Transcription taken from FamilyTreeMaker, Norman W. Scofield
Will bears the date of 24 April 1748-9. This is a "New Date/Old Date Styling, indicating that in the "Old Calander" the year was 1748, but in the "New Calander" it was 1749. However, the New Style/Old Style the transition month was March, not April. If the month was indeed April, than the date would have been written in both New Style and Old Style, April 1749.
Will identifies only sons Samuel and Matthew, plus "other children".
In the name of God, Amen, the twenty-fourth day of April, 1748-9, I, John Houston, of Augusta County, Va., being of good and perfect memory, thanks be to Almighty God, and calling to remembrance the uncertain state of this transitory life, and that all flesh must yield to death when it shall please God to call, do make, constitute, ordain and declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form following; revoking and annulling by these presents all and every testament, and testaments, will and wills, heretofore by me made and declared, either by word or writing. And this is to be taken only for my last will and testament, and none other. And, first, being penitent and sorry, from the bottom of my heart, for my sins past, and most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same, I give and commit my soul unto Almighty God, my Savior and Redeemer, in whom, and by the merits of Jesus Christ, I trust, and believe assuredly to be saved and to have remission and forgiveness of all my sins, and that my soul with my body, at the general day of resurrection, shall rise again with joy, and through the merits of Christ's death and passion inherit the kingdom of heaven, prepared for his elect and chosen; and my body to be buried in such a place where it shall please my executor, hereafter named, to appoint.
And, now, for the settling of my temporal estate and such goods . . . . as it has pleased God, far above my deserts, to bestow upon me. I do order, give and dispose the same in manner and form following; that is to say, first, I will that all those debts and dues, as I owe in right or controversy to any manner of person, or persons, whosoever, shall be well and truly contented and paid, or ordered to be paid, within convenient time after my decease by my executor hereafter named.
"Item--I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife the full and free possession of all my movable estate; do allow her the full and uninterrupted liberty, together with the advice of John Moore, to give and dispose of the same unto my sons Samuel and Matthew, as she shall think proper and meet; and, at the end of her life, to divide all that she possesses among the rest of my children as she shall judge most convenient, and, likewise, that Mary Blair have a share with the rest; and likewise, I constitute, make and order my well-beloved wife and John Moore my only and sole executors of this my last will and testament. I do hereby disallow and revoke, and disannull all, and, hereby, all and every other former testament, will, legacy and executors by me any time before this time named, willed and bequeathed; ratifying and confirming this, and no other, to be my last will and testament.
"In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the year and day above written.
Will Probated 15 May 1755