The Last Will and Testament of
July 20, 1772-September 1772
Be it known unto all men by these present that I BENNON PRICHARD of the County and Province afsd. being in a poor state of health but of sound mind and disposing memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body that is appointed once for all men to die do make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament revoking & disannulling all other former wills by me heretofore made, in manner and form following.
I give and bequeath unto my loving Wife MIRIAM PRICHARD, one feather bed & furniture one young mare called Jenn, two cows & calves, half a dozen ews one cedar befatt, one lining wheal one sow & pigs, one yoak of oxen, yoke, chain & plow, one iron pott with hooks & pott Trammell one cypress chest? Half doz chairs half dozn pewter plates three pewter basons twenty barrels Indian corn five hundred weight of pork, one gum square table, one womans side saddle & bridle also ten pounds proclamation money to her & her heirs forever.
Item I give & bequeath unto my four children viz ELIZABETH, MARY, JOHN, & JOSEPH PRICHARD one negro man Jacob my negro man Mingo my negro girl Lydia to them & their heirs forever to be equally devided amongst them, but in case my negro man Mingo should misbehave then my executors shall have full power to ?????? the money out for the use of sd. children: my will & desire is that my Wife MIRIAM PRICHARD shall have the use of the uprising of my whole estate during her widowhood for her to raise maintain & educate my children upon.
Lastly I nominate constitute & appoint my friend Thomas Nicholson my friend Thomas Winslow executors to this my Last Will & Testament revoking disannulling & making void all other former wills by me heretofore made In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 20th day of the seventh month called Jully 1772
BENNONI PRICHARD seal
Henry Haughton ????
Thomas Winslow Jur.
SS Sept. Inferior Court of Pleas & Quarter sessions 1772
Present his Majesties Justices
The last Will and Testament of BENONY PRICHARD dec. was exhibited by Thomas Winslow Executor thereto moved by the solemn assimation of Henry Haughton one of the subscribing evidences in due form of law at the same time the said Thomas Winslow one of the Executors qualified there to ordered to be recorded ordered that the secretary have notice.
Recorded agreeable to due order Sept Term 1788
Will. T. Muse Clk
For Frederick Blunt
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)