11 April 1806
Caroline County, Maryland
Liber JR #C, Folio 108

Submitted by: Adina Watkins Dyer

I THOMAS WATKINS of Caroline County and State of Maryland being in health of body of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding, but considering the certainly of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it may please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to day:

First, after my lawful debts and funeral expenses are paid, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife NAOMY all my estate both real and personal during her life, and at her decease my will and desire is that my son THOMAS WATKINS shall have my dwelling place and all the land which I may have possession of at my death, on the  provision that he my son THOMAS afsd.  shall pay my daughter MARGARETT WATKINS the sum of forty pounds current money of the State afsd. at the time of his having possession thereof and for services done in my lifetime, but of my son THOMAS afsd. shall refuse to pay my daughter MARGARETT afsd. the sum of current money before mentioned or shall bring forward any accompt against estate for services or good deeds done for me in my life time, in either of these cases then my will is and I do hereby direct that the orphan's court of Caroline county shall be fully authorized to appoint some judicious person to make a bargain and sale of the aforesaid land and premises as they think proper, and first pay the sum current money before mentioned to my daughter MARGARETT afsd. and the balance of the money then remaining my will and desire is it may be equally divided between my son THOMAS, son JOHN, son RHEUBEN, grandson WILLIAM WATKINS and my three daughters ANN WAGAMAN, ESTHER WATKINS and MARGARETT WATKINS, share and share alike.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my children and grandchildren before named after the decease of my wife all the personal estate that shall then be remaining after her lawfull debts and funeral expenses are paid to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike.

Item, Whereas I have not taken notice of my son JAMES WATKINS, I do hereby declare that the part which I have given to his son WILLIAM shall go in full satisfaction of all right, title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever which he may or can any wise pretend to have or claim of in or to all or any part of my real or personal estate.

Item, my will is and I do hereby direct that there be no administration on my estate until the decease of my wife.  And lastly, I do nominate and appoint my son THOMAS WATKINS to be sole executor of this last will and testament, utterly revoking and disanulling all former wills by me heretofore made, hereby ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last this eleventh day of April  Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and six: 1806.

Signed: THOMAS WATKINS  {seal}

Signed, sealed, published and declared by THOMAS WATKINS }
the within named testator as and for his last will and testament   }
and in the presence of each other have subscribed our                }
names as witnesses thereto     ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~      }

Caroline County                }
The 16th September 1806 } Then came HENRY CHARLES and THOMAS GRIFFITH two of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of THOMAS WATKINS late of Caroline county, deceased, and severally mad oath on the holy evangels of Almighty God, that they did see the testator herein named sign and seal this Will, that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding; and that they respectively subscribed their names as Witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the Testator, and in the presence of each other and ISAAC POOL
who they also saw subscribe this Will as witness in the presence and at the request of the testator.

Certified by RICHARDSON RYLE ~

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