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John Kellam of Somerset County
This will transcription has been provided by Beth Johnson. Thanks, Beth!
In the name of God Amen. October the nineteenth day Anno Dom. one Thousand seven Hundred ninty and three. I John Kellam Senior of Somerset County in the state of Maryland Planter being in perfect mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for it and calling to mind the uncertainty of this present life and willing to settle my affairs here on earth and as for my worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with I bestow in manner and form as followeth Viz. Imprimis, I give and bequeath unto Jesse Maddux Lankford all my tract of Land Called dick folly [Possibly land patented by John Kirk in 1681 called "Dickinson's Folly"] and also my tract of Land called Chance to him and his heirs and assign forever upon the Provison that the said Jesse Maddux Lankford pay unto the said John Kellam the sum of Twenty Shillings per acre to him his heirs or assignee and also for the said John Kellam and his wife Elisabeth Kellam to have the Liberty of Tending the young orchard field and also Pasture for their Creatures During Their natural life. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter and Law Leah Cottingham one feather Bed and furniture which she used to sleep on to her and heirs forever. item I give and bequeath all the remainder of my estate unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth Kellam during her natural life. Item, I do hereby nominate & ordain & appoint my well beloved wife Elisabeth Kellam my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament Dissannuling all other wills or testaments before made by me 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 have affirmed the day and year above written Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in the presence of us.
John Kellam [seal]
February the 7th day 1797 Then came Elizabeth Kellam & made oath on the holy Evangels of Almighty God that the within instrument of writings is the true & whole last will & Testament of John Killam late of Somerset County deceased that hath come to her hands & possession & that she doth not know of any other
Before Esme Bayly, Regr Wills
February the 7th. Then came James Whittington & Southy Whittington two of the subscribing witnesses to the within last will & Testament of John Killam late of Somerset county deceased & severally made oath on the holy Evangels of almighty God that they did see the Testator within named sign & seal the within will & that they heard him publish promounce and declare the same to be his last will & testament & at the time of his doing he was t the best of each of their apprehensions of sound & disposing mind memory & understanding & that they did respectively subscribe their names as witnesses to the same in thes presence & at the request of the Testator & in the presence of each other.
Before Esme Baily, Regr Wills
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