In the name of God Amen, I James Graves recalling of the facts of life and many thanks to The Almighty God who gave it to me. Hoping thru the work of "John the Baptist" to receive the same at the last Day of Judgment and to enjoy eternal life. I commit my body to be buried in a Christian manner according to the direction of my Executor hereafter named. Thus, I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Joan Graves all of my real and personal effects to have for life and recorded forever. I do constitute and appoint my loving wife Joan Graves my whole and sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, revoking and denying all other Wills and Testaments heretofore written by me. Made as witnessef this 10th Day of January 1724.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered,
in the presence of
James Graves (His Seal)
Susannah H. Graves
At a court held for Essex County on Tuesday the 20th Joan Graves his wife and Executor presented Day of April 1725, the above Will and Testament of James Graves to this court.