Will of Francis Poythress 12-10-1796

In the name of god amen I Francis Poythress ?---- Health of m ----- and of a sound disposing mind but calling to mind the mortality of my body do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following in premis I give devise and bequeath unto my loving wife all my estate of every kind that I do posess reserving unto my daughter Mary Peterson Randolph which I give five shillings which said sum I give unto my daughter to her and her heirs forever.

Item: whereas there was a marriage contract between my wife and myself and whereas the true intent and meaning of the said writing was that my said wife was to enjoy and have the full and free disposal of all the estate of every kind that came by her without the let or hindrance of me and my heirs. Now if there should be any deficiencies in the said writing so as to intitle my heirs to any of the property. The ? ------- y wife, my will and desires and I do hereby revoke all such claim and desire that my wife and her heirs should enjoy all the estate that came by her without the ?--- ? ------- ?--- Or molestation of my heirs in witness wherso I have hence unto set my hand and seal this 10th day of December, Anno Domnini 1796.


Francis Poythress (seal)
Signed sealed published and
Declared in presence of:
Reubin Wilkinson
Robert Reese