WILL OF RICHARD BROOKES

Submitted by Deanna Baumgardner


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 follows
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 One.
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

From 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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