In the name of God Amen this14th Day of March In the year of our Lord God -- 1707/8
I Jerom Griffeth of Northampton County Senior being very Sick and weak in body but perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God: therefore calling unto mind the mortallity of my body and knowing that it is appointed for man once to die I make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament
That is to say Principally and first of all I give and ---my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and from my body I recommand it to the Earth to be buried in a christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my Executrix noting ----- but at the general Resurection I shall Receive -- -- against by the mightly Savior of God and -- -- -- wordly ----
*I give and bequeath to my son Jerom Griffeth the sum of one shilling
*I give and bequeath to my son James Griffeth the sum of one shilling
*I give and bequeath to my son Jonah [aka Jonas] Griffeth the sum of one shilling
*I give and bequeath to my son Luke Griffeth the sum of one shilling
*I give and bequeath to my daughter Francis Hull the sume of one shilling
*I give and bequeath to my daughter Esther Freshwater the sum of one shilling
*I give and bequeath to my daughter Dorothy Hays the sum of one shilling
*I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Freshwater the sum of one shilling
*I give and bequeath to my son Jonas Griffeth a piece of land lying south erly upn my son's Thomas Land, by the plantation 50 acres more or less to him and his heirs for ever after my decease
*I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Elizabeth Griffeth all and every part and parcell of my goods and cattle that I am now possessed to her own proper use and disposal all during her natural life and after her decease to go equally divided between my sons Benjamin Griffeth, Thomas Griffeth, Jonas Griffeth and my daughter Margaret Griffeth
*I -- make and ordain my well beloved wife Elizabeth Griffeth sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament and I hereby --- ---revock and disannull all and every other former Testament Wills and Legacies ---
Signed: Jerom Griffeth
Witnesses: Wm. Harmonson; Neech Eyre, Henry Harmanson Jr.
My request is that my well beloved friends -- -- William Waters, Capt William harmanson, and Capt Francis Costin so assist? --- to my well beloved wife in the Performance of this my Last will and Testament, Northampton, May the 28th, 1708.
This last will and testament of Jerom Griffeth was Presented by Capt William Harmanson as an attorney for Elixabeth Griffeth widow and Executrix threof ---at probate might be granted her of the ---which was according proved in open court of the above said county by the ---oaths of William harmanson and henry harmanson jur and allowed as ----
"Will of Jerom Griffeth," 28 May 1708, Northampton County, Virginia XVIII Orders, Wills, Etc 14, 1698-1710, pp. 420-421. In custody of Clerk of Circuit Court, Eastville, VA.
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