Will of Martin Loy (to America 1741)

Orange Co., NC Book A, pages 207-208

Proven May 1779, Orange County, NC.

In the name of God, Amen. I, Martin Loy, of Orange County, being very sick and weak, but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for it, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that is is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say Principally & first I give & recommend my Soul into the Hand of Allmighty [sic] God that gave it, & my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. That is to say, first of all I recommend to my Executors to pay my debts out of my Estate, and to my Daughter Mary I give and devise two cows and calfs [sic] and to my beloved wife Cathhrriney [sic], I give all my moveable [sic] Estate during her widowhood and to live on the place and after her decease the land and plantation belongs to my son Henry Loy, and also I give to my son George Loy one Acre of Land joining his land on the South corner and likewise constitute, make and ordain Jacob Allbright [sic] and George Loy my sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In the Witness where I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal this 15th day of July 1777.

Martin X (his mark) Loy {seal}

Signed Sealed and Delivered in
the presence of us

Henry Garhut
Isaac C (his mark) Sharp

Orange County, May Court 1779

The execution of the above will was duly proved in open Court by the Oaths of Henry Garhut & Isaac Sharp the subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be Recorded.

N. Rochester, C C

Note: Martin Loy signed his name only by a mark: “X”
Isaac Sharp signed his name only by a mark: “C”

Early Loy researchers theorized son John was not mentioned in this will because Martin had transferred land to him earlier, as indicated in prior North Carolina land records. Early Loy researchers also noted, since John married into an affluent family, he wouldn’t have needed his father’s land inheritance.