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In the name of God Amen, I Willoughby MARCHANT being sick and Weake in bodey but of a perfect sense and memerey Thanks be to the almighty God for the same, Therefore calling to mind the mortality of mans bodey knowing that it is appoynted for all men once to dye. I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and as for my bodey I recommend it to the earth to buried in a christon like manner at the decression of my executors hear after appointed and as for my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this life I give and dispose of the same in manner and form followin thet is to say---
Item: I give and bequeath to my Brother Caleb MARCHANT my Plantation I now own by the mane of Tobaccabed Poynt as also that part of my stock of beef cattle and hoags which belong to the said Plantation to him and his heirs as also one negro boy called Luke one negro garl called Mille as also my horse Rone also (torn) hives of beas.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Brother Gideon MARCHANT one negro man called Dick and one negro woman called Easter as also my horse Derick as also my desk and ovel table also eight hed of sheap and eight hives of beeas as also that part of stock of cattle which I have on the plantation whereon I now livd to him and his heirs.
Item: I give and bequeath Cosen Caleb CORBITT two negros as Winfed and Gracie to him and his heirs.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Cosen John MARCHANT (faded out and worn off) and two sowes.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Cosen Abiah MARCHANT the Plantation whareon I now live as also one negro boy called Rubin to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her bodey and my will and desear is that if the said Abiah MARCHANT should die without such lawful heirs that the said land and negro should desear to my Brother Kedar MARCHANT and his heir and my desear also is that my Brother Kedar MARCHANT have the ceare of the said land and negro ??? the said Abiah cometh the age of eightean or marry.
Item: I give and baequeath to my Brother Kedar MARCHANT my own shining gun as also the one half of my stock of marsh cattle as also that part of my stock of hodgs that is used and fed on the land whareon I now live as also that part of my hogs which is used and fed on the alder branch neck as also eight hed of sheep and eight hives of beeas and my will and desier is that the remainder of my sole estate should equally devded amongst my Three Brothers as viz. Ked., Caleb and Giden MARCHANT of that those three should pay all my debts each one paying an equal part out of their several legecies---
And I doe appoint my Brother Kedar MARCHANT and Gideon MARCHANT to be my true and lawful exect. denying all other will or wills whatsoever and do ordain this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have heare unto set my hand and seal this 19th of April 1762.
/s/ Willoughby MARCHANT and seal
Nathaniel-Spencer WEST jurat
William READ jurat
Henry [his mark] JONES
Recorded this 9th day of August 1762
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