WILL OF DANIEL PEGRAM - WARREN CO., N.C.
In the name of God Amen, I, DANIEL PEGRAM of the Province of North Carolina and County of Bute being weak in body, but of a sound sense and memory, and knowing the frailty of this life, and that it is appointed for all men once to die have thought proper to make this my Last Will and Testament. As to my body, I desire it may be decently buried when carried out of the house. My soul, I trust in the hands of my Dear Redeemer and as to my temporal affairs after my debts being paid, which debts are to be paid out of the money due to me for schooling, and the tobacco as soon as my Exctr. can get a market for the same, Thomas Miller and Allan Love & Co. being all the debts I owe, the rest of my Estate which God has blest me with I give and bequeath in manner and form following
I give to my son DANIEL PEGRAM a tract or parcel of land situate lying and being on the west side of Hobb Quarter Creek, bounded by FRANCIS RIGGIN's line and my original line, between Charles Johnston's deed and me being by estimation one hundred & forty Acres more or less and whatever was given at his marriage I now confirm, and do appoint him and my son GEORGE PEGRAM my Executors, to this my Will and to settle and discharge my debts with the two above creditors.
I give and bequeath to my son GEORGE PEGRAM one tract or parcel of land lying in both sides of Hobb Quarter Creek, bounded by FRANCIS RIGGIN's line from the Hico Road to the creek, down the creek to a branch called the Mirey branch, up the said branch to the head, thence by a line of marked trees to the original line; Thence along the old Line to the Hico Road, thence up the road to the first station being by estimation 140 acres more or less, and what was given to him at his marriage I now confirm.
I give and bequeath to my son EDWARD PEGRAM a tract or parcel of land on the south side of the Hico road bounded by the lines of ROBERT HARRIS, JAMES NICHOLSON, FRANCIS RIGGIN & GEORGE PEGRAM being by estimation 140 acres more or less & also one mare and fold, six head of cattle & also one feather bed and pair of sheets and forty shillings V. money due for his part of tobacco.
I give and bequeath to my son GIDEON PEGRAM the land whereon he resides, bounded by GEORGE PEGRAM's line, JOHNSTON's line and Hobb Quarter Creek, being by estimation 140 acres more or less, as also one black mare three years old, 4 head of cattle, 2 sows and shoats, and all the tools except the cross saw which I leave for the use of all my sons, as also the fold the sorrell mare is with fold of as also one feather bed and a pair of sheets.
As to my daughter MARY RIGGIN, having given her on her marriage what I intended, but fearing the Deed should not prove authentic, it is my desire that she keep everything given at that time with out molestation or control
I leave in the possession of my wife all the rest of my Estate (except a sorrell horse colt two years old which colt I give to my daughter SALLY PEGRAM, and the fold the sorrel mare is now with fold of, which fold is already given to my son GIDEON which estate of stock and household furniture I desire she may not be molested in during her life, and I likewise desire she may live and have this place for her place of abode during her life, and her daughters SALLEY and PATTEY PEGRAM to live with her while married, the land that I joined in taking up and surveying with JOSEPH RIGGIN, I give to my daughters SALLEY and PATTEY PEGRAM, to be equally divided between them by my Exctr the part adjoining to THOMAS BELL, to SALLEY PEGRAM the part on Little Creek to PATTEY PEGRAM, and at the death of my wife it is my desire that the stock and household furniture be equally divided between my two daughters SALLEY & PATTEY PEGRAM except the sorrell mare of which mare and her increase I give to my daughter PATTEY PEGRAM , and I revoke and annul all other gifts heretofore made and do acknowledge this to be my Last Will and Testament. Given and acknowledged under my hand and seal this 15th day of November 1776.