Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley

Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley Page 2

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Page 2 Testament bearing date same day and year last aforesaid (but which for reasons herein after stated your petitioners are advised and believe was and is entirely null and void by which same Instrument of writing he the said Zephaniah Kingsley after [??] that all his true and lawful debts, funeral expenses and testamentary changes and expenses should be fully paid and discharged so soon as might be after his death; made, so far as by such [instrument of writing][illegible due to tear and fold] and [bequests] to [divers] persons viz: To his Nephew Kingsley B. Gibbs whom your petitioners pray may be made a party defendant in this case he devised (so far as thereby he could devise) one half of his Two thousand acre tract (of Land) in Twelve mile Swamp which, when divided, into two parts would give one thousand acres of Land for the said Kingsley B. Gibbs, one half (be the same more or left to him, his heirs, and [assigus;] and did also bequeath to the said Kingsley B. Gibbs his (the said Zephaniah Kingsley’s) Schooner, North Carolina, with all its appurtenances, and his (the said Zephaniah Kingsley’s) books and arms not otherwise disposed of. And to his (the said Zephaniah Kingsley’s) nephew George Cooper Gibbs he (the said Zephaniah Kingsley) by the same instrument of writing did bequeath (so far as thereby he could bequeath) in fee simple absolute all the remaining one half of the aforementioned two thousand acre tract in Twelve mile Swamp which will be one thousand acres more or less. [illegible due to tear] nephew Charles J McNeill he the said Zephaniah Kingsley by the same instrument of writing did bequeath (so far as thereby he could bequeath) in fee simple absolute a certain tract or parcel of land situated at [Beauclerc’s] Bluff between [Cowen] & [Currie]