J. Bryan Grimes, NORTH CAROLINA WILLS AND INVENTORIES (1912)
"In the Name of God Amen. I, Jno Harris, in ye County of Albemarle, in ye precinct of Chowan, in ye province of North Carolina, planter, being sick & weak in body, but of perfect sound mind & memory, Doe make this my last will & Testimony, revoking all other wills, verbal or writeing, made before by me, I Committ my Soul To almighty God that Gave itt me; & my body to ye Dust from whence itt came, to be Decently buried according to ye rules of ye Christian burial, in full & certain hopes of ye Glorious resurrection att ye last day; & as for all my personal and real Estate wch itt hath pleased God to Endew me withall I bequith & bestowe as followeth, after my Debts is paid & my funeral Expences is Discharged.
.....I Give and bequeith unto Harris, ye Son of Sarah Tiner, ye plantation wheron I now Dwell & all ye land belonging to itt, after my wifes Decease, when he shall Come to ye Age of twenty one years, to him ye sd. Harris, & to ye heirs of his Body lawfully begotten for ever, not to Sell any part or parcel w'tsoever, Likewise, I Give unto Harris, ye Son of Sarah Tiner, my Gunn & also my proper marke after my Decease, which is a crope and Slite in ye right year and a swallow forke in ye left yeare.
.....I give & bequiett unto William, ye son of Sarah Tiner, two plantations leying on ye head of Machacomack Creek, call by ye name of ye holes, with all ye land thereunto belonging, to ye sd. William, & the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for ever, to be possessed when he shall Come to ye Age of twenty one years, not to Sell no pt. nor parcel of it w'tsoever; & if any one of these Sons of Sarah Tiner, Either Harris or William, Dye before they Come to ye Age of twenty one years without heirs of their Body lawfully begotten, then it is my Desire ye land of him that Dyes Shall to Sarah, ye Daughter of Sarah Tiner, for a legace to ye said Sarah & to ye heirs of her body lawfully begotten for ever; & if ye said Sarah, ye Daughter of Sarah Tiner, Dye without heirs lawfully begotten, then ye land to fall to ye son that's living & to ye heirs of his body lawfully begotten for Ever. Likewise, I Give unto Sarah, ye Daughter of Sarah Tiner, one young Gray mare runing in ye rockahock neck, with all her Increase, to ye sd. Sarah & her heirs for Ever.
.....I Give & bequeith unto Sarah Tiner one plantation & all ye tract of land belonging to itt, lying in Rockahock neck, is nowne by ye name of Jno. fryers, to ye sd. Sarah Tiner & her heirs for Ever; & as for my personal Estate, my stock & housall Goods I bestow as followeth:
.....I Give & bequeith unto my loving wife, Mildred Harris, ye one half of my Estate During her life; & all ye rest of my Estate moveables & Immoveables, I Give & bequeith as legace unto Harris & William, ye sons of Sarah Tiner, to be equally & farely devided between them ye sd. Harris & William when they Shall arrive to ye age of Eighteen years.
.....& I Doe here Impute Constitute & appoint my true & Trusty friends, Jno. Mixon & Sarah Tiner, to be my whole & Sole Exect. & Extrx. of this my last will & Testamt.
.....As wittness hereof, I have fixed my hand & Seal this 16th (:) Day of December, 1711.
.........................John X Harris
Signed Sealed & Delivered in ye p'escence of us:
.....Edward E. Patchet
.....John X Wells
.....Mary M. Tiner
Recorded in Will Book 2, page 48."
I have never seen a man's children referred to in a will as "true and Trusty friends." Nor does he ever name Sarah as his child. With courtesy to his live wife, he doesn't announce that Sarah's kids are his illegitimate offspring, but it's hard to believe he just liked his neighbor Sarah and her kids enough to leave his estate to them. In addition, Sarah's father is mighty snippy to her in his will, suggesting she has offended him...and having 3 illegitimate kids by a married neighbor would be offensive.