Will of Jacob Stutts

In the name of God amen, the twenty third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six, I Jacob Stutts of Moore County and State of North Carolina being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for the same therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to dye and after death to judgement I leave and bequeath my goods and chattels in manner and form as follows –

First, I recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it believing I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God at the day of judgment and my body to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors

imprimis I have and bequeath to beloved wife Elizabeth Stutts the land and plantation whereon I now live without [___paries] thereon containing two hundred acres of lands during her widowhood and to befound every year out of my estate ten bushels of wheat and thirty bushels of Indian corn if she should need the same one feather bed and furniture and a side saddle and a chest during her lifetime—

Item. I have and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Furr my daughter five shillings current money to be paid out of my estate.

Item. I leave and bequeath to my daughter Susanna Spivy five shillings current money to be paid out of my estate.

Item. I leave and bequeath to my daughter Mary Furr five shillings to be paid out of my estate.

Item. I leave and bequeath to my beloved sons Jacob Stutts, John Stutts, Christian Stutts, Leonard Stutts five shillings current money for each of them to be paid out of my estate.

Item. I leave and bequeath to my son Henry Stutts the land and plantation whereon I now live containing two hundred acres after his mothers time on this place.

Item. I leave to my daughter Cathrine one feather bed and furniture one cow and three head of sheep and as for my stock of all kinds I leave to my wife after paying my just debts during her widowhood and likewise all my household furniture I leave to my wife during her widowhood and if she should marry during her life if she should marry for everything to be sold and equally divided among all my children and my wife and I do hereby [dis___] all other other wills legacies or bequest by me made theretofore acknowledging this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

Signed sealed renounced and declared by the said Jacob Stutts who in the presence of each of us saw him assign the same

Jacob Stutts {seal}

in the presence of
Averet Smith
Stephen Richison
Jacob Cagle

I hereby appoint Averet Smith and my wife Executors of this my last will.


Moore County, Nov. Term 1796
The above will was duly proved in open Court by the oaths of Stephen RIchison a subscribing witness and ordered to be recorded.

M. Bryde, CC.


Source: Will Book, Superior Court, volume 1, page 189/39 and 190/40, Moore County, North Carolina



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