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In the name of God Amen, I Josiah LEE being very sick and weak of body but of aproper sence and memory Thanks be to God for the same therefore calling to mind the mortality of mans body knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and as for my body I recommend it the earth to be buried in christian like manner at the discrection of my executors hereafter appointed and as for my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life.
Item: I give and dispose of the same in manner and form following that is to say---
Item: I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved Wife Lydia LEE all my land and living both within doors and without doors at her own disposial during her natural life and after her death,
Item: I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved Brother Thomas LEEs three Sons Zebulon, Demsey, Thomas LEE divided equally after the death of my dearly beloved all the whole of my estate now that I am processed with both within doors and without doors I do appoint my Wife Lydia LEE to be my whole and sole executor denying all other will or wills whatsoever I do ordain this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have set my hand thereunto my seal this 17th of September 1781.
/s/ Josiah [his mark] LEE seal
Caleb [his mark] SORY
Forneler(?) [his mark] CHRISMAS
Recorded and examined this 4th day of May 1785
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