The following is from Beaufort Orphans — 1808-1828. Willoughby Moore and this particular Moore family were listed as “Other Free” in the Beaufort County census. In 1810 Willoughby’s household also lists one slave.
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In the name of God Amen. I Willoughby MOORE of the County and State aforesaid being some what weak and low in body but of perfect sound mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for it, calling to mind the mortality of all men knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die to make constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament this the 25th day of August in the Year of our Lord 1823.
first I leave my body to the discretion of my Executors to be buried in a decent manner, my soul I recommend to the hands of my Redeemer astouching my worldly Goods which it hath been pleased God to bless me with.
Item 1. I give and bequeath unto my Wife Amey MOORE Fifty acres of Land where my House sets at this time and all of my moveable property.
Item 2. I leave unto my daughter Mary Ann KEARS the residue of my Land.
Item. 3. I leave unto my Mother Lucy MOORE one
Item. 4. I leave unto my Brother John MOORE one dollar
Item 5. I leave unto my Sister Peggy MOORE one dollar.
Item 6. I leave unto my Brother William MOORE one dollar.
Item the 7. I leave unto my brother Giles MOORE one dollar. I also constitute and ordain my Wife Amey MOORE Executrix to this my last Will and Testament in Testimony whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the day and date within written.
Signed, Sealed and acknowledged
in presence of
Thomas (X) MORRIS
February Term 1824. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. Then was the last Will and Testament of Willoughby MOORE dec’d proved in Court by the Oath of Lodo. REDDITT, and ordered to be Recorded – and Amey came into Court and qualified as Extx. thereto. Jos. B. HINTON C.