Will of John Harris

Submitted by: Dennis Ward


The following was provided by Joanne Grant - Tyner Researcher The following is a translation of the Will of John Harris,
Will Book 2, page 48, written 10th (or 16th) of December, 1711

In the Name of God Amen I Jno Harris in ye County of Albemarle, in ye pecint (sic) of Chowan, in ye province of North Carolina planter being sick & weak in Body but in perfect sound mind & memory Doe (sic) make this my last will & Testimony revoking all other wills verbal or writeing made before by me I Commit my Soul to almight God that Gave itt (sic)me & my body to ye Dust from whence it came to be Decently buried according to ye rules of ye Christian burial in full & certain hopes of ye Glorious resurrection att ye last day & as for all my personal & real Estate wch(sic) itt hath pleased Godd to Endew me withall I bequeith(sic) * bestowe as followeth, after my Debts is paid & my funeral Expenses is Discharged I Give & bequeith unto Harris, ye son of Sarah Tiner, ye plantation whereon I now Dwell & all ye land belonging to itt, after my wifes Decease when he shall Come to ye Age of twenty one years to him ye sd (sic) Harris & to ye heirs of his Body Lawfully begotten for ever, not to Sell any part or parcel whatsoever Likewise I Give unto Harris, ye Son of sarah Tiner my Gunn & also my proper marke after my Decease which is a crope & Slite in ye right year(sic) & a swallow forke in ye left years(sic) I Give & bequeith unto William ye son of Sarah Tiner two plantations Leying(sic) on ye head of Machacomack Creek call by ye name of ye holes with all ye land thereunto belonging to ye sd William & the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for ever, to be possessed when he shall Come to ye Age of twenty-one years not to Sell no pt(sic) nor parcel of it whatsoever & if any one of these Sons of Sarah Tiner, Either Harris or william Dye before they Come of ye Age of twenty one years without heirs of their Body lawfully begotten then it is my Desire ye Land of him that Dyes Shall to Sarah ye Daughter of Sarah Tiner for a Legace to ye said Sarah & to ye heirs of her body lawfully begotten for ever & if ye said Sarah ye Daughter of Sarah Tyner Dye without heirs lawfully begotten then ye Land to fall to ye son that=92s living & to ye heirs of his body lawfully be-gotten for Ever. Likewise, I Give unto Sarah ye Daughter of Sarah Tiner one young gray mare runing in Rootahock(?) neck with all her Increase to ye sd Sarah & her heirs for Ever I Give & bequeith unto Sarah Tiner one plantation & all ye tract of land belonging to itt lying in Rookahock(?) neck is nowne(sic) by name of Jno Fryers to ye said Sarah Tyner & her heirs for Ever & as for my personal Estate my stock & housall Goods I bestow as followeth I give & bequeith unto my loving wife, Mildred Harris, ye one half of Estate During her life & all ye rest of my Estate moveables & Im-moveables I Give & bequeith as legace unto Harris & William ye sons of Sarah Tiner to be equally & farely (sic) devided(sic) between them ye ______ Harris & William when they Shall arive to the age of Eighteen years. & I Doe here Impute Constitute & appoint my true & Trusty friends, Jno Mixon & Sarah Tiner to be my whole & Sole Exectr & Extrx of this my last will and Testamt(sic).

In witness hereof I have fixed my hand & Seal this 10 (16?) Day of December 1711 his Signed Sealed & Delivered in ye John x Harris presence of us mark his

Edward X Patchet mark his

John x Wells mark her

Mary X Tiner mark

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