Item. I give to my son James Adams all the lands that he is now posset with --
I give unto my son William Adams the plantation where I now live and if he should dye without a lawful heir to be sold and the money devided amongst all my children excepting my daughter Jane Tennison and Abraham Tennison--
I give to my son Hopewell Adams one negroe named Jacob and another named Peter and if he should dye without a lawful heir for my daughter Sarah to have Peter and that to be her full part of the two negroes and Jacob sold and the money equally devided amongs the rest of my children excepting Jane Tennison and Abraham Tennison--
I give and bequeth to my daughter Jane Tennison and Abraham Tennison five shillings sterling and this to be theare full part of my living---
I give to my son James Adams my still that is now on my plantation a& leave all my property that I have not mentioned in my will to be equally devided amongst all my children excepting Jane Tennison----And my desire is that James Adams and William Adams my sons heare mentioned for Executors to my last will and testament with power to sell as much of my Estate as weill pay for my just debts.
As witness I have heareto set my hand and seal this 18 day of Oct, 1794.
Signed Sealed and Acknow before us
John Little Hopewell (x) Adams
------------------------------------------------ Edgecombe County ----May Court 1799. The will of Hopewell Adams decd was proved in open court by the oath of John Hines who swore that he and John Little the other Witness thereto subscribe as Witness---James Adams and William Adams the executors therein named were at the same time qualified according to Law. Ordered thus the Same be certified Will Recorded.---------Edward Hill, Clerk