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In the Name of God Amen.
The sixteenth day of March Anno Domini 1757, I Jacob Perkins of Ipswich in the county of Essex, Weaver, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God: Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament That is to say,
Principally and First of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executrix nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive of same again by the merciful power of God
And as touching such wordly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
Item; I have given to my son Jacob his full proportion of my estate as by his discharge may appear
Item; I have given to my daughter Elizabeth her full part of my estate as by account may appear
Item; I have given to my daughter Mary her full proportion of my estate as by accounts above mentioned being had
Item; Beside what I have already given to my son Francis I give and bequeath to him all my wearing clothes and apparel which I may leave, all my debts, with my gun or guns to him my son Francis.
Item; All the rest and remainder of my estate I give to Mary my now wife for her use and to dispose of among my children now at home with us, viz: Mehetebll, Unis and Sarah, according to her one discretion
Item; I constitute make and ordain Mary my wellbeloved wife sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disanull all and every other former Testaments Wills Legacies and bequeaths and Executors by me in any way before Named Willed or Bequeathed, Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the above Jacob Perkins as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers
John Brown jnr
Nathaniel Lord junr
Nathall Hart snr
Proved at Ipswich January 3 1759 before the honourable John Choate.