This is a transcription of the will of Thomas Cave Jr of Fauquier County, VA. A few changes in spelling and capitalization have been made, and punctuation has been added to facilitate reading, but the grammar and syntax of the document are original.
Fauquier County Will Book 3 pages 67-69
In the name of God, Amen. I Thomas Cave of the County of Fauquier and state of Virginia being sick and low of body health but of perfect memory, thanks be to God for it, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and that all flesh must yield unto death when it does please God, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows, that is, first I give and bequeath my precious and immortal soul to the hands of God who gave it and as [for] my body, I recommend it to the earth, there to be buried in a Christianlike manner at the discretion of my executors, whom I shall hereafter appoint, and as for the rest of my estate after the settling of my accounts and the paying of my debts, order and dispose of the same in the manner and form as follows, that is to say
At a court held for Fauquier County the 25th day of September, 1797, this will was proved by the oaths of Philip Cooksey and Joseph Hickman witnesses thereto and ordered recorded and on the motion of John Rollins, the executor herein named who made oath and together with John Rector and James McFarland and his securities entered unto and acknowledged bond in the penalty of two thousand and five hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted him for attaining a probate thereof in due form.