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William Coulbourne of Somerset County
Will Written 12 Jan 1689, Proved 11 Mar 1689/90

This will transcription has been provided by Iva Thompson. Thanks, Iva!




In the Name of God Amen the Twelfth day of January one thousand Six hundred eighty & nine I, William Coulbourne of Annamessex in ye County of Somerset and Province of Maryland gent being Sick of body but of perfect memory and remembrance blessed by God yet Calling to mind ye uncertainty of estate of this Transitory life do make Constitute and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following revoking and dissanulling all former and other wills, by these presents by me made and this only and none other to be my last will & testament. And first being penitent and heartily Sorry for all my Sins past I do Commit my Soul unto Almighty God in hopes through the meritorius days and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour to receive full pardon and forgiveness of the Same. Next I Commit my body to ye earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner according to discretion of my executor hereafter Named And as to the Settling of my temporall estate which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me far beyond my deserts, I do give & bequeath in manner & form following:

But first I will that all those debts and Legacies I owe in right and Conscience to any manner of Person or persons whatsoever Shall be well and truly paid within Convenient time after my decease.

Imprimis - I give & bequeath unto my Eldest Sonn William Coulbourne my full and Sole executor the plantation whereon I live now and all the land belonging thereunto excepting Two Tracts of land: with three negroes vizt Emanuell, Betty and Abraham as also my own horse Saddle; bridle pistolls and holsters; one press Standing in the outer roome with the table and Settle; bedstead, a pare of Andirons and one Chest of drawers in the inward Lower room; Six draught oxen with Plow & necessaryes belonging.

Secondly - I do give & bequeath unto my Sonn Robert Coulbourne one parcel of land Called Harts ease Containing Two hundred acres and another parcel of land Called Harts Content Containing fifty Acres to him & his heires for ever; also one Negroe Called Jack, with one young Sorrel horse with a blaze down his face, with one Chest of drawers being in the Chamber with Two thousand pounds of tobacco

Thirdly - I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Taylor and John Taylor and to the heires of their bodies for ever one parcel of Land which the Said John Taylor has Cleared upon beginning at a marked oak dividing it from my Son William's land and So running up my Creek to the land I formerly gave my Daughter Penellopie, with one Moletta boy Called Well, and one Mare Called Sweet Lips, and I order that my Grandaughter Dorothy have her first Mare Colt; And also I give my four Grandaughters Ann: Jane: Dorothy and Mary Taylor each of them one Cow Calfe and Dorothy one ewe lamb.

Fourthly - Also to my Daughter Anne Taylor I give one wainscoat Chest and one Chest more that is in the Store house with Two Thousand pounds of Tobacco.

Fifthly - I give & bequeath unto my daughter Penelopie Holland one hive of bees and twelve pence in Silver the full of her Legacies and Portion.

Sixthly - I further give unto my aforesaid Son William Coulbourne my house that is in Towne as also my feather Bed I lye on with its furniture thereto belonging with a bell, Mettle Pott and Two Brass pans.

Item I give unto my grandaughter Anne Coulbourne one yearling heifer.

Sevently - I give unto my Cossin John West one Cow and Calfe.

Eigthly - I do desire that what other personall estate is left when the Legaties are paid be equally divided amongst my Two Sonns and Daughter vizt William, Robert And Ann

Ninethly - It is my will & desire that my Sonn Robert & John Taylor have the priviledge of my great pasture for their Creatures during their life times they helping to keep the fence in repair ------ in sight.

Signed Sealed Wittnessed pronounced and declared to be my last will and Testament^and presents of

Thomas Everndon       William Murton Lancelott       James Signum       George Madux      John West       William V. Coulborne (Seale)

This will proved in open Court the 11th. day of March 1689/90 Maryland Somerset County is Signed per order per Jno. West Deputy Clerk Court County Somerset


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