I'm a visitor from the FILYAW & PHILYAW GenForums, at one of which Will Cooper posted a query about Jenette FILLAW of Bertie and Wake counties NC. I think of those counties only in the context of the FILGO family. Five years ago I ordered copies of Anthony's and David's wills, hoping to find a connection to FILYAW/PHILYAW.(I didn't.) I see that no one has posted the wills here, so I am pleased to put them to some use. Here is the will of Anthony FILGO. I'll post David's separately.
Name:ANTHONY FILGO, 1777 Bertie County Wills, 1749 to 1897 Ordered 5 Jan 1995 from NC State Archives Transcribed by Alma Roark Johnson; my comments in brackets [ ].
============== In the name of God, Amen.October the 24th, 1776
I, ANTHONY FILGO, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that is is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say first and principally and first of all I give and recommend my sould into the hands of God that gave it and my soul [crossed through] for my body recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Chrisenlike manner ath the descretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall eceive 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 I give [ ] and disspose of the same in manner and form following that is to say - - - -
I give and bequath to my dear and well beoved wife ANN all my household goods dureing her life except Marrge [marriage] an then to have her third and the remainder to my son WILLIAM and likewise I give to my son WILLIAM the plantation whereon I now live with two hundred acres of the said land and my will is that the stock of cattle and hogs be divided at my wifes pleasure at her death and give to daughter MARY LAUGHTON ten shillings and to my daughter ANN TODD ten shillings and likewise I appoint and ordain my trusty well beloved soninlaw JAMES LAUGHTON and THOMAS SLATTER to be my Executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disopell[?] and revoak all manners or forms of wills and testaments rectifiing and confirming this my last will and no other to be my last will and testament in witness wereof I have herunt set my hand and seal the day and year above written.I also give my son DAVID FILGO ten shillings.
Tsted THOS SLATTER OLIVE OXLEY ELISABETH HUGS her X mark
Bertie CountyMay fourth 1777
Proved in due form of law in open court by the oaths of THOMAS SLATTER and OLIVE OXLEY two of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded.