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Benjamin Manning
Bertie County, NC, November 30, 1784

In the name of God Amenthis thirtieth day of November one thousand seven hundred and eighty four I Benjamin Manning of Bertie County and state of North Carolina being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and 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 commend my soul into the hands of God that give it and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the direction of my executor and as for my worldly estate wherewith it please God to bless me, I give devise and dispose of in the following manner and form Viz,

I giveand bequeath to my beloved wife Phereby Manning one feather bed and furniture one cow and calf and one gray mare with poney and saddle

I giveto my son Hilery Manning all my wearable clothes and I give to my daughter Pricilla Bentley five pounds specie to be paid out of my estate by my executors and I give to my daughter Mary Aires thirty five pounds to be paid as aforesaid and I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Manning a parcel of land lying in Martin County on Gardener's Creek it being the land I bought of Edmund Smithwick to him and his heirs I also give to my son Benjamin two heifers that are called his and one gun --- turn over ---

ItemI give to my two sons Luke and John Manning my land whereon I now live the part that I had by my father to Luke and I bought of Burnam to John to them & their heirs

ItemI give to my son Luke one cow and one heifer that are called his and one young bay mare

I giveto my son John Manning one cow & calf that are called his and one feather bed & furniture

ItemI give to my beloved wife Phereby Manning the lower part of the ridge that my house stands on, that is to say a straight line from the branch betwixt that ridge and the ridge I bought of Burnam to the great swamp north to Hairs [?] field so as to take the house into her part. I also bind to my wife afores'd the that part of the ridge I had of Burnam which I have given to my son John, that is next to the landing as far as near to the houses that are on that ridge so as to leave the houses on the other part During her widowhood and no longer and as to the rest of my estate of every kind whatsoever or that is not already mentioned I give it to my four children Chloe Manning, Elizabeth Manning, Elijah Manning and Nancy Manning to be equally divided among them; although my will is that my wife Phereby Manning keep the same in her possession during her widowhood or until the children come of age; to possess the same and thereby I constitute and appoint my beloved wife Phereby Manning Executrix and John Bentley--- turn over ---

And my son Benjamin Manning Executors to this my last will & testament signed sealed published pronounced and delivered by the sd Benjamin Manning as his last will & testament the day and date abovesaid in the presents of

Benjamin Manning signature

John Hyman
William Duggan
[illegible] Hardison

Bertie County Wills, 1749-1844, Volume V, page 73,  transcribed by Cindy Smith from a photocopy in Manning and Allied Families, by Elizabeth Ann Wright, p. 4-5