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John Brooks
July 19, 1707 - April 27, 1708

In the name of God Amen.

I John BROOKS of ye precent of Corratuck being verye Sick and weak of body but perfec in mind & memory doe make ordain Constitute & opiene? this my Last will and testament in maner & forme following holy revoaking & declaring all other my former wills to be null & voyd to all persons? & purposes? as if Such wills had never been made.

first I bequeath my sould to almighty god from whomd it had in originall being & _____ beseeching him to [next several words unreadable] into his mercy with full and graceous pardon for all my Sins through ye merritts of Jesus Christ - my Saviour.

My body I Committ to ye Earth to Receive decent & Chrisian Buriall & so to Remaine in hopes of a Joyfull Resurraction and a reunion with ye Soull.

As to my wordly goods & Estat it hath pleased god to Endow me with I bequeath as followetth vizz------------

Item I give and bequeath to my Son in Law William SCOTT one gun and one yearling heifor.

Item I give to my Loveing wife Mary BROOKS ye use of my plantation wheron I now live & all ye appertanances therto beloning during ye ____ & _____ of her widowhood after my deceas & I modiastly? after hur _____ or next Marriage I give ye sd plantation with ye Improvments theron & all other its appurtenances ther unto belonging or apportayning I [give] unto my Son John BROOKS & his heirs.

Item I give & bequeath unto my Loving wife Mary BROOKS ye use of one pair of Qui__ Milstones? during hur widowhood after my deceas & afterwards to my Loving daughter Elizabeth BROOKS.

Item and all other my Estate goods Chattles movable and Imoviable my will & desire is that they are Equaly devided between my Loveing wife Mary BROOKS & my four Children namly my son John BROOKS and my daughter Elizabeth BROOKS & my daughter Frances BROOKS & my daughter Mary BROOKS.

I doe herby Constitue & appoynt my Loving wife Mary BROOKS Sold Execurtix of this my Last will & testament In witness wherof I have herunto sett my hand & Seal this 19th day of July 1707.

Signum
    John BROOKS [his mark looked to be a B on its side]

Signed Sealed in presents of us
    Wm. SWANN
    James I. BETTS
    Ann BETTS

Att a Cort holden for the pearect of Corahtuck the 27th Day of April anno Dom 1708
    This wth in Will was proved by the wth in Evidances viz. Mr Will SWANN and James BETTS.
            Test. Edward TAYLOR Clk Court

[Source: North Carolina State Archives - MARS ID: 12.96.1.281 (folder)]

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