IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. This second day of June 1728 I Joseph Gouty of the County of Accomack in the Colony of Virginia being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect sence and memory thanks be to God for it I do there make and ordain this my last Will and Testament as followeth first and principally I recommend my soul into the hans of my Creator and redeemer that gave it to me and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor and my worldly Estate as followeth.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Elizabeth Gouty one cow and calf and one Mair called Nettle and six pewter plates and one pewter dish also my bigest Iron pott and kettle & one Chest that she calls her Chest and half the Indian corn that is made upon my Plantation this present year and the third part of the Wheat and all the rest of my Estate that is not mentioned and set down in this my will except for my fishing boat.
Item. I give and bequeath to my brother John Gouty all my wearing woolling Cloaths and one brindle heifer & one feather bed and new dutch blankett and one rug and one old dutch Blankett and old sheet and boat sail and Chest called my Chest and old Chest as it stands and one meal sifter and bedstead and one iron pott that is now at Darby Macarters and six pewter plates and one pewter dish and one milk pann one drinking Cup and Drinking glass and 3 glass bottles and a sow pig and borr pig of my English sow and my harrow hoes and half the Bucketts and Tubbs about my house and half my working hoes and Iron Pestle.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Gouty one two year old heifer that runs at Darby Macarters unmarked. Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Gouty one pide heifer and four pewter plates and my Largest pewter dish and my Least Iron pott and one feather bed and bolster all to be delivered to her at the day of Marriage or at Sixteen years of age and my will is that my wife shall have it in her possession till the time my daughter arrives to the age and then to be paid to her in as good condition as they are at this time.
Item. I give and bequeath to my brother John Gouty six turn'd Trenchers and a saddle tree and Leather and all other things suitable to make a saddle further my will is that my brother John Gouty pay all my just debts out of what is given to him with is due to me not takeing anything for my wife that is given to her and if he refuse so to relinquish what is given to him in this will.
Item. My will is that if my brother John Gouty die before my
will is proved that what is herein given to him shall to my wife and Children.
Item. I do ordain and appoint my well beloved brother John Gouty
and my well and beloved friend John Tankard my whole and sole Executors
of this my Last will and Testament as witness my hand the day and year
above set down.
Signed Sealed and pronounced and Joseph Gouty
Delivered in the presence of mark
mark At a Court held for Accomack county the 6th day
of February 1728 ---------
This will was proved by the oaths of Priscilla Burton and Elizabeth Tankred two of the Witnesses to the same & admitted to record. Test. John Jackson Cl. Cur.
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