IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN.I ELEAZAR ALLEN, of New Hanover County, in the province of North Carolina, being in perfect health and of sound mind & memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament.
I most humbly bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God, my Creator, the Infinite Father of Mercies, trusting in the alone Merits of his Son our blessed Lord and Saviour, for pardon of my Sins, and through his Mediation and Intercession hoping to be found acceptable at the last day.My Body I commit to the grave to be decently interred, attending a joyful resurrection:For such worldly goods as it has pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of them as follows:
Imps.I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be first, fully paid, discharged and satisfied out of my estate.
Item.I give devise and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved wife SARAH ALLEN, all the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal, wheresoever lying and being which I am now possessed of or shall be possessed of at the time of my decease.And to her Executr:, Administrs, Assignes forever, to be disposed by her as she shall think proper.Neverless, It is my desire and request unto my said Wife that she will by her last will and testamt. give devise and bequeath, unto my two Nephews, and Neice, WILLIAM DANIEL and CATHERINE WILLARD, children of JOSIAH WILLARD, Esqr., of Boston, by my sister CATHERINE WILLARD, All that part of my Estate by me acquired, (and exclusive of what she shall be possessed, by Will, deed, or any writing whatsoever, from her Mother SARAH TROTT of South Carolina) which she shall dye possessed of, or the vallue thereof; first deducting my debts, and funeral charges out of the same, to be equally divided between my said nephews and neice or the survivers of them, not doubting but she will fulfill this my request.
Item.I do hereby constitute and appoint my said loving wife SARAH ALLEN sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, desiring my good friends, Mr. JAMES HASSELL and NATHAN RICE Esqrs., to assist her in the settlement of my affairs to the utmost of the power.And lastly I do hereby revoke and annull all former wills by me made.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of January in the year of our Lord 1742.
ELEAZAR ALLEN (SEAL)
Signd, Seal'd, published and declar'd in the presence of us, SUSANN HASELL, JAS. HASELL, E. MOSELEY.
His widow, SARAH ALLEN's will is quite extensive ~ Dated 28th day of January 1761.
Briefly:"....my body I commit to the Earth to be decently burried, at the discretion of my Executors, as near the remains of my late husband as may be, so as not to hurt the foundation of his tomb, which was bestowed on him by my beloved niece Mrs. SARAH FRANKLAND."
"Item.It is my will that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently may be after my decease, hoping that THOMAS FRANKLAND, my said nieces's husband, (whose mortgage on the said ELEAZER ALLEN's Estate may perhaps go near to Swallow the whole) will not avail himself of that mortgage so as to cut off the just demands of my other creditors."
"... beloved niece, Mrs. SARAH FRANKLAND, my wedding ring (plain gold) as a particular mark of my affection and a memento of my conjugal happiness, not doubting hers is equal, and may it be as lasting."
"... beloved niece, Mrs. MARY JANE DRY, I give and bequeath my gold watch, not of modern taste but an excellent piece of mechanism, the gold chain and all the trinkets belonging thereto to be worn in remembrance of her affectionate Aunt, who living or dying wishes her happiness."
"... beloved nieces, daughters of my Sister Moore, viz., Mrs. SARAH SMITH, of Charlestown; Mrs. MARY HARLSTON, same place; and Mrs. ANN SWANN, of Cape Fear, I give a mourning ring to each of them..."
"... beloved grand niece, Miss MARY FRANKLAND, I give and bequeath my silver chased tea kettle and cream pot and lamp, as also my walnut tree fineered Tea chest containing three pieces of plate chased as the tea kettle, in the form of urns for tea and sugar which I beg she will accept..."
"Item.I give to my grand niece, Miss HARIET FRANKLAND, my largest silver waiter as a small instance of my affectionate remembrance of her, accompanied with my blessing."
"Item.I give to my dear grand niece, Miss REBECCA DRY,... dozen tea spoons and strainer in a black Shagreen case, almost new, designed to accompany an eight sided silver coffee pot, put into her possession when I went to England in the year 1756 which I also give to her together with a Shagreen writing stand quite new to encourage her in that part of her education, in which she seems to be making graat progress."
"Item.I give to my beloved Mrs. MARY JANE DRY my silver sauce pan."
"Item.I give to my beloved grand niece Miss SUSANNAH HASELL a mohogony dressing table and a little gilt smelling bottle."
"Item.I give to my beloved grand niece MARY HASELL a little mohogony tea chest..."
"Item.I give all the books of modern taste which I shall die possessed of to my grand nieces before mentioned--REBECCA DRY and SUSANAH HASELL, to be divided between them as equally as setts can be.And it is my further request that the books thus bequeathed may be kept for their use and behoof only, not to be lent out and by that means the Sets may be broke before they can use them.
She goes on to will her wearing apparel to her nieces and esteemed friend, Mrs. DeRossett, Senr., to be disposed of as in their judgment shall seem meet.
To her generous and constand friend, WILLIAM DRY, Esquire, a mourning ring in testimony of his invarrying goodness to her.
"Lastly I nominate and appoint my Friends, JAMES MURRAY and WILLIAM DRY, Esquires, and HENRY HYRNE, Gent., Executors of this my last will in this province and in case of the decease of one or two of them I do nominate and appoint first FREDERICK JONES of the Oak, Gent., and next BENJAMIN HYRNE, Gent., to supply the place of such Ex'or or Ex'ors decd and I do further nominate and appoint WILLIAM BAMPFIELD of South Carolina, Merchant, Executor of this Will as to that part of my Estate which lies in South Carolina."
In Testimony whereof I have set my Hand and Seal unto this my last Will consisting of two pages this 28th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Sixty-one.
SARAH ALLEN (SEAL)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the Testatrix, SARAH ALLEN, as and for her last Will and Testament in presence of us who at her request and in presence of each other have subscribed our names hereto, GEORGE MOORE; ELIZ. CATH. DeROSSETT; JAMES COLSON.
WILMINGTON 1 April, 1761.The within written will of SARAH ALLEN, decd., was duely proved before me by the Oath of GEORGE MOORE, one of the subscribing Witnesses thereto:At the same time JAMES MURRAY and WILLIAM DRY qualified before me as Executors of the within written Will.--Let Letters Testamentary issue thereon to the said JAMES MURRAY and WILLIAM DRY accordingly.ARTHUR DOBBS.
These are to Certefy that HENRY HYRNE took the oath of an Executor to the within will before me the 21st February, 1763.FRED'K GREGG, J.P.
Recorded in Will Book 8, page 193, Office of the Secretary of State.