Will of Edward Dunscomb:

In The Name of God Amen. The Eighteenth Day of June one thousand Seven hundred Thirty & Three I Edward Dunscomb (Gent?) of Pembrooke Tribe in these Island of Bermuda Shipwright being very weak in body but of perfect mind (and?) Memory thanks be given therefore unto almighty God and Calling to mind the (?) of my Body and Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die do make and (?) this my last will and Testament in Manner and form Following That is to Say and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and for my (body?) I recommend it tothe Earth to be buried in a Christian Like and decent manner at the (Discretion?) of my Executors hereafter Named nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection. I (?) receive the Same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching Such Worldly Estate(?) Wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give devise and Dispose of the (?), I Will that my debts and Funerall Charges Shall be paid and (discharged?). Item. I Give and bequeath unto my two Sons William & Edward all that parcell of (Land?) that I am Lawfully (possessed?) of being about Seven Acres be it more or be it less. Likewise (?) Except the two Westernmost chambers as I Shall hereafter mention and if Either Should (die?) and Leave no Issue then the Said Land the Survivor of my two Sons William or Edward Lawfully Posses the Same after my Wife's Hannah Dunscomb Decease and not before. Item I give my four Daughters Annah Isabella Susanna and Margett the Westernmost Chambers to live in for their Comforts untill Such time of their Day of (?) or anyways better provided for. Item I Give unto my son William one Negro (boy?) Called (D---?) to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his Body but for want of Such Issue to Return to (?) son Edward and his heires lawfully begotten after my wife's Decease and not before. Item I give unto my Son Edward One Negro Boy Called Joe to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of His (body?) but for want of Such Issue to Return to my Son William and his heirs lawfully begotten after (my?) Wifes Decease and not before. Item I Give unto my Daughter Eliza Arget a Negro woman (called?) Ruth and her Issue to my said Daughter Elizabeth and her heirs Lawfully begotten (?) for want of Such Issue to Returne and be divided Equally Amongst my Other four (Daughters?) before Named. Item I give unto my Daughter Annah one Negroe Girl Called (?) to (her?) and her heirs Lawfully begotten and of her body for want of Such Issue to Return (amongst?) the Survivors of her sisters at my Wifes Decease and not before. Item. I give unto my Daughter Isabella a negro boy called Daniell to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her Body and for want of Such Issue to Return amongst the Survivors of her Sisters at my wife's decease and not before. Item. I Give unto my Daughter Susanna a Negro Boy Called Tom to her (and?) her heirs lawfully begotten of her Body but for want of Such Issue to Return amongst the Survivors of her Sisters after my Wife's Decease & not Before. Item I Give to my Daughter Margett a Negro Boy called Toby to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her Body and forwant of Such Issue to Return amongst the Survivors of her Sisters after my Wife's Decease & not before. Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife the two Breeding Negroes call Nan & Jane and a Negro Boy Called (Lester?) and if those negro Women Should have (any?) Children I leave (Entirely?) to Wife's Disposing and for all the residue of my Personall (Estate?) my will is that it Shall be Equally Divided amongst my Children at my (?) deces and not before and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannull all and every other former Testament by me heretofore made and this to be my Last will and Testament my will (?) that I appoint my Wife and my son Edward with Joseph Howe Esq. to be my Sole Executors to this my last will in Witness to Whereof I have here unto Sett my hand and Seale the day and Year (?). (?) above the Second last lines was before Signing Sealing and delivery.

                              The mark of
                               Edward Dunscomb

By His Excellency the Governor & Ordinary.

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