|Birthplace:||Chowan County, North Carolina, United States|
|Death:||Died in Duplin Co., NC|
Son of John Byrd, of Chowan, NC and Rebecca Byrd
|Managed by:||Amy Nordahl Cote|
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About John Byrd
Source: Byrd and Johnson Family, GenWeb WorldConnect file, Updated: 2005-10-09, Contact: John Byrd
Author: Weynette Parks Haun
Title: Old Albermarle Co NC Perquimans Precinct Births, Marriages, Deaths and Flesh Marks 1659-1820
Note: Page 31, 41-45: John Bird ye son of John Bird and Rebecka his wife was bor ye 22 day of July 1698.
John Burds last Will and Testament:
In the name of God Amen this 5th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty One 1761:
I John Byrd of Duplin County Being very sich and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for me once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, ____,
and first of all I give and recommend my soul to God that gave it and for my body I recommend 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 my Worldly estate wherewith it has sbeen pleased God to bless me in this life, I give divine and dispose of the same in manner and form as following:
Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my beloved son John Byrd One Hundred acres of lannd with the plantation wherea I now live and one Negro boy named Levi and one cow and yearling and one horse cot named Ma_et to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give to my well beloved son Michael Byrd one negro girl and F-uller and one cow and yearling and one rifle gun and one mare colt named Murick to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Bethinah Byrd one malatto girl named Cloe and two cow and yearlings to her and heirs forever.
Item I give to my well beloved daughter Selah Byrd the first child that my negro wench Patt shall have that shall live to be two years old after the date --na- and two cows and calves to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give to my well beloved wife Catherine Byrd one begro wench named Patt and the the remainder part of my estate that is not yet mentioned except my puter and twelve saws and pigs and my other negroes that is not yet mentioned and that to be equaly devided among my four children,
And I likewise constitute make and ordain Michael King and Edward Byrd my only and sole executors of this my last will and testament and I hereby utterly disannal revoke & disallow every other and former testament wills and legatees bequeath and _____ by me in any wise before this time named and bequeathed Rattifying and co____ this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set me hand and seal the day and year above written.
John Byrd (his seal)
Sigend sealed & published and discharged. By the said as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers.
(Source: FHL film #18832, Duplin Co., NC Deeds, v. 3-4, p. 164-5)
- note, John's brother William Byrd married Jean Bell. Jean had a half-brother George Bell (1718-1792) who may have witnessed this will; however, the Bells were a large family, and there were many George Bells.