The Last Will and Testament of
4 April, 1785
In the Name of God, Amen
I John Cranford, of the County and State aforesaid, Planter, being in good health, calling to mind the mortality of Man and that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it. My body, I commend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the General resurrection shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and touching such worldly estate where with it has pleased Almighty God to bless me with in this life, I give Demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First, I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife, Mary Cranford, Twenty Acres of land, on Turkey Creek, including the Plantation whereon I now live with all my plantation tools of every kind, One bed and furniture, one mare and all my cattel (sic) and all my hogs, one hand mill, one spinning wheel, two pots, one skillet, all my Pewter and all my household furniture and every necessary thereunto belonging (illegible) to her and her heirs forever
I give to my Daughter, Anne Chajan, One Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
I give to my Daughter Sedwell Lain, One Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
I give to my Daughter Mary Williams, One Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
I give to my Son, John Cranford, One Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
I give to my Daughter Rachel Cotton, One Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
I give to my Daughter Sary Dixson, One Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
I give to my Daughter Frances Cranford, One Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
I do Constitute and appoint my well beloved Mary Cranford and John Spicer Jr. my hole and sole Executors of this, my Last Will and Testament, in Witness have hereunto set hand and seal this Forth day of April, in the year of our Lord One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty Five. Signed, Sealed and (illegible) and pronounst (sic) to be my Last Will and Testament in presence of us who in His presence and in the presence of each other have hereto Subscribed our Names.
Cornelius B ? ??
Proved by the Oath of Cornelius B???
John Spicer Jr. the executor qualified
This will was transcribed by myself. I will take full
responsibility for any errors.
Many thanks to Don Cranford for the photocopy of the original.
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