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Last Will and Testament of Richard King

In the Name of God Amen, I Richard King of Capell in the county of Surry, blacksmith, being at this time afflicted with sickness but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, thanks be to Almighty God for the same and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First being penitent and sorry for all my sins, I bequeath my soul unto Almighty God hoping through the merits death and passion of my savior Jesus Christ to be saved, and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried in christian burial at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and for the setling of my temporal estate which it hath pleased Almighty God of his great goodness to bless me, I do order, give and dispose thereof as followeth (that is to say) First I will that all my just debts shall be paid and discharged and then having surrendered all that my customary messuage or tenement where I now dwell with the smiths shop and the appurtenances thertunto belonging, scituate in the parish of Capell, to the use of my last will and testament I desire, give and bequeath the same unto my brother William King, to hold the the same during the term of his natural life and after his decease, I desire, give and bequeath the same to my kinsman Richard King the son of my brother William King, to hold to him, his heirs and assigns forever, but in case that my said kinsman Richard King should happen to dye before my said brother William King, then in that case I desire, give and bequeath the said messuage or tenement and smiths shop with appurtenances unto the right heirs of my said brother William King lawfully begotten and to their heirs and assigns forever. And all the rest and residue of my goods, chattells, ready money and personal estate, after my debts and funeral expences are paid and discharged, I give and bequeath unto my five sisters (that is to say) to Mary King, Sarah the wife of Richard Bosher, Elizabeth the wife of James Weller, Jane the wife of William Lipscomb and Rebecca the wife of Ralf Bosher, to be equally divided between them share and share alike, not as joint tennants but as tennants in common, and if one or more of my said sisters happen to dye before the same is divided, my will is that the heirs of the deceased shall be intituled to the part or share that would have come to the deceased had they been living. And I make and appoint my said five sisters, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jane and Rebecca, full and sole Executors or Executrixes of this my last will and testament. and I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made and ratifye and confirm this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the four and twentieth day of December in the yeare of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty two.

                                                    Richard King

Signed, sealed and delivered by the testator, Richard King, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of Anne Wood, William Constable, Thomas Crews.

February the 9th 1753 which day Sarah Bosher and Elizabeth Weller, two of the Executrixes named in the above will, appeared before me and made oath well and truly to discharge the trust reposed in them by the said will. Sworn before me William Bickerton, Surrogate. 

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