In the name of God amen.
I JACOB BORER of the Co. of Hampshire and Commonwealth of Virginia,
being of sound mind and memory thanks be to God calling to mind
the mortality of all flesh and that it is appointed for all men
once to die do this nineteenth day of October in the year of
our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight make and
publish this my last will and testament in the way and manner
following. First and principally I recommend my soul to God that
gave it and my body to the dust nothing doubting but (?) that
I shall receive the same again at the general resurrection of
all flesh according to the mighty power of God and as touching
my worldly estate with which it has pleased God to bless me with.
I will and bequeath in the manner and way following:
Imprimis, after funeral expenses paid; I will to my beloved wife
BARBERY the whole of my personal estate to raise the children
on this proviso that she may think convenient. To keep them together
and if to the contrary then the estate to be equally divided
after her thirds among my children (BARBARY, CHARLES, MARY, JACOB,
ELIZABETH, THOMAS, MARTAIN, ROSANA).
MARTAIN and ROSANA I will to each of ten pounds extraordinary
~ more than their share.
Thusly I do will to my second son JACOB that one half of the
plantation that my house and improvement is on and the other
half to my son THOMAS to be put in those (his? or thine?) possession
when of age: and they my two sons JACOB & THOMAS are to pay
eight pounds apiece to be equally divided among their brothers
I do thereby constitute and appoint my wife BARBERRY, JACOB HANKLE
& J'N WILSON Excr. to this my last will and testament hereby
revoking all my former wills rectifying & confirming this
and this only to be my last will and testament witness where
of I have here unto set my; my hand and seal in the day and year
Armentrout & Henry Judy
Signed Jacob HELMICK
CH Borrers (with his initials signed)
Written: 19 Oct 1778.
Recorded: 10 Nov 1778, Romney, Hampshire Co., WV.