JOHN BATTLE

 

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN: I John Battle of the County of Edgecombe and Province of North Carolina being week [sic] in body but of sound and perfect memory, do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say.

Imprimis.  I give and bequeath to my son William Battle one hundred and forty acres of land and plantation thereon lying on the North side of Swift Creek (it being the Land that I bought from Thos. Floyd) also a negro fellow named Dick, a negro woman named Tiney and four children to wit, Stephen, Davie, Viney and Frank, to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son John Battle, a negro fellow named Joe, a negro woman named Aggy, a negro Boy named Ned, a negro girl named Creasy and 1 Bed and furniture, to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son James Battle a negro fellow named Nat, a negro woman Sue, a negro boy named Moses and a negro Boy named Balaam and a feather bed to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give my said son James Battle a negro girl named Patunia, to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my said son William Battle a negro man named Sam, two negro women Lucy and Jinny (provided he allows my daughter Sarah Battle a sufficient maintenance for life) to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to daughter Amery Bell, one hundred Pounds procl. a Bed and furniture to her, her heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my said son John Battle a Negro boy named Isaac to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my said son William Battle, a negro fellow named Robin, a negro woman called Judy, a Sorrell horse, bridle and saddle to him, his heirs and assigns forever, also I give my said Wm. Battle a negro woman known by the name of young Judy (provided he maintains my Sister Elizabeth Battle for and during her life in a sufficient manner free from want) to him, his heirs and assigns forever. 

Item.  I give to John Battle (son of my said son John Battle) one hundred and forty five acres of Land and plantation lying on the south side of the poplar swamp in Sussex County, Va., and a negro Boy named Charles to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give to my grand-son Ephraim Battle, thirty pnds. procl. money to him and his heirs.

Item.  I give to my said son William Battle all my Hoggs [sic] to him, his heirs assigns forever.

The remainder of my Estate I give equally among my five children (to wit) William Battle, James Battle, John Battle, Amery Bell and Sarah Battle, I do constitute and appoint my son William Battle and my trusty friend William Hill Executors to this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd. day of January, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and seventy four.

John Battle (Seal)

Signed, sealed and acknowledged

by the said John Battle as his last

will and testament.

W. S. Meares.

Jas. Battle.

Fra. Tompson.

Transcription from the book, The Battle Book: A Genealogy of the Battle Family in America, written by Herbert Bemerton Battle and Lois Yelverton, pages 33-34, found on the website, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org), accessed 15 February 2021. 

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