March 25, 1732/3 In the name of God Amen, I John Austin of St. Mary's County planter being very sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for the same I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manor and form following.
First I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God that give it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named.
Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my Godson Austin Sanford Smoote, three feather beds and furniture equivalent as also seven cows and seven calves and thirty pounds of new pewter and three iron pots, viz one ten gallon pot, one three gallon pot and one one gallon pot and one young mare of three years old and her increase forever - and likewise one young horse of four years old and also six killable hogs of four years old, and three cows and pigs which I give to him the said Austin Sanford Smoote and his heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath unto William Harrison my grandson in law a certain parcel of land part of the plantation which I now live upon. Beginning at a large beatch (beech) tree standing by a spring near the side of the creek running from thence with a streight (straight)line into the woods to a large pine tree standing near the edge of my line thence with my line a chestnut post standing in the old field and from thence to the creek and the said parcel of land to be in the possession of William Harrison the father of the above named William Harrison to him and his heirs forever after the decease of my loving wife Ellinor Austin.
I give and bequeath unto my godson Austin Sanford Smoote all the remainder part of the tract of land which I now live upon to him and his heirs forever and my will is to William Harrison do plant or cause to be planted two hundred young apple trees on my above said godsons part of land and to endeavour to defend any law suit on account of the said land.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter in law Elizabeth Trigg one young black horse named Figure it is my true intent and meaning that my well beloved wife Elliner Austin shall have the benefit of my estate I have now bequeathed during her natural life.
And also it is my true intent meaning and desire that if my godson the said Austin Sanford Smoote should depart this life without lawful issue that then my desire is that my son in law John Smoote shall inherit the lands that I have bequeathed unto my godson Austin Sanford Smoote to him and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my godson Austin Sanford Smoote one small oval table and a cubbard (cupboard) also I give unto my godson Austin Sanford Smoote when he comes of age to receive the estate twenty barrels of Indian Corn.
Item I give and bequeath unto my two sons in law viz John Smoote and William Harrison a certain tract of land lying and being in Stafford County containing one thousand acres more of less adjoining to Acquiah Creek in Virginia to them their heirs and assignees forever.
Furthermore I do desire that if my well beloved wife Elliner Austin should depart this life before the said Austin Sanford Smoote attin (attain) to the age twenty one years then it is my will and desire that my son in law John Smoot shall have his estate in possession till he arrives to the age of twenty one years excepting my negroes.
I give and bequeath unto my godson Austin Sanford Smoot my negro woman named Flora and her increase for ever, as also a young negroe boy named William Tate which I give and bequeath to him and his heirs for ever and furthermore it is my will and desire that my godson said Austin Sanford Smoot should depart this life without lawful issue then the above said negroes and their increase I bequeath unto my grandson William Harrison and his heirs forever.
I likewise constitute ordain and appoint my well beloved wife Elliner Austin and my son in law John Smoote my sole Executrix and Executor of this my last will and testament revoking and making void all other former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this day and date first above written. John Austin his mark Witnessed by John Thomas Thomas Doxcey his mark Absola Jenifer his mark