JAMES SANDERS/SAUNDERS Sr was my great X 5 grandfather. In the next few weeks, I will be posting some newly discovered information about his family. Information in parentheses within the will are my notes.
--In the name of God, Amen. I, JAMES SANDERS Senior of the County of Orange and Province of North Carolina, being sick and weak, but of sound disposing mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God for it, do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say.
--First, I commend my soul to almighty God who gave it me hoping through the merits of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ to attain eternal Life and my body to be decently buried in such manner as my Executors herein after named shall appoint, and as to my worldly estate and effects, I devise and bequeath in manner and form following (to wit)
--Item. I leave and bequeath to my son (Col) JAMES SANDERS the tract of land agreed upon together with the plantation he now lives on, also BACUS a negro man, and BECK a negro wench and all her issue, said BACUS' wife, likewise JESSE, JENNY and HARRY, three negroes together with the stock of all kinds and nature so ever.
--Item. I leave and bequeath to my daughter SARAH, wife of WILLIAM TRIGG a proportionable or equal share of such goods and effects as I have reserved for the use of me and my wife during our lives, and also leave and bequeath to the said SARAH TRIGG the negro wench NANN and her issue, and the negro boy DANIEL now in her the said SARAH's possession, and all the other effects I gave her at the time of her marriage.
--Item. I leave and bequeath to my daughter SUSANNAH wife of ROBERT TERRY the negro wench called BETT together with the mare, bed and cattle I gave her at the time of marriage.
--Item. I leave and bequeath to my daughter FANNY wife of WILLIAM SANDERS the elder a negro wench named JANE and her issue; a horse and saddle, bed and six head of cattle.
--Item. I leave and bequeath to my daughter CASANDRA's eldest daughter a negro girl named LILLY.
--Item. I leave and bequeath to my son (Major) RICHARD SANDERS a piece of tract of land beginning at the upper end of my plantation, and to come as low down as a Locust Bush on the river bank cross to the spring branch to an Ash, down the edge of the low ground to a spring, from that spring south to the back line; also a negro man called BOB and a negro girl named SHADE, also a negro boy called MAJOR together with a horse, a sorrell mare and six head of cattle.
--Item. I leave and bequeath to my son (Capt) WILLIAM SANDERS a piece or tract of land beginning at my son JAMES' and ending at my son RICHARD'S tract together with a negro lad called CHARLES, and a negro girl called DELEH and a negro boy called RANDALL also a horse and a gray mare with six head of cattle. (Capt WILLIAM SANDERS was the father of ROMULUS MITCHELL SAUNDERS)
--Item. I leave and bequeath to my grandson JEREMIAH TERRY son my daughter SUSANNAH a negro boy named TIM.
--Item. I leave and bequeath the mill stones and utinsils thereunto belonging, also the still to be for the use of my son JAMES' plantation and the plantaion whereon I live, and likewise the wagon for the use of the plantation whereon I now dwell.
--Item. It is my will that all the goods and effects I die possessed of except the Bequests and Legacies herein mentioned, shall be equally divided between my daughters SARAH, SUSANNAH, FANNY, and CASSANDRA.
--Item. It is my will that the stock of hoggs (sic) shall at the time of division be equally divided between my sons RICHARD and WILLIAM SANDERS.
--In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, acknowledging this to be my last Will and Testament, this 28th day of February in the year of our Lord Christ, one thousand seven hundred and seventy six 1776 and I appoint my son JAMES SANDERS, RICHARD SANDERS and WILLIAM TRIGG my executors of this my last Will and Testament
Signed, sealed & delivered in presence of us
ROBIN (ROBERT?) TERRY
May court 1776 The execution of the within will was duly proved in open court by the oath of JAMES SANDERS one of the subscribing witnessed thereto and ordered to be recorded.
F. Nash C C (clerk of the court)
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