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OCTOBER 24, 1777

In the name of God, Amen, I William Whiteside, of the County of Tryon and State of North Carolina, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men out ot die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first ofall I give and recommed my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in descent Christian burial at the discretion of my executer, nothin 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 has pleased God to bless me in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth , my household goods and moveable effectsn and also my pantation during her life and after her decease al the moveables to be equally divided between my childree, Davis Whiteside & Robert & James & Margaret and William, Thomas and Samuel & Adam, and if she should depart this life before my son Francis Whiteside comes of age my children above mentioned to have the benefit of the plantation and so soon as my son Francis Whiteside comes of age he may enter in possesseion of the same for I do bequeath my land to him allowing him to pay Twenty Pounds to my daughter Ann in twelve months after he enters into possession of my plantation and also to pay to my daughter Elizabeth Twenty Pounds of the value of the land in two years after he enters into possession of said plantation and the third year he shall pay my daughter Sarah Twenty Pounds, all lawful money of North Carolina. I also give and bequeath my son James Whiteside my land on the South Mountain in Virginia, Augusta County, allowing him to pay fifteen pounds Virginia Currency towards the discharging my debts and the remainder of my debts to be paid out of moveables before divided. I also appoint and constitute my sons William Whiteside and Thomas Whiteside to be my exeuters of this my last will and testament and I do here by utterly disalow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and all executers by mein any wise before named, willed and bequeathed , ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament, In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal, this Twenty Fouth of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Seven. Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said William Whiteside as his last will and testament in the presents of us who in his presents and in the presents of each other have hereto subscribed our names.--- HIS X MARK William Whiteside--- Davis Whiteside--- James Whiteside (wits.)


Bill Navey
P. O. Box 251
Holly Ridge, NC 28445-0251
United States

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