IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I, JOHN BROWN, of the Village and Parish of Lifton, in the County of Devon, being of weak habit of Body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament recommending my Soul to the Almighty God who gave it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executrix and as to the worldly goods it hath pleased the Almighty God to bless me with I give devise and bequeath in manner as follows.
First I give and bequeath unto each of my Brothers and Sisters who may survive me the sum of one pound of lawful money currant in Great Britain to be paid within one year after my decease. Secondly and lastly I make ordain and appoint my beloved Sister Thomazin Arscott Brown my whole and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament of all monies securities of money and every other thing I shall or may die possessed of after paying any just debts and the legacies of this my Will. And I do hereby revoke disalow [sic] and disappoint all and every other Will or Wills heretofore made by me in any wise notwithstanding this my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourty [sic].
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Brown as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who [in the presence of us who] [being stroked through] in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names the day and year above written. signed John Brown [by his mark]