1760 – Will of Matthew Mashburn

Testator: Matthew Mashburn
Wife: Sarah
Sons: Edward, David, James, Jethro, Daniel, William, Mathew Jr., Samuel (dec’d)
Daughters: Mary Pirson, Anne, Martha, Sarah Lassiter, Pricilla, Elizabeth, Charity, Rachel
Grandson: James, s/o the late Samuel
Witnesses: Daniel Dickinson, John Dickinson, John Turner
Signed: 2 Jul 1760
Recorded: Feb 1761 Court, Northampton Co., NC
Clerk: J. Edwards
Present Location: State Archives, Raleigh, NC

In the name of God Amen. I Matthew Mashborne of the County of Northampton & Province of North Carolina, being sick & weak in body but of sound & perfict mind & memory praise by given therefore to Almighty God, do make and ordain this my last will & Testament in manner & form following that is to say first ; principally I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through the merit death & passion of my Savior Jesus Christ to have full and free parden & forgiveness of all my sins & to inherit everlasting life, & my body I commend to the earth to be decently buried at the discrection of my Executors hereafter named, & as touching the disposition of all such temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give & dispose of in manner & form as followith:

Item. I will that my debts & funeral charges shall be paid & discharged.

Item. I give unto my beloved wife Sarah Mashborne the bed board stead & furniture belonging to it as I myself usually lay on & my black horse named Frock & my riding saddle and bridle & two Cows & Calves.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Grandson James Mashborne, son of Samual Mashborne Deceased in his fathers stead one two year old heffer.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my son Edward Mashborne my still.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my son David Mashborne one bed & furniture.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my children Mary Pirson, Anne Mashborne, Martha Mashborne, James Mashborne, Edward Mashborne, Sarah Lassiter, Pricilla Mashborne, Elizabeth Mashborne, Charity Mashborne, Rachel Mashborne, David Mashborne, Jethro Mashborne, Daniel Mashborne, William Mashborne, all the rest of my Estate not given out in Legacies & to be Equally divided amongst them, I likewise desire my Executors to have a care and see my three young children brought up as Well and Christian like as posible in reason.

I do hereby appoint my sons Mathew Mashborne and James Mashborne executors of this my last will and Testament, and I do hereby revoke disannul and make void all other Wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In Witness Whereof I the said Mathew Mashborne to this my last will and testament do hereunto set my hand and seal this second day July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Sixty.

(signed) Mathew Mashburn (seal)

Signed, sealed acknowledged to his last will and testament.

Daniel Dickinson, John Dickinson, John Turner.

N. ampton County SS. February Court 1761. The preceding will of Mathew Mashborne and was Exhibited into Court and proved on the oath of Daniel Dickinson one of the subscribing witnesses thereto at the same time Mathew Mashborne Jun. & James Mashborne was qualified Executors thereof which on motion was ordered to be certified & Recorded.

Teste J. Edwards, Clerk

The three youngest children were not of age hence the order to the executors to attend to their upbringing. The direct bequest to the grandson James indicates was of age. If that is the case, Sarah was probably a second wife. To have a 21-year-old grandson and three underage children is rare.