WILL, 23 Jan 1756

In the name of God, Amen, the 23 Day of January, 1756

I, JOHN ELSWICK, of the County of Hampshire and Colloney of Virginia being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given to God. Therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is apointed unto all men once to dye Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. That is to say princaply and first of all I give and recomend my soul into the hands of God that give it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executors. Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same Again by the mighty power of God and as touching such Worldly Estate where with it hath _______ [with it shall please God] and despose of the same in the following manner and form.

This to say for my executors to make sail by way of Publick Vandue of all of my land buildings mills stock of cattle horses mares or what else to me belonging or any ways apertaining and every perticuler part thereof whether moveable or other ways and the monies arising thereby to be desposed of as followeth: I give to my Son Thomas Elswick five shills. To my Daughter Rachell Anderson five shillins. and to my Son John, decd. heirs five shill and to my grand Daughter Rachell Elswick __________ [thirteen pounds, ten] shill _________ and after paying all my Debts and other Necessary charges arising The over ___to be my real and absolute Estate of my Dearly beloved Wife Rachell Elswick and Every part thereof Whether more or less without any manner of condition.

And I do hereby constitute, apoint, and ordain Henry Oldaker and my Beloved Wife Rachell Elswick to be my executors of this my Last Will and Testament. And I do hereby uterly disalow revoke & and disannul all and every other former Testament Will Legaces and bequest and executors by me in any ways before named. Willed and Bequeathing notifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal the day and year above written

/s/ John (X) Elswick (his mark) (seal)

Signd. Seald. publishd pronounced & Declared by the sd. John
Elswick as his Last will and Testament in presence of us
/s/ Joseph W. How
/s/ James (X) Scott (his mark)

John Elswick Last Will and Testament

Recorded Will Bk. 1-22, Page 1

This last Will and Testament of John Elswick deced. was presented in Court by Rachel Elswick the Executrix therein named proved by the oaths of Joseph How & James Scott Witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of the said Executrix who made oath according to Law certificate is granted herefore obtaining a probat thereof in due form __security where upon shall together with Joseph How & Thomas Elswick her securities entered into ________ penalty of Four (?) hundred pounds ___for the said Rachel _____ administration of ___ performance of __will
/s/ ______Jones (title)