In the name of God amen —–

I, Benjamin Sellers, in Edgecombe County, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God therefore, and knowing that it is appointed for man once to die, I do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament.  That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God (to) bless me with I give, devise, dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

Item — I give to my beloved wife, Sarah, use of the plantation which I now live upon during her life and after her decease I give the plantation and two-hundred acres of land to it to my youngest son, Simon Sellers and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever; and if he should die without heir, then ye land shall fall to my son, Jeckonias and his heirs lawfully begotten forever.

Item — I give to my son, Elisha Sellers, to value of five shillings.

Item — I give to my son, Benjamin Sellers, to value of five shillings.

I likewise constitute, ordain and make my wife and William Dortch my only and sole executors of this Last Will and Testament and ye remaining part of my estate I do leave to be equally divided between my wife and her children now living with her and I do hereby disavow, revoke and anull [sic] all and every other former testament, wills, requests and executors by me in any ways before this time named, willed and bequeathed, ratified and confirming this — no other — to be my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this third day of January , 1761.


Benj Sellers



Robert Thompson


Cattren Sellers


Matthew Sellers

Executors qualified

Transcription from the book, Some Descendents of William Sellers Who Was In Tarboro, North Carolina, in 1750, compiled by Clark Heaslett Watters and Elizabeth Stone Watters, published in 1974, page 389, found on the website, FamilySearch (, accessed 5 February 2021.

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