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Following is my transcription of the will of Strangeman Hutchins. His daughter Jane married Atha Barnett. Their son, Atha Barnett, married Margaret Mendenhall 12/19/1813 at "Mendinghall's MM" in Green Co., OH. I have made two notes (in brackets) and the rest is translation with spelling etc. intact. The original copy came from the probate Archives, State of NC. He is a (great-) grandfather to a Mendenhall (decendant). It is so delightful that he was really upset with son-in-law!! and that the problem lives 200 years later!

Last Will and Testament

I Strangman Hutchens Surry county and State of North Carolina
being desirous to settle my outward estate while in my sound sences
and memory & to prevent disputes after my death do make this my
last will and Testament in manner following~~~~~~~
First I give to my Beloved wife Elizabeth (Cox) Hutchens all my Personal
Estate not hereafter given to any of my children or
grandchildren hereafter named to dispose of as she may think
proper amongst my children and grandchildren~~~~~
2ly it is my will and Desire that John Stanley shall have the tract of
land he now lives on containing seventyfive acres being in the
county abovesaid for his own Property provided he pay me or
my Executor the sum of twentyfive pounds Virginia money
by or before the twenty fifth day of december anno 1792
agreeable to a verbil contract made between him the said
John Stanley and myself. If the money is not paid by that
time~~then it is my desire that my son Benjamin Hutchens
sall have the said seventyfive acres of land By setling and
paying some demands that are against me in Virginia and
paying the Ballance of the above mentioned sum of
twentyfive pounds Virginia money to his mother.~~~~~~
3ly I lend to my Daughter Mary Brooks a tract of land containing
fifty five acres lying in goochland county in Virginia it being
the land whereon my said daughter Mary now lives during her
her natureal life provided she lives seperate and apart from
her husband Samuel Robert Brooks it is not my intent the
said Brooks should live on my land or have any part of my
estate whatever & after the death of my said Daughter Mary
then I give the said fifty five acres of land to my grand
Daughter Elizabeth Stanley Daughter of my said daughter
Mary Brooks to her & her heiers forever
4ly I lend to my daughter Edith Stanley one feather Bed which she
has now in posession during her natural life and then I give
the said Bed to my grandson John Hutchens Stanley.
5thly it is my will and desire that whatever I have already given to my
sons and Daughters hereafter Named the same remain in their
posession forever (To Wit) John Nicholis Thomas and
Benjamin Hutchens Mary Brooks Edith Stanley
Obedience Harding and Jean Barnett (aka Jane)
and last I appoint my son Benjamin Hurchens Executor to this my
last will and testament Revokeing all wills heretofore made
By me in Witness whereof I have hereunto sit my hand and
seal this 23th day of ye 11th month 1791
Signed seald publised and declaired the last will and
Testament of Strangman Hutchens in
Presants of}
Jonas Reynolds } his
Jonathan Johnson} Strangman X Hutchens
John Johnson mark

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23 May 1998
Last Will and Testament of Strangman Hutchins, 1791

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