28 October 1815
Caroline County, Maryland
Liber JR #C, Folio 332-333

Submitted by Adina Watkins Dyer


In the Name of God Amen.  I John Gowty of Caroline County in the State of Maryland being in Reasonable health of body and of perfect sound disposing mind memory and understanding Considering the Certainty of death and the uncertainty of time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence I do therefore make ordain and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say:

First and principally I commit my soul unto the hands of Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor herein after named and after my Just debts and funeral expenses are paid I give devise and bequeath as follows:

Item. I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Rhoda Cammon widow of Joshua Cammon on Shilling and
no  more.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my son Abel Gowty one Shilling and no more.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Britanna Willis one Shilling and no more.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my son Pritchel Gowty one Shilling and no more.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Centhea Nichols Widdow of John Nichols one Shilling and
no more.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Vility Stevens one Shilling and no more.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my grandson James Gowty all and singular the land and premises where on I
 now live as that I am entitled to and if the said James Gowty should die without a lawfull heir then my will
and desire is that it may be equally divided between my three grandchildren Mary, Lucretia, and John
Stevens Gowty to be equally divided to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my three grandchildren Mary Gowty and Lucretia Gowty and John Stevens
Gowty ten pounds a piece for James Gowty to pay them when he comes to be twenty years of age out
 legacys out of my land.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my unto my four grandchilren James Gowty Mary Gowty Lucretia Gowty and John Stevens Gowty all my personal property to be equally divided between them four and to remain in my executors hands till they come to lawful ages to receive it all clear of interest till paid.
And lastly it is my will and desire that there be no administration on my estate and I do appoint William Stevens whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament and the William Stevens hold all my land and all lmy estate till the within named mentioned come to lawful age to receive it and then will and truly to execute do and perform all things herein written and to pay to each person herein named the sum or things mentioned if I leave enough to pay my debts and to pay them of without any administration or appointment according to the best intent and meaning of the same hereby revoking and annuling all former wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and testament.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty eighth day of October in the year of our lord Eighteen hundred and fifteen.                              his
                                                                             Signed: John  *  Gowty

Signed sealed published and delivered by John Gowty the within Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto:
        his                             his
Azel ^ Stevens, William  x  Collins, John Collison
       mark                        mark

Caroline County towit: } Then came William Stevens the executor named and appointed in the
21st day of Aug. 1818 }   aforegoing will and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that the foregoing instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of John Gowty late of Caroline County deceased that hath come to his hand or possession and he doth not know of any other of a later date.

Certified by John Young, Reg.

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