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Last Will and Testament of John Waterman

In the Name of God Amen. The 30th day of April anno dommini 1713 according to the computation of the Church of England. I John Watterman of Frenchmoor, in the county of South[amp]ton, husbandman, being of perfect memory and remembrance, praised be God, do make and ordain to be made, this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First I bequeath my soul in to the hands of Almighty God my maker, and hoping that through the meritorious death and passion of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer, to receive free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and as for my body to be buried in Christian burial at the discretion of my Executrix* hereafter nominated.

Imprimis I give unto Mary my wife after my diceas, during the term of her life, my leass, goods, cattle, corn, hay, wood or whatever it hath pleased God to bless me with in this temporary being. Willing and ordaining Charles my son my Executor of this my last will and testament and after the diceas of Mary my wife, to give unto my son John, my leass and one shilling. Item the iron wedges and iron barr I give betwixt John and Charles. Item all the rest of my goods I give betwixt my three sons Edward, William and Charles to have each of 'em an equal proportion of the same. Thus I will and ordain my Executrix above written to officiate and perform this my last will and testament, revoking all others. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year first above written.

X John Waterman, his mark.

Proved 1714

*Reads Executrix but should be Executor

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