Bertie County, North Carolina
22 Apr 2740
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN: the twentieth second day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & fourty, I John Battle of North Carolina the County of Bertie, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore Calling unto 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 and testament that is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of God that gave it; and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my executors 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 wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
Item. I give unto my well beloved son William one tract of land lying on Cattowaskca Swompe containing three hundred and thirty acres which I bought of John Brown, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give unto my well beloved son Jesse Battle one Negro boy named Toney and all so my Joyners and turners tooles.
Item. I lend unto my well beloved wife one negro man named Pompey during her natural life, and if in case that the child that she now goes with is a son then unto him, and if not then to that, and my two daughters Prissila Battle and my daughter Sarah Battle my Will and desire is that all the rest of my moveable estate shall be equally divided into three parts at the discretion of William Battle my brother, John Brown brother unto my wife and Mr. James Denton, wher of one parte I give unto my well beloved wife Sarah Battle and the other two to be equally divided betwext my children William Battle, Jesse Battle, Prissila Battle and Sarah Battle and that child that my wife now goes with and I do appoint my well beloved wife Sarah Battle and my brother William Battle Executors and Execkcotrix unto this my last will and testiment in witness where of I have here unto set my hand seals the Day and year above written.
J. Battle (Seal)
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said John Battle as his last will and Testament in the presence of the Subscribers.
James Griffen Jurat 1st, 2nd, 3