“In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Hamilton of the County of Orange and State of North Carolina, being Sick and weak in body, But of sound and perfect Mind and Memory, thanks be given to God, & calling to mind the mortality of my Body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul unto the hands of Almighty God that gave it & my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors & touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this World, I give Dismiss & dispose of in the following manner and form — First.  Item I give & bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Martha Hamilton all my personal property during her natural life to be hers & at her disposal at her death.  Also I give and bequeath unto her the said Martha Hamilton the House I now live in, & also one third of the profits of all my Lands during her natural life — Second, Item I give & bequath to my two Sons James Hamilton & John Hamilton all my Lands with the above incumbrance, to be equally divided between them according to Valuation & each of them paying to my Son William Hamilton one hundred & fifty dollars — In Witness whereof I the said Joseph Hamilton have hereunto set my hand and Seal to this my last Will and Testament the thirtieth day of May in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Eighteen First consulting my trusty friends William Pickett & Archibald Hamilton Executors of this my last Will and Testament and to see the same performed according to law & to my true intent and meaning —  Joseph Hamilton

Sign, Sealed, published pronounced & declared by the said Joseph Hamilton as his last Will & Testament in the presence of us, who in his presence & in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names —

Robert Gragson

Samuel McCaddams

Orange County August Term 1818.

The Execution of the foregoing last Will and Testament of Joseph Hamilton decd. was duly proved in Open Court by the Oath of William Gragson a Subscribing Witnesses thereto And Ordered to be recorded”

Source:

Abstract found here:

Shields, Ruth Herndon.  Abstracts of wills recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1752-1800 : and (202 marriages not shown in the Orange County marriage bonds) and Abstracts of wills recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1800-1850. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1972, 446 pgs.

Will found here:

Orange County:  Record of Wills:  1794 – 1822, Vols. C, D:  Roll #C.073.80002.  North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.  Vol. D:  Page 540.

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“In the name of God Amen I William Hamilton of Orange County and state of North Carolina being through the abundant Mercy and goodness of God tho weak in body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory do constitute this my last Will and Testament and desire it to be received of all as such.

Imprimis I most humbly bequeath my Soul to God my maker beseeching his most gracious acceptance of it through the all sufficient merits & meditation of my most compassionate redeemer Jesus Christ who gave himself to be an atonement for my Sins and is able to save to the Utermost all that come unto God by him seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them and who I trust will not reject me, a returning Penitent sinner when I come to him for mercy in this hope and confidence I render up my Soul, with comfort, humbly beseeching the most blessed and glorious trinity, one God most holy most merciful and gracious, to prepare me for the time of my dissolution, and then to take me to himself into that peace and rest, and incomparable felicity, which he has prepared for those that Love and fear his holy Name, Amen, Blessed be god, Imprimis, I Give my body to the Earth from whence it was taken in full asssurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day as for my burial I desire it may be decent at the discretion of my Children, as to my worldly estate, I Order a Vendue to be made and all movables to be sold and then the money of my former Vandue and when all my Debts are collected I Order it to be divided into five equal parts Item I Give to my loving Daughter Elisabeth two full parts out of the five, and the other three parts to be equally divided between my other three Daughters, Jean, Margaret, & Nancy, I also constitute my son Joseph Hamilton and Thomas Bradford, Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and Trustees for my Daughters

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand Seal this 2nd day of June in the year of our Lord 1791

William Hamilton

Test

William Bradford

D. Bradford

State of North Carolina

Orange County – Feb Term

The Execution of the above last Will and Testament of William Hamilton Deceased was duly proven in open Court by the Oaths of William Bradford and D. Bradford the two subscribing witnesses thereto and Ordered to be recorded

Abner B. Bruce C. Ct.”

Source:

Abstract found here:

Shields, Ruth Herndon.  Abstracts of wills recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1752-1800 : and (202 marriages not shown in the Orange County marriage bonds) and Abstracts of wills recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1800-1850. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1972, 446 pgs.

Will found here:

Orange County:  Record of Wills:  1752 – 1795, Vols. A, B:  Roll #C.073.80001.  North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.  Vol. B:  Page 149d

Purchased by me from Strictly by Name.