1698 Will of Richard Baker

1698 Will of Richard Baker

Richard Baker (I) died in 1698. His will divided his property (land, slaves, and livestock) among his children and his sons-in-law. He left Archdale Hall Plantation to his eldest son Edward. However, Edward did not live to inherit so his brother William received the plantation. Below is a transcribed copy of the will.

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                                          Will of
                                    Richard Baker

In ye Name of God Amen I richard Baker of this province Esqr be-
ing Sick of Body but of Sound Judm.t & perfect Memory praised be
to almighty God for ye Same & knowing ye frailty of this Mortal
Life do make this my last Will & Testamt in manner & form follow-
ing Imprimis I will and Bequeath my Soul to God my Creator & my
Body to ye ground from whence it was taken there to be Interrd
in Christian manner & as for wt temporal Estate it hath Pleased
God to Endow me wth in this Province I Give & Bequeath in manner
& form following, I Give to my Son Edward this house & Plantation
Great Jack his Wife & four Children also Tom his Wife & Son, I
Give to my Son William Pegg, Andrew, little abraham & little
franck, to my Son John Mingo Ansebah her three Children & Cuddye
to my Son in Law Jno Palmer Hector his Wife daughter & ye Boy
Jammey to My Son in Law Wm Canty Negro franck & his two Children
flower & her Children to my daughter Elizabeth Negro Will his
Wife & her five Children     Negro Bek I Give to my daughter Eliz-
abeth twenty head of Cattle which sd Cattle are to be numbred
wth those my Son richard Left her, I Give twenty head of Cattle
to my Son Jno Baker & one of ye Mares To my Son in Law Wm Canty
a Stone Colt, I order ye whole Stock of Sheep to be equally di-
vided amongst my Children, I order a horse & Mare for ye Planta-
tion use I Give to my Son ye       one hundred acres whereon he
is now Settled also three hundred acres Joining upon my Son Wm
Canty I Order [?] Moreah if she doth well to my Son John Palmer I
order old robbin & old Betty for ye Plantation use I give to my
Son in Law Jno Palmer Six Cowes & Calves to my Son in Law Wm
Canty Six Cowes & Calves to my Son Wm Baker Six Cowes & Calves,
to my Son John Baker one feather Bedd I order all ye remaneing
part of my Cattle to ye Plantation use I Do hereby alsoe Nominate
ordain & appoint my Loveing Wife Elizabeth Baker Sole Executex
of this my Last Will & Testam.t disallowing of all other Wills or
Testam.ts by me or in my name made ratifying & Confirming this as
my Last Will and Testam.t In Witness I have here Sett my hand &
Seale this twenty Eight day of January Anno. Dom.   169 7/8

Wm Canty                                       Richard Baker (Seale)
James Hulbert

Recorded in Original Will Book 1687-1710
Recorded on Page 23

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