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Extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

In the last Will and Testament of Arthur Dobbs of Brunswick in New Hanover County Governor and Captain General of the Province of North Carolina in America Esqr. deceased bearing date the 31st. day of August 1763.

Item I confirm unto my younger Son Edward Brice Dobbs (over and above his Fortune Secured in that Marriage settlement which I hereby limit and ascertain to be One Thousand pounds lawful Money of Ireland as mentioned in my Marriage Settlement Upon my intermarriage with my first Wife) all the Lands in America which are Specified in a Deed or Deeds which I made to him and his Heirs since my Settling at Brunswick together with all the Slaves Goods and Chattels therein mentioned. Item I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Justina Dobbs and her Issue by me begotten in case she shall have any or be pregnant at the time of my Decease all the Slaves and other Chattels which was or shall be hereafter given her by her Father. Item I give devise and bequeath unto my said beloved Wife all my Slaves Goods and Chattels Plate Money and other Effects of what Nature or kind soever in America not already settled by Deed upon my Son Edward Brice Dobbs (which I now have or hereafter shall have at the time of my Decease) in which is included the money and Interest due or which shall be due to me by the General Assembly for the Lands called Tower Hill in Johnston County purchased from me by the publicItem I give devise and bequeath unto my said beloved Wife Justina Dobbs after the payment of my Debts Funeral Charges and Legacies all Arrears of Salary which now are or shall be due to me at the time of my decease by Virtue of my appointment by his Majesty to the Government of North Carolina. Item Whereas I have a right to a Moiety of two hundred thousand Acres of Land granted to me by the Crown in Sixteen patents of twelve thousand Five hundred Acres Each in Meclinburgh (late Anson) County as one of the Associates of Huey and Crimble the other Moiety having been settled by me upon my Eldest Son Conway Richard Dobbs upon his Marriage I do hereby impower and direct my Executors or either of them as soon as conveniently may be after my decease to sell in parcells to the present occupants or to such others as shall incline to become purchasers (the said Moiety of Lands and that the Money arising therefrom) except so much thereof as shall together with the Money herein before bequeathed to my said Wife make up the sum of two thousand pounds Sterling Money of Great Britain shall be laid out by my Executors in Negroes for the Sole use and benefit of such Issue by me as my said Wife shall have living or be pregnant with at the time of my decease and their Heirs for ever And in case my said Wife shall have an issue by me alive or be pregnant at the time of my decease then and in that case I will and devise that the said undivided Moiety of Land shall be and remain to my son Edward Brice Dobbs and his Heirs upon this special proviso that he makes up and pays so much Money to my said Wife Justina Dobbs as together with the Sums herein before bequeathed to her shall amount to the Sum of two thousand pounds Sterling Money of Great Britain which I Will and Desire that my said beloved Wife may have and receive out of the Estate I shall die possessed of.

Proved at London the 9th day of June 1766 before the Worshipful Andrew Colter Ducarel Doctor of laws and Surrogate by the Oath of Conway Richard Dobbs Esqr. the son and one of the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first Sworn duly to Administer power reserved of making the like grant to Justina Dobbs, Widow the Relict and Edward brice Dobbs Esqr. the Son and other Executor when they or either of them shall apply for the same.

Geo. Godlief

James Worley

N. Dodwin, Deputy Registry

220 Tyndall

8 S.


Extract from the Will of Arthur Dobbs Esqr.