WILL OF JOHN BRITTON
In the Name of God Amen, I John Bretton of Prince George's Parish in Craven County in the province of South Carolina aforesaid being weak in Body but of perfect sense and memory do make this my last Will and Testament committing my Spirit to God that gave it in hopes to Rise with my blessed Saviour at the General Resurrection and my Body I comitt to the Earth from whence it came and as for my worldly goods has bin please to Endue me with I Give and Bequeath as followeth: Item: I Desire that all my estate shall be kept together untill all my lawfull debts are payd then to be divided as followeth: First, I give and bequeath to my will beloved wife Rachell Bretton the one third of my personal estate with one pacing horse bridle and side saddle, I give and bequeath to my sister Hannah Rays children a cow and calf to every one of them, do give and bequeath to sister Mary Balaughs children each of them a cow and calf and the rest of my estate I do give and bequeath to be equally divided between all my brothers and sisters My desire is that my wife shall live if she please my dwelling house during her widdowhood, I do make and ordaine as my Executors my beloved wife Rachell Bretton and my brother Francis Bretton and my brother Timothy Bretton to be my whole and sole Executors of this my last will I disanulling and revokeing all others as witness my hand and seale this sixth day of February in the third year of the reigne of our Sovereigns Lord George of Great Britain France and Ireland and Kind Defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord Anno Dom. 1729. Signed: John Bretton, (seal)
Witness: Phillip Owen, Richard Cary, Henry Bosyare (his mark)
Recorded December 2, 1730 by Chas. Hart. Sec.
Recorded in Original Will book 1729-1731, pg 259, Charleston, South Carolina
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