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In the name of God Amen, I Richard FENTON being weak in bodyly health but of sound and perfect sence and memory Thanks be to God for the same, and remmembering that it is once ordained for men to depart this mortal life, and there worldly things which it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with in this life it is my will and desire should be disposed of as follows Viz----
Item: I give to my well beloved Wife Lydia FENTON my dwellin house and my land and plantation as also the half of all my moveable estate wthin doors and without during her life and after her death the moveables that remain of my estate to be equally divided between my children Caleb FENTON, Diniah WHEATLY, Mary CAMPBELL and my Grandson Caleb FENTON Son of Caleb FENTON.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son Caleb the other of my land and plantation and after the death of my Wife Lydia FENTON it is my will and desire that [worn off] plantation and track of land and all the appertain??? belonging therewith should return to my Son Caleb and to his heirs.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Grandson Caleb FENTON Son of Caleb FENTON one red heifer.
Item: It is my will and desire that the remaining part of move- able estate that is not yet given to be sold and the money equally divided between Caleb FENTON, Diniah WHEATLY, Mary CAMPBELL and my Grandson Caleb FENTON Son of Caleb to them and their heirs.
Item: And I do constitute and appoint my Wife and my Son Caleb FENTON to be my whole and sole executor and executrix pay of all my just debts and to setle my estate and to bury my body in a christian like manner. I do deny and revoke all other will or wills by me formerly made and acknowledge this to be my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have herein set my hand and seal the fourteenth day of September 1778
/s/ Richard [R] FENTON Seal
Benj. [x] DAUGE
Recorded and examined this 11th day of August 1780
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