TEXT OF THE WILL AND TESTAMENT OF
In the name of God amen: I John Ewing, of the County of Montgomery and the State of Virginia, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory (thanks be given unto God), calling into mind the mortality of my body and 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 the almighty God who gave it, and my body unto the earth to be interred in Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors; nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, viz.:
I give and bequeath to my daughter Eleanore Cocke, my brown mare, with what I have already given her and no more.
I give and bequeath to my son Alexander my desk and one young bay mare and colt.
I give and bequeath to my son William, my negroe man named Lab, and negroe woman named Kate.
I likewise give and bequeath to my son William my tracts of land lying in Powells Valley, in the County of Russell containing thirteen hundred acres or thereabout.
I also give and bequeath to my son William one feather bed and furniture, and one bay mare four years old.
I give and bequeath to my (grandsons) William and Charles Cocke my whip saw and cross cut.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsy three hundred acres of land of the above mentioned bequeathed to my son William, known by the name of Cocke's old tract, if she comes there to live, and if not, to remain in the possession of my son William.
I also give and bequeath to my daughter Betsy one bay mare three years old next spring.
I give and bequeath to my grandson John Cocke two hundred acres of land at the mouth of Trading Creek, including both sides of said creek for quantity.
I order my household furniture with all the remaining part of my personal estate to be equally divided between my two sons. I order my son William to pay his brother Alexander the value of Seventy Pounds in horses at the valuation of two indifferent men.
I likewise give and bequeath to my son Alexander a tract of land on Elk Creek in Montgomery County containing eleven hundred acres if obtained.
I order, nominate, constitute, and appoint my two sons Alexander and William Ewing my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament, disannulling and making void all former wills and testatments by me heretofore made, ratifying, allowing, and confirming none other than this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this twenty-fifth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven.
John Ewing [seal]
Signed, sealed, pronounced, and declared by the said John Ewing as his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names.
At a Court cont'd and held for Montgomery County the 5th day of March, 1788. This last will and testament of John Ewing, deceased, was presented in Court by William Ewing, one of the Executors, therein named, and proved by the oathes of John Montgomery, Sen'r., John Montgomery, Jun'r., and Samuel Montgomery three of the witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.