In the name of God, Amen, I William Shannon of the County of Tazewell being sick and weak of body, but of sound mind and disposing memory, for which I thank God , and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as hath pleased God to bless me with, I do hereby make my last and testament in the manner and form following, that is to say;
Firstly, i desire that all the perishable part of estate to immediately sold after my decease an out of the monies arising there from, all my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid.
Secondly, after the payment of my debts and funeral expenses, I give and bequeath to my my Wife, Margaret Shannon, one third part of my estate, both real and personal, for and during her natural life and after her decease I give same to my children hereafter named in the following manner that is to say.
Thirdly, I give to my son, Thomas Shannon, my daughters Agnes Shannon, Elizabeth Shannon, and also believing my wife to be in a state of pregnancy, the issue of that birth to share equal with the above mentioned son and two daughters, all my land and personal estate , except two hundred dollars herein after mentioned equally divided among them and enjoyed by them and theirs forever.
Fourthly, I give to William Shannon, son of Nancy Thompson, and Nancy Corder, the daughter of Susanna Corder two hundred dollars to be equally divided between them and theirs Heirs.
Lastly, Id hereby constitute and appoint my friends John Shannon and George Hudson executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 24th of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.
Signed, sealed, published and declared , as and for, the last will and testament of the above named William Shannon in the presence of us Witnesses.
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