Surry Co. NC Wills, August 26, 1776
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I Marshal Duncan Senr. of Surry County in N. Carolina being weak and sick in Body but of sound mind and disposing memory – calling to mind my mortality that it is appointed for man to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following first I resign my soul into the hands of God my maker through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ my redeemer and my body to the dust to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my executors and as to things of this world which it hath pleased Almighty God to lend unto me I dispose of them in the manner following Imprimis —-
I will that all my debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged by my executors hereinafter named —
Item – I give unto beloved wife Maryann Duncan the third part of all my estate to her own proper use and behoof and to be at her free disposal at her death to such of my children as she shall think proper —
Item – my will and desire is that the other two thirds of my estate be at my death equally divided among my eleven children Viz. John Duncan, Maryann Duncan, Wm. Duncan, Ann Duncan, Marshal Duncan, Thomas Duncan, Rice Duncan, Charles Duncan, Joseph Duncan, Robert Duncan, James Duncan or to the surviving among them —
Lastly I do constitute and appoint my son John Duncan and William Hill executors to this my last will & testament Signed with my hand and sealed with my seal this twenty six day of August one thousand seven hundred and seventy six.
Signed sealed published and declared to be the last will & testament of Marshal Duncan in presence of John Duncan, Charles Duncan, William Hill.
/s/ Marshal + Duncan (seal)
NORTH CAROLINA Surry County May Court 1777 William Hill one of the subscribing witnesses to the within last will & testament of Marshal Duncan made oath that he saw the said Marshal Duncan publish & declare the same to be his last will & testament that he was of sound disposing mind & memory and that at the same time he saw John Duncan & Charles Duncan sign the same as witnesses and on motion it was ordered to be recorded.
Recorded accordingly by J.P. Williams, Clerk.