The following is the will of Starling AVERITT, son of David AVERITT of Pitt County. He was born about 1778 and died in 1855. He names his wife, Penny, his daughter Polly BLANDIFORD, and his grandson “William H. BURNETTE sometimes called William H. AVERITT.”

The Last Will & Testament of Starling Averitt Decd

In the name of God, Amen. I Starling AVERITT Being of sound mind & memory do make and ordain my last will & testament in manner and form following, to wit:

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly BLANDIFORD one feather bed and its furniture.

Item: I give devise & bequeath to my wife Penny all my property both real, personal, and mixed during the term of her natural life except what is herein otherwise disposed of.

Item: I give devise and bequeath to my Grand Son William H. BURNETT sometimes called William H. AVERITT after the death of my wife Penny all my property both real, personal & mixed, not otherwise disposed of.

Starling ( x ) Averitt

Signed, delivered & published this 13th day of November 1855 in presence of us who at his request & in his presence have attested the same.

Joseph L. BALLARD
James McARTHUR

This paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Starling Averitt was produced in open Court for probate by Wm H BURNETT and duly proved by the oath of Joseph L BALLARD a subscribing witness thereto: And thereupon it is declared by the cause to be the last will of the said Starling AVERITT and ordered to be recorded and filed.

G.A. DANCY Clerk