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Transcribed from a Photostat of the original by Carol Phillips, Cphillips420@comcast.net
In the Name of God Amen. The thirty first day of January in the year of our Lord Thousand Seven Hundred and eighty Seven; I John Marks Senior, of Loundon County in the State of Virginia Yeoman. being in a common State of health and of Sound and perfect mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of my body, that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the following manner; that is to Say, principally and first of all, I Recommend my Soul to God who gave it; and my body to the Earth, to be buried in a Christian like decent manner, at the discretion of my Executors, whom I Shall hereafter appoint, and as touching Such worldly Estate wherewith God hath been pleased to bless me, I give, devise, and dispose of the above in the following manner and form. First, I give and bequeath to Uriah my Dearly beloved wife all my movable estate, (Implement of Husbandry excepted,) after my lawful Debts and funeral Charges are paid, together with full privilege and right to live on the place I now live, During her widowhood, and to enjoy the whole or any part of the House, Cellar and garden as she pleases, I also bequeath to my said wife one third part of the produce of my plantation or any profit arising therefrom, without cost or charge to her, and a right to keep one Horse and two Cows, if her see cause, together with firewood, brought to her door cut ready for her use. Whom I appoint my Executrix of this my Will. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Elisha Marks all and Singular of my wearing apparel, Whom I appoint Executor of this my Will. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Mary, married to Thomas Humphreys, the sum of five pounds Virginia Currency, to be paid as I Shall hereafter direct. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Martha married to William Howell the Sum of twenty five pounds Virginia Currency, to be paid as I shall hereafter direct. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Uriah, married to Jenkin Williams the Sum of twenty five pounds Virginia Currency, to be paid as I Shall hereafter direct. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved Son John Marks the plantation and Tract of land he now lives on, to him his Heirs and Assigns forever, he my said Son John Marks paying the Sum of twenty five pounds Virginia Currency to my daughter Martha married to William Howell, and I order my said son John to pay the Sum of thirty Shillings yearly and ever year to my wife upon her demand during her widowhood. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Thomas Marks the plantation and Tract of land he now lives on, to him his Heirs and Assigns forever, he my said Son Thomas Marks paying the Sum of twenty five pounds Virginia Currency to my Daughter Uriah, married to Jenkin Williams, and I order my said Son Thomas to pay the Sum of thirty Shillings to my wife yearly and every year upon her demand during her widowhood. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Abel Marks the plantation and Tract of land I now live upon to him his heirs and Assigns forever or during the Lease from her granting her the Rights, privileges and profits bequeathed to her above Mentioned, but if it prove Inconvenient for my Son Abel to live on the place with my wife, She is hereby Empowered to let it to another person, but at her Decease as above the plantation and tract of land to be the property of him my Son Abel to whom also I give and bequeath all and singular of my Implements of Husbandry, he paying the Sum of five pounds Virginia Currency to my Daughter Mary as above bequeathed. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and other bequeathments, Wills, Testaments, or legacies, by me heretofore me Willed or bequeathed, Ratifying Confirming this and no other, to my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and year above written.
Signed Sealed Published pronounced and declared by the Said John Marks as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers
his John x Thatcher mark
Philip Thomas x
David Thomas x