IN THE NAME OF GOD, Amen, I Richard Brookes of Hanover County in
Virginia, being of the blessing of God of perfect and sound memory but
considering the uncertainty of this life, I do with good consideration
make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
First I give and resign my soul to God my Creator trusting only in the
word of Jesus Christ my Savior for full remission of all my sins and
my body to be decently buried and my Estate I give and dispose of as
First it is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral
charges be paid.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son William Brookes, one shilling.
Item, I give an ordain all the residue of my Estate not yet disposed
of to be equally divided between my loving wife Mary and my four
children Robert Brookes, Richard Brookes, Sarah Brookes and Massilva
Brookes and what other children more shall be hereinafter lawfully
born unto me by my present wife Mary Brookes, and I do make this my
last Will and testament revoking and annulling all former will or
wills Testament or Whatsoever either in writing and spoken and do make
my last Will and Testament and no other and do constitute and appoint
my loving friends Abraham Venable and Edward Nix to be the Executors
of this my last Will and Testament and no other. Witness my hand and
seal this Eighth day of October, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty
Signed, Sealed publicly and ordered in presence of us…. Steven
Clement, Sarah I (or J) Ianon?, Mary Blanks, John Wright.
At a Court held for Hanover County the Fifth day of July 1734 this
Will of Richard Brooks Deceased was this day processed in Open Court
by the oaths of Stephen Clement, Sarah Ianon(?0 and John Wright three
of the witnesses thereto and admitted to record. Test Aug. Graham CC
microfilm projections in Salt Lake City Library by Robert C.
Kelly of Camarillo, CA. From book 13, Lunenburg County, Virginia
Wills, p. 563
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