perfect mind and memory thanks be to almighty God for it. I do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament in name and form following First I Recommend my Soul to God that Gave it me and then my Body to be Deacently Buried in a Christian like and Deacant manner at the Descretion of my Executors and for what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bestow on me after my Debts first paid and my funeral charges Discharged I Dispose of the same in manner and form following to witt
Item I give to my Loving Brother Benjamin Saxon one negro boy named Ned aged about six years to his proper use if in case that the sd. Benjamin Saxon shall make proper Right and Title of the said piece of Land and Plantation that Richd. Hopson Did Live on and the said Archelous Saxon Did purchase of Benjamin Saxon It [ ] Desire that if the said Benjamin Saxon refuses to make a Good Wright of the said Land upon the payment of 13 pounds 15 shillings good Money by Charles Saxon to Benjamin Saxon my Will is that then the said negro boy to be Charles Saxons to his proper use forever and also leave to my brother Charles Saxon 13L..”15S good Money to Discharge the same to Benjamin Saxon and if Benjamin Saxon is willing to make a good Wright of the Land to Charles Saxon that then the Negro to remain [hisin] and the Land to be Charles Saxons to him and his Assigns forever.
Item I give to my Loving [here the is a carrot mark, but nothing was inserted] Bennajah Saxon One Piece of Land Lying on Bear Marsh and the North side of Bever Dam Containing by Estimation one hundred and fifty Acres to him and his Assigns for ever and also leave to my God Daughter Tempe Saxon the Daughter of Bennajah Saxon and Sarah his wife one Negro boy named jacob now in possession [missing]ather and my desire is that he shall be Delivered to my brother [missing]h Saxon untill she arive to the age of fifteen then to be [missing] the said Tempe Saxon to her Proper use forever and if she [missing]ried then he shall be equally Divided amongst [missing] and Sisters.
Item [I] give to Brother Samuel Saxon one Negro Boy named [missing]n and his Assigns and four cows and two Yearlings and I g[ive hi]m of any one of my Suits of Clothes and I also leave to Charles Saxon all my other Wearing appearul. And if there is any money left after my Debts is Paid my desire is that all my Brothers and Sisters will Get them Rings made with the two letters of my name in them and wear them forever I Lend to my brother Samuel Saxon my Horse Bridle and Saddle untill Mary [ ] having Arived to the age of fifteen years and then to be him or the Value of him in any other Horse as good as he was when he had him and She Dies without being married then the Value of him to be returned to Benjan. Saxon I give to John Brown the son of Richard Brown one piece of Land Lying in Curritac in Beauford County Containing Estimation six hundred Acres
I Acknowledge this to be my Last Will and Testament and appoint Benajah
Saxon and John Bradford my executors to this my Last Will and Testament
in Witness my Hand and Seal Signed Sealed and Delivered In presents of
us Archelus Saxon [seal]
Benjan. Merryman, John Brown Jnr., Saml. Saxon Jnr.
This Will was Exhibited in open Court and Proved by the Oaths of
Benj. Saxon & John Brown two of Subscribing Witnesses. And on Mo. Ordered
to be Recorded. at the same time Benajah Saxon & John Bradford the
Executors therein named appeared in Court and was duly Analyzed According
Test: J. Montfort
!WILL: Written 10 March 1761, proven in March court of 1761 in Halifax Co.,
North Carolina, Will Book #1, p.20-21. Will names brothers Benjamin, Charles, Samuel, Benejah and the fact that he had sisters, but they were not mentioned by name. Executors were Benajah Saxon and John Bradford. It was witnessed by Benjamin Merryman, John Brown Jnr., and Samuel Saxon Jnr.
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