IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. The 21st day of April 1744 RICHARD BRASWELL of the County of Isle of Wight, being very Sick & Weak in Body, but of perfect Mind and Memory: Thanks be given unto God therefore Calling unto Mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all Men Once to Die, Do make and Ordain this my last Will & Testament. That is to say Principally and first of all, I give and Recommend my Soul into the Hand of God that gave it and for my Body. I Recommend it to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like and Decent Manner at the Direction of my Ex'r nothing Doubting but all the General Resurrection. I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God. And as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life I give Devise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and Form. ITEM. I do hereby give full Power and Authority unto my Son WILLIAM BRASWELL whom I likewise make make and ordain to be my only and sole Ex"r of this my last Will & Testament / to set up and sell the Land whereon I now live at Public Sale for ready money to the Highest bider and after so done I give the Money to him and my Son JOSEPH BRASWELL whom I likewise Ordain to be Ext'r with whom to be Equally Divided between them. ITEM, I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Daughter ELIZABETH BRASWELL, One feather Bed and Furniture & a Horse Colt a small Pott, & frying Pan, & one short Chest & two Cows & Calves, One small Pewter Bason & two flat Dishes & one pr of fire Tongs by her freely to be Possessed & Enjoyed by her, her Heirs & Assigns forever after the death of my loving Wife. ITEM. I give and Bequeath to my well beloved SON JOHN BRASWELL after the Death of my loving Wife, one small feather Bed & Furniture one large Pewter Dish. ITEM. I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Son WILLIAM BRASWELL after the Death of my loving Wife one small Pewter Bason. ITEM. I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Son JOSPEH BRASWELL, after the Death of my Loving Wife two Cows one Yearling & a Calf One Breeding Mare and her Increase, and all the Hoggs that he has now in ....Possession & my own Proper mark & one feather Bed & Furniture One large Pewter Bason, & a small one, & a Pewter Dish, & one larger Iron Pott & Iron Wrack and a small Chest. And the Rest of my moveable Estate I give unto my loving Wife to dispose of the same or to Use as she shall see fit. And I do hereby Utterly disallow Revoke & Disanulle all and every other former Testaments Wills & Legacies & Ext'rs by me in any Ways before this Time nam'd, Willed & Bequeathed Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Testament. IN WITNESS whereof
Marriage 1 Sarah b: 1714 in Isle of Wright, VA
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