This Joseph Sumner was my 6th great-grandfather. The Margaret mentioned in the will is supposedly Margaret Chesstnut (also spelled Chesnut, Chessnut, and Chestnut) however, I have not yet found a primary source for this information.
In the name of god Amen I Joseph Sumner of Onslow County in the provence of North Carolina being weak in body but of sound mind and memory and calling to mind and memory the mortalety of my Body that is appointed for all men once to Die do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and forme following,
I Committ my soul to god that gave it hoping that through the merits and medytation of my Blessed Saviour to Receive free pardon of all my sins and my Body I Committ to the Earth from when it was taken to be Buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executers and as to such Wortely Estate as it hath please god to endow me with I dispise off in the following manner to wit,
first I have to my son Richard Sumoner my land three hundred acres with my plantation only my Beloved Wife Margit Sumner is to have her thirds of the land and plantation and peaceably and quietly during her lifetime. further I give to my son Richard my son a pair of millstones and a grindstone and a pair od Stillards and one fether bed.
to my Beloved Wife I give on fether bed the same she lyes on with the furniture, one cow and two three year old heifers
and to my son Joseph Sumner one cow and yearling ? a dish
and to my Daughter Ruth one pound in money to be Raised ut of Estate
to my Daughter Christian I give one pound in money to be raised out of my Estate
and to my daughter Mary I give one pound to be Raised our of the Estate and no more for them.
The Rest of my Stock of Cattle to my son Richard after my lawful depts paid and as to my household goods to my Wife and son Richard to be equally divided Between them after my decees only my horse to be for her use during his life
and lastly for the Executing of this my last Will and testament I constitute and apoynt my Wife Margit and my son Richard to be my Executers and I do hereby utterly disallow Revoke and dis? all and Every other Will or Wills by me maid Ratifying and confirming this to be my last Will and testament in Wittness Whereof I have hearunto set my hand and seal this 29th Day of October on thousand seven hundred and Eighty fore
Joseph X Sumner
Mary X Marshborn
Elizabeth X Manner
This will proved by the word of Thomas Barber & Margaret Sumner being duly Qualified