LAST WILL OF THOMAS DEVANE
In the name of God Amen. The Twentieth day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and sixty five. I Thomas Devane of Black River, in the Provence of North Carolina, gent, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God therefor, calling to mind the mortality of the body and knowing that it 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 into the hand of God that gave it; for my body, I recommend it to the earth, to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting, but, at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God; and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life with, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
Impremis. It is my will and I do order, that in the first place all of my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied
Item: It is my will, that my dearly beloved wife Margaret enjoy the use of all my estate during her widowhood, except my land on Long Creek, which I give to my well beloved son John Devane.
Item: I give to my well beloved son Thomas Devane, the plantation on Black River, whereon I now live, after the marriage of my wife Margaret.
Item: It is my will that at the decease or marriage of my wife Margaret the remainder of my estate, except one shilling sterling money of Great Britain, which I give to my well beloved daughter, Margaret Jones, and no more, be valued and divided equally in five parts; to my son John Devane one part; and to my son Thomas Devane one part; and to my daughter, Mary Corbett one part; and to James Portevents dec. children one part in money, to be raised and levied out of my estate, and to be equally divided among them.
Item: I likewise constitute, make and ordain my well beloved sons John Devane and Thomas Devane and Thomas Corbett my Executors of this my last will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testament, wills, legacies and executors by me, in any ways before this time, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Thomas Devane (Seal) mark
Signed, sealed, published pronounced and declared, by the said Thomas Devane as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers etc.
Nicholas Fannell (Seal) mark
Will of Thomas Devane, May 20, 1765, probated 1779 New Hanover County, North Carolina