IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I Mary Gowtee of Accomack County being of sound mind and disposing memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and desirous to settle all my worldly affairs, do by these presents make and ordain this my last will and testament in the following, to wit,
I devise unto my son, Joseph Gowtee his heirs and assign for ever the Plantation and land whereon I now live on condition he gives unto my two daughters, Mary and Triphina two negroes that is to say the negro girl called Sarah to Triphina and the boy called Stephen unto Mary to them and their heirs. But if the said Joseph should deny or refuse to deliver the said negroes unto my aforesaid daughters when by them required, then I devise the said land and Plantation unto my son Lisney Gowtee his heirs and assigns forever on condition that the said Lisney when by aforesaid daughters reasonably required, pay unto each of them a good negro of about twelve years old.
I give unto my son John Gowtee my negro woman called Press to him and his heirs and assign forever he paying unto my son Andrew twenty pounds (£20) current money and in case any of my children should clain any right to any part of the said negro woman by virtue of any claim from their Fathers estate, then I hereby direct that all such of my estate herein given to them shall be void and such ones part shall go to those who relinquish their claim to the said negro woman I give unto my son Lisney my hand mill to him and assigns.
I give unto my daughter Trephina my horse and sadle to her and her assigned and also my trunk with lock and key and all such things as shall be found therein at the time of my death.
I give unto my daughter Mary my mare and sadle to her and her assigned also the goods and other things she now has in her possession.
I give unto my daughter Trephina her choice of my beds with furniture thereto belonging.
Lastly I devise all of the remainder of my personal estate to be sold
and that my debts be justly paid out of the same and the overplus of such
sale be divided amongst all my children and I hereby nominate my two sons
Lisney and John executors of this my will. In testimony whereof I have
hereto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of August Anno Dom 1764.
In presence off
The within last will and testament of Mary Gowtee deceased was presented
and proved by the oaths of John Massey and Levin Taylor two of the witnesses
thereto and admitted to record. Joseph Gowtee heir at law to the decedent
being present and having nothing to object and on the motion of Lisney
Gowtee one of the executors therein named. John Gowtee the other executor
relinquishing taking upon himself the trust thereof taking the oath and
giving John Massey and Levin Taylor for his securitys who entered into
and acknowledged a bond for that purpose. Certificate is granted him for
obtaining probate thereof in due form.
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