Will of John Burnett II
In the name of God, Amen. I, John Burnett of Essex County being sick and weak of body, but of sound & perfect memory praise be to God for the same & knowing the uncertainty of this chancetory life & that all flesh is grass & must stoop to death & being desirous to settle things in order before I go hence & be no more seen, I do make this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following:
Imprimis, I give & bequeath my soul unto the hands of God Almighty my creator & maker who gave it to me assured by believing that I shall receive full pardon free & absolute remission of all my sins & saved in by & through the precious death of his Son my mediator & redeemer, Christ Jesus, & I bequeath my body to the ground from whence it was taken to be buried in a decent & Christian manner, as to my Executrix & Executor hereafter named shall be thought meet & fit & as for my worldly goods which God in his mercy has lent me, my will and pleasure is that they should be employed & bestowed as hereafter is appointed:
#1 I give unto my dear & loving wife, Amey Burnett, one negro named Will to her & her heirs forever.
#2 I give to my son John Burnett a melato girl named Cate to him & his heirs forever.
#3 I give to my son Joseph Burnett a negro girl name Sue to him & his heirs forever.
#4 I give to my daughter Elizabeth Burnett a negro boy named Sam to her & her heirs forever.
#5 I give to my daughter Anne Burnett, a negro woman named Jenny to her and her heirs forever.
#6 I give to my daughter Amy Burnett, a negro girl named Moll to her & her Heirs forever.
#7 Further my desire is that my two sons, John Burnett & Joseph Burnett be of age at the year of 16 that they receive their estate then.
#8 I give all the rest of my estate equally to be divided between my loving wife and my five children to them & their heirs forever.
#9 Further my desire is that all my land may be equally divided between my two sons, John & Joseph to them & their heirs forever. Further my will & desire is that my land be divided between them when they arrive at age 16.
#10 I hereby constitute, ordain & appoint my loving wife Amey Burnett & my well beloved brother, Thomas Burnett, Jr. my whole & sole Executors of this my Last Will & Testament some of my Will being on the backside of a sheet of paper wherefore I have affixed my hand & seal this 17th day of September 1717.
Sep 1717 Essex County, Virginia
Transcribed by Kimberly Miller Bates
2006-2007 Kimberly Miller Bates
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