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Thomas Matthews
Will Transcript

Thomas Matthews Will - dated August 17th, 1785
Chatham Co, NC, Wills and Estates, Vol. 1, pg. 20(b), 21
NC State Archives film # C. 022.50001

In the Name of God Amen.  I Thomas Matthews of the county of Chatham in the State of North Carolina being weak in Body but of sound memory blessed be God, do this day, August the seventeenth in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Eighty five make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say,

First  I give to my Daughter Sarah Morgan one Shilling Sterling

Also I give and bequeath to my son William Matthews one Shilling Sterling

Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Griffith one Shilling Sterling

Also I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Matthews one Shilling Sterling

Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Matthews one Shilling Sterling

Also I give and bequeath to my son Ezekiel Matthews one Shilling Sterling

Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Margaret McDade one Shilling Sterling

Also I give and bequeath to my loving wife Margaret Matthews all my goods chattels and personal Estate such as Horses Cattle Hogs and Household furniture all my farming and carpenters Tools during her life and after her death I leave unto Ezekiel Matthews two oldest Daughters* to them their Heirs and assigns forever and I make and ordain my Loving Wife Sole Executrix of this my Will in trust for the intents and purposes in this my Will Contained in Witness whereof I the said Thomas Matthews have to this my last Will and Testament Set my hand and seal this Day and year above written in the presence of us...

George Hobson
Jese Hobson
Adam Moffitt
Signed Thomas (his X mark) Matthews (Seal)
A Copy Test John Ramsey, C.C.

* Ezekiel's two oldest daughters are: Elizabeth and Rebecca


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