WOODNOT, HENRY 1718
North Carolina Dec 29 1718
In the name of God amen I Henry WOODNOT of Chowan precinct in the Government
aforesaid, plantor, being sick and weak in body but of perfect sense and
sound judgment, and calling to mind my mortality do make and ordain this my
last will and testament.
Imprimis. I give and bequeath my soul unto God who gave it me to be cleansed
from all the pollutions contracted in the flesh and my body to be by my executors
decently interr’d in its mother Earth not at all doubting to receive it again at
the General Resurrection and as for what worldly estate it has pleased God to
bless me with I do give and bequeath in manner and form as follows with my debts
and funeral charges being first discharged.
First I give and bequeath unto Robert Ball and his heirs my negro man named Henry
Groon (?) to serve him the said Robert Ball of Chowan precinct in the government
aforesaid, plantor, and his heirs for ever
Item. I give and bequeath unto Isabell Ferguson the daughter of Anne Ferguson now
the wife of Robert Ball all the remainder of my estate, personal and real, all the
lands which I now possess and enjoy in this country and Virginia, my negro woman
Betty and her children and all my other moveables whatsoever to her the said Isabel
and her heirs lawfully begotten on her body for ever, but if the said Isabell dies
without heirs or before she arrives to the age of sixteen then all my estate both
moveables and immovables shall fall to Robert Ball and his children
Item. I constitute and appoint my trusty and well beloved friends Robert Ball and
Isabell Ferguson my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament
hereby revoking and making void all former wills and bequests whatsoever. In
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of
December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighteen.
Signed sealed and delivered Henry Woodnot [his mark]
in the presence of
June 29th 1719
Arthur Dugall [his mark] This day came before me James Castellaw ___
Thomas Rogers [his mark] and proved upon oath the aforesaid will.
* Sometimes spelled Woodnut or Woodnutt.
Henry came to North Carolina from Virginia in about 1714 give or take, and he
had another daughter Rebecca that married William Hudson in about 1683 in
South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia. Ann mentioned in the will
would appear to be his daughter as well. By Jack Saunders
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