Friday, September 21, 2007

Will of Sarah Braswell 1733/34

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. The 20th day of March in the Year of our Lord 1733/4. I Sarah Braswell of the Isle of Wight County being very sick & weak of Body but of perfect Mind & Memory thanks be to God for the same ffirst & cheifest I Give & Bequeath my Soul to the Hand of Almighty God who gave it me. Secondly my Body to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors, and as for my Worldly Estate as it pleased God to endew {sic} me with I Give & Bequeath in manner and form as followeth. I Give & Bequeath my whole Estate in General to my Grandson John Braswell junr that's Cattle Hoggs household- Goods and all manner of Implements whatsoever to me belonging EXCEPT one Negro Man named Limehouse I give him the said Negro to my Daughter Jane, and him to be hers any person or persons after my decease AND I make & ordain my son John Braswell and my said Grandson John Braswell junr my whole Executors of my aforesd Estate, and my Son JOHN BRASWELL to have the Care of look after the said Estate 'till the said JOHN BRASWELL junr shall come to the Years of Twenty one my said Grandson to have the aforesd Estate in his own possession and my Son JOHN BRASWELL to sell such Cattle & Hoggs out of the same as shall be necessary And for what is Sold out of the said Esate my Son JOHN to have to have the one Half for his Trouble and the other half to be laid out for the Use of my said Grandson And Benjamin Braswell my Grandson shall have the first Mare Colt that a Mare shall bring which said Mare is part of the said Estate and given to my Grandson JOHN BRASWELL junr as aforesd but if in Case the said JOHN BRASWELL junr should decease without Heir the same shall be equaly divided amongst the other of my said Son John's Children namely Mary Benjamin William & Sampson Braswell and to either of them if in case the other deceaseth without Heir And I own this to be my last Will & Testament denying all other Wills & Testaments ever made before by me and this to stand and no others. AS WITNESS whereof I have hereunto put my Hand & Seal the Day and Year above written.





At a Court held for Isle of Wight County May the 26: 1735

THE last Will & Testament of SARAH BRASWELL deceased was Proved by the Oath of SAMUEL WILLIS one of the Witnesses thereto and it is admitted to Record.

Teste James Baker CC: Cur

Vera Recordatur Teste. Ja:s Baker Cl: Cur:

Will Book 4, p. 64

From the collection of Carey H. Bracewell