Richard, St. Clement's Manor,St. Mary's
,9th Nov., 1671;
3d Aug., 1672.
To son John and to dau. Mary, wife of Thomas Reeves, personalty.
To wife Anne, execx., plantation on Wicomico R.
and “Bluff Point.”
Test: Thos. Gerard, Thomas Lomax, Mary Snow. 1. 504.
Garrett, of the City of
4th Feb., 1698.
To 2 sons, viz., Joseph and Charles, equally, and hrs.,
dwelling house; also the “Council Rooms” and “Coffec
House” and lands thereunto belonging. In event of death of both sons
afsd. without issue, sd. estate to pass to daus. (unnamed) by present wife.
Wife (unnamed) to have estate during widowhood, and she is not to be
disturbed by child. (unnamed) or sons-in-law
To daus. afsd., personalty; son Joseph appointed
guardian of sd. daus. (unnamed).
To priests of Roman Catholic Church, personalty.
Exs.: Wife afsd. together
with son Joseph afsd.
Test: Nich. Croutch, Wm. Aisquith, Thos. Grunwin, Thos. Sinnodd. 6. 209.
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Mary Vansweringen of St
Maryes County Widdow being Sick of body but of sound and perfect mind and
memory thanks be to Allmighty for the Same and Considering the uncertainty
of this transitory life we are in and that all mortalls must dye do think
convenient to settle all such temporall Benefitts as it hath pleased
Allmighty God to bless me with in order thereunto doe make my last will and
Testament Revokeing Renowncing and makeing void all former will or Wills by
me made and this only to be my last will and testament first and
principally I give and bequeath my Soul to Allmighty God that gave it
Constantly beleiving that
through the Meritorious Death and passion of my Blessed Saviour Jesus
Christ I shall receive full pardon and remission of my Sins and
transgretions past and my Body I bequeath to the Earth from whence it Came
to be buried in Decent and Christian Maner as my Executor hereafter named
shall think fitt.
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Loveing Daughter Dorithy VanSweringen four
negroes two feather bedds two Ruggs two pair of blanketts, two pair of
Sheets and two bolsters one Silver pint Cupp, Six Silver Spoons one Small
English Table to be Delivered to her at the Day of her marriage by my
Executor hereafter Named;...
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Loving Daughter Tereshea VanSweringen four
Negroes, two feather bedds two Ruggs two pair of Blanketts, two pair of
Sheets two bolsters one Pint Silver tankered Six Silver Spoones a Chest of
Drawers and a Small Looking Glass: and to Each of them my Said Daughtersa
Suite of table linen all which to be Delivered to my said Daughters by my
Executor at the Day of their Marriage the above said Legacies being in full
satisfaction for their part or portion of their fathers and my Estate.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my loveing Son Joseph VanSweringen all that
tract or parcell of Land lying in St. Maryes County near St Maryes Called
the point containing two hundred acres or thereabouts to him and his heirs
and assignes for Ever; my Said Son being and is to maintain my Said two
Daughters handsomly untill they are married.
Item I Give unto my loveing Son in Law Mr William Bladen and my Daughter
Bladen a Ring of thirty shillings price to Each of them; Item I Give and
Bequeath unto My Loveing Daughter Elinor Carroll two Thousand pound of
Tobacco to be paid by my Executor in Convenient time after my decease, it
is my Desire that the Negroes which I have Given to My two Daughters Shall
be Such as my Said Executor Shall think fitt they not Exceeding forty years
a piece; Item I Give and Bequeath all the Rest of My Estate both Real and
person unto my Said Son Joseph VanSweringen after all my Just Debts are
paid and lastly I doe hereby Constitute and appoint my loving Son Joseph
VanSweringen my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament
in witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale this
Seaventeenthday of Febry 1712/13
Signed Sealed and Delivered in thepresence of Wm Aisquith, Ann Moloni,
Hannah (Her Mark) Bantom
MARY VANSWERINGEN (SEALE)
At ye foot of the aforegoing will was thus written, Sept 5th 1713
Then Came Ann Moloni and Hannah Bantom two of the Witnesses to the within
will and made oath that they saw the within Named Mary VanSwearingen Signe
Seale and Deliver the Same as her last will and Testament...
WM AISQUITH Dept
30th Jan., 1737.
To wife Margaret, extx., entire estate during
life; at her decease to be divided bet. William son of William Harrison, and William son of Morris Veale. Shd. either
of these boys die before they possess sd. estate decease's part to pass to
William Veale Rigg, son of James Rigg.
Test: William Harrison, John Stevens, John Kennedy. 21. 841.
Vowles, Cyrus, ST. MARY'S
PROVED DECEMBER 16, 1777 INPRIMIS. I give and bequeath unto my loving son
John Vowles, my now dwelling plantation to him and his heirs forever...
ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my loving son Matthew Vowles
all that plantation which I bought of William Newton, my dear and loving
wife Victoria Vowles to have her third in it, then the whole to him and his
ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my loving son Thomas Vowles, twelve
hogsheads of tobacco, in Leonard Town Warehouse, and one hogshead of
tobacco now in my own tobacco house at home, to him and his heirs
ITEM. My will and desire is that the tobacco made at my lower plantation be
applyed to pay levys and the remainder to the use of the family and to keep
the same hands at the same place, and to work as usual, as also, the hands
at my home plantation, to be kept and work there as usual, and that my
daughter Jane have a negro boy named Charles to wait on her till an
LASTLY. I constitute make and ordain my dear and loving wife Victoria
Vowles, and my loving son John Vowles whole and sole executors of this my
last will and testament, and I do utterly disallow revoke, and disannul all
every other testament by me in any wise before named ratifying and
confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In testimony
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year
Signed sealed and delivered
by the said Cyrus Vowles as his
last will and testament in
the presence of us.
William Mareman Cyrus Vowles
22nd April, 1724.
To son Richard and hrs., tract on w. side Trap Ck. (bounded by “Rocky
Point,” now in poss. of George Thompson, land of William Bradbon,
The Fox” and Brittons Bay), 2 tracts nr. St. Williams Ck. and
To son James and hrs., land bet. that devised son Richard and
(for desc. see will), and personalty.
To son Matthew and hrs., residue of “Vowles'
Purchase,” 80 A. “Vowles' Addition” and
Hattfield's Hills” (bou. of Wm. Thompson). To be in care of
wife Mary till of age at 21.
To son John and dau. Mary (wife of John Chunn, Jr.), personalty, in lieu of
their shere in estate.
To wife Mary, use of dwelling house, ¼ of lands and personalty; to divide
residue of estate with sons Richard, James and Matthew.
Exs.: Sons Richard and James.
Test: John Bowles, Robt. Elliot, Philip Key. 18, 258.
(Waine), Charles,St. Mary's
18th Mch., 1722-3.
To Rebecca (wife of Benjamin Chum) and god-dau. Eliza. Richard, personalty.
To Laurence Lants, of sd.
residue of estate.
Test: Jno. Edward, Wm. Higgs, Jr. 18, 101.
,—– July, 1674;
10th Mch., 1675.
To Mr. Lucas, Jane Paine, widow, and Isaac, son of sd. Jane Paine,
William Newport, residuary legatee of estate, real and personal.
Exs.: Jno. Smallpeece, Wm. Newport.
Test: Richard Chapman. 2. 42.
,11th May, 1698;
6th June, 1698.
To eld. son Thomas and hrs., 500 A., “
Hollow,” on n. side Brittain's Bay.
To wife Ann, extx., life interest in ½ plantation
afsd, and 1/3 of personalty.
To sons Richard and William, 2 tracts, viz., 65 A., “
200 A., (unnamed) bonght of Luke Gardner.
To son Richard and hrs., 56 A., “
Delight,” at hd. of Brittain's Bay.
Residue of personalty in equal shares to 3 sons
Test: Henry Spinke, Thos. Dent, Thos. Lowe. 7. 385.
Richard, planter,St. Mary's
7th Nov., 1717.
To son James and hrs., land on s. side branch
, and personalty.
To dau. Mary and hrs., land on n. side sd. branch,
and personalty. Shd. either die during minority or without issue, survivor
to inherit portion of deceased. Shd. both die during minority or without
issue, dau.'s portion to pass to nephew Thomas Walker, the part on s. side
to pass to nephew Thomas (son of Thomas).
To nephew Richard Walker and hrs., “
To wife Ann, extx., residue of personal estate.
Test: Peter Browne, Anthony Browne, Thos. Dillon. 14. 652.
,10th June, 1727;
2nd Aug., 1727.
To son Thomas and hrs., plan. —— at e.
side of hd. of St. Clements Bay, where John Brown lives.
To Michael Thompson, interest in lease of 49 A.
To dau. Susanna and hrs., plan. ——,
where Thos. Howard lives.
To son Joseph and hrs., plan. ——,
where Jno. Winifrett lives; 40 A. leased land: and residue of real estate;
shd. sons and daus. die
without issue, portion of dec'd to dau. Heneretter Clark and survivors.
To wife Mary, extx., 1/3 personal estate, residue
to 4 child. equally; shd. wife
die, son-in-law James Clark to act as ex. Sons to be educated and of age at
Test: Richard Melton, John Johnson, Edward Clark. 19, 234.
26th Aug., 1685.
To John Pennington and Thomas Gavin, personalty.
To Anne Young, 100 A., “
To Thomas Dillon, ex., and hrs., part of
Morrisses Mount” and residue of estate, real and personal.
Test: Raphall Haywood, Edward Cole, Honnor Cole. 4. 155.
William Walter – St.
b. 4 May 1741 d. Nov 1802
St. Mary’s Will No.
JJ#2 F 307, 11/6/1802; 11/22/1802
Wife, Ann 1/3 dwelling.
and all of land I own in
and slave Charity. Daughter
slave, Harriet, 1/3 household and 1/3 crops
and slave Henry. Son, Richard Craddock, 58 3/4 acres in
which is now in possession and adjoins land of my son, Walter Bragg Walter.
Children: Eleanor, Elizabeth Walter, Ann Smoot, John and Richard Walter
what I have already given them. Children: Walter, Eleanor Walter, Ann
Smoot, Elizabeth, John Thomas, William Shanks Walter and Richard Craddock
Walter slaves Thomas and Charity. Executors: Wife, Ann & son William
Shanks Walter. Witnesses: Henry Gardiner, Andrew Mills, James A. Callis,
and Lawrence Walter.
The last will of In the name of God amen. I William Walter
of Saint Mary’s County
in the State of
being sick in body, but of
William Walter sound mind and memory, do make this my
last will & testament
in the following form
~~~ I Give and bequeath to my ling
Walter 1/3 of my dwelling
plantation and all the land I hold and possess in the State of Maryland,
during the term of her natural life, and no longer--- also I give my loving
Wife Ann Walter to her and heirs forever one negro woman Charity ------
also one third part of all my house and kitchen furniture plantation
utensils and crop now on the land~~~~~
I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Walter to her and her
heirs one negro girl named Harriet, also one third part of my house &
kitchen furniture, plantation utensils, and crop now on the land __ I give and bequeath to my son John
to his and his heirs forever, one
half of all the Lands I hold and possess in the State of Maryland, I give and bequeath to my son Richard
Craddock Walter to him and his heirs forever, a tract of Land lying in
Fauquier County State of Virginia adjoining the Lands of my son Walter Bragg Walter which is now in the
possession and occupation of my said son Richard Craddock Walter supposed
to contain Fifty eight and three quarter acres___ ,
I give and bequeath to my son William Shanks Walter to him and his
heirs forever __ one half of all the Lands I hold and possess in the State
of Maryland, I also give to my son William Shanks Walter one bed and
furniture being part of the remaining third of my house furniture not
before bequeathed. I give and bequeath to my three daughters and two sons,
to wit; Eleanor Walter, Ann Smoot, and Elizabeth Walter and John
and Richard Craddock Walter in
addition to what I have heretofore given them__ all in equal proportions,
the residue of the remaining third part of my house furniture, kitchen
furniture & plantation utensils after deducting the above mentioned Bed
& furniture bequeathed to my son William Shanks Walter ~~~ I give and
bequeath to my son John Thos Walter to him &
his heirs one negro man named Harry ~~~ I give and bequeath to my three
sons and three daughters, to wit: Walter Bragg Walter, Richard C. Walter
& William Walter and Eleanor, Ann Smoot & Elizabeth Walter _ in
addition to what I have already given them _ all six in equal proportion to
be divided among them the three following negros, to wit; boy Gordon Girl
Charity and boy Thomas, to them and their heirs. --- I give and bequeath to
my loving wife Ann Walter and my son William Shanks Walter, in order to
enable them to settle my estate and pay all my Just debts – the
residence of my estate, including the outstanding debts – and lastly
I do hereby nominate and appoint my loving wife Ann Walter and my son
William Shanks Walter to be Executrix and Executor of this my last will and
Testament, revoking and setting aside all other will or wills heretofore
made by me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
sixth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and two -- ~~
Signed, sealed, published & declared by William
Walter the above named Tester as his Last will
& Testament in the presence of us the subscribers Wm Walter
who have signed our names thereto at his request
& in the presence of each other
Henry Gardiner James A. Callis }
the back of the foregoing was the following, to wit. Saint Mary’s County, to wit; 22d day of November 1802, then came Ann Walter & William Shanks
Walter & severally made oath on the evangels of almighty God, that the
within instrument of writing id the true and whole will & Testament
William Walter late of Saint Mary’s County deceased, that have come
to their hands or possession & that they do not of any others.
per Jeremiah Jordan Reg. Wills
Saint Mary’s County
Mary’s County so, the 22d day of November
1802 __ Then came Henry Gardiner, James A. Callis, Andrew Mills &
Lawrence Walter, the four subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will
& Testament of William Walter late of Saint Mary’s County,
deceased, and severally made Oath on the Evangels of almighty God, that
they did see the testator therein named sign his Will & that they heard
him publish, pronounce & declare the same to be his last Will &
Testament; that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their
apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory & understanding; 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
per Jeremiah Jordan Reg. Wills
Saint Mary’s County
14th Sept., 1672.
To dau. Mary Walterling, granddaus. Grace and Eliza: Barnes, personalty.
Ex.: Son John Barnes.
Test: Wm. Asbeston, Henry Smith. 1. 502.
The last will of In the name of God amen. I John
, being of an sick and weak
body though of a
John Walter sound mind memory and
understanding Blessed be Almighty God
same, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and that it
behoveth everyone to settle their affairs while it pleaseth the
Almighty_____ them so to do: I do hereby give devise and bequeath the
worldly goods and chattels it hath pleased the Almighty to bless me with in
manner and form following. First I give devise and bequeath to my oldest
son William all that my plantation in Chaptico Forrest to hold to him his
heirs and assigns forever. I also give to my said son William my young
Horse ____ and saddle, my great coat and boots, and also my watch together
with my Tradesmans tools excepting those out the necessary plantation
tools. Secondly I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca a certain
negro girl named Julia also my horse called Silver and womens saddle and
bridle. Thirdly I give devise and bequeath to my son Laurence these two my
negros known by the names of Dinah and Clem, and also the lap ears mare.
Fourthly I give devise and bequeath to my son Richard a certain negro _____
Abraham. Fifthly I give devise and bequeath to my youngest son James a
certain negro girl called Molle. Sixthly my will is that my servant man,
John Burch be free from my service on the fifth day of April one thousand
seven hundred and sixty two, and I also give to the said John Burch, my
german sage waistcoat and breeches, my best coat, my fine hat, a pair new
stockings knit by Mrs.Musgrove a pair of new shoes, and a new fine shirt,
my will is that instead of wages which will be due to my ______women Jane
McMillen at Christmas next she be paid six hundred pounds of crop tobacco
out of my estate. I also give to my son James my colt by the Lap Ears mare.
I also give to my son Richard the horse called Grey. I also give to my
daughter Rebecca my wifes wedding ring, and also a pair silver shoe buckle
clasps. I also give to my son Richard two pair silver shoe buckles and a
broken gold ring with a pair silver stock clasps.
I also give to my said son William the bed and furniture in the Forest
Plantation and also a basket of feathers, now at my dwelling house and half
the feathers that shall come from the next plucking of geese to be put into
the said bed and also my will is that a new tick be bought out of my estate for the
said bed. I also give to my daughter Rebecca the bed, the linen with the
furniture there to belonging. I also give to my son Laurence the bed I lie
on and the furniture there to belonging. I also give to my son Richard the
bed John Burch lies on with the furniture there to belonging, and a basket
of feathers and one half of the next plucking of the geese and in addition
to the said bed, and my will also is that a new tick be also bought out of
my estate for the said bed. I also give to my son James the bed called
willys bed and furniture there to belonging. I also give to my daughter
Rebecca my tea kettle and coffee pot and trunk called Beccas trunk. I also
give to my son Richard
my looking glass and claw table, I also give to my son James
my largest desk and five framed pictures hanging over the same, my will
also is that a new tick be bought out of my estate for the bed known before
given to my son James and all the rest divided and remained of my personal
estate, whatsoever and wheresoever together with my farm in the plantation
where on I now live. I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca and
my sons Laurence, Richard, and James equally to be divided between them,
and I will and order that my three sons Laurence, Richard, and James be
kept _____to school till their respective ages of sixteen years and then be
bound out to such trades as they shall respectively choose till they
severaly arrive to the age of twenty and one years. And my will is, and my
true intent and
meaning of this my last will and testament. I do declare to be that no
devise gift or legacy in this my last will shall operate or be of any
effect till the boys shall be severaly entitled to the same, by their
respective arrival to the age of twenty and one years, now my daughter to
be entitled to the several bequests and legacy herein given her till she
arrives to the age of sixteen years, and if any or either of my three
younger sons or my daughter Rebecca should die before he or she arrives the
age aforesaid, then my will and intention is that the legacies and bequests
of the party so dying together with his or her part of my estate be equally
divided among the surviving younger children, only but if two or more of my
said children shall die before their respective arrival to the age
aforesaid then the parts that would be due to the parties so dying shall be
equally divided among all my children, and my will and desire is that my
goods, chattels and effects herein devised and given be kept together the
same as in my life time and or the marriage event of my said son William
and my daughter Rebecca till the children respectively be entitled to their
several shares and that then they be severally paid of, and I do hereby
named my said son William to take the management of the children’s
estate upon ___ever as myself, and to continue with and maintain and
provide for them and pay their respective schooling out of the
increase of the said estate and
yearly amount for the profits
thereof, and which increase I will and order to be applied to the use of
the children, and to be an addition to the principle parts of my estate,
and as an encouragement for his so doing. I will that he be entitled to his
board out of my estate, without being accountable for the expenses of my
estate ________ there on, and I do nominate and appoint my said son William and my
daughter Rebecca joint executors of this my last will and testament, hereby
revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made.
Proclaiming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness
where as I have to this ___ ___ of my will affixed my hand and seal, and to
each of the others ______ my name on this twenty seventh day of
September one thousand seven hundred and sixty, before the execution of
this will it is also declared by the said John Walter that the said Rebecca
be ____ with the said William no longer than she continues single and
unmarried and from and immediately after marriage the whole power shall
revolve upon the said William.
John Walter seal
Signed sealed and delivered Nov 10, 1760
By the said John Walter as and
his last will and testament Then George
Reeves and Owen Allen two of the
the presence of us; wherein subscribing
witness to this foregoing will being
presence and at his ____ duly and
solemnly sworn on the holy evangelcal
subscribed our names as of Almighty
God depose and say that they saw the
is thereto: testator
John Walter sign the foregoing will and
heard him publish 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 apprehension of
sound and disposing mind and memory, and that
they subscribed their respective names as witness
to the said will in the presence of the said testator
and at ___ and that they saw Henry Jernagan sign
at the same
time as a witness to the said will in the presence of the said testator and
at his request. Sworn to before me Tho. Aisquith deputy commissioner.
p.401-403 St Marys County, Maryland
– —– —–.
To daughter-in-law Mary Brewer, personalty; sd. daughter-in-law to be in
charge of Elenor Harverd.
To son-in-law James Brewer, personalty.
Son William, residuary legatee.
To Father John Hall, priest, and his successors is left the care of son-in-law
James Brewer and son William afsd.
Exs.: Wm. Harper, Thos. Haddock.
Test: Jas. Pattison, Henry Royle, Thos. Haddock. 7. 337.
Warner, Andrew,St. Mary's
27th Mch., 1662.
To wife Mary, execx., land at hd. of St. Clear's
Branch until son George attain age of 21 yrs. If wife should die, dau.
Isabel to be committed to care of William Lucas, and son George to John
Overseers: Wm. Lucas, Wm. Cole, John Vanheck.
Test: Wm. Kelly, Geo. Mee. 1. 156.
Warner, Andrew,St. Mary's
Oct., 1660; 27th Mch., 1662.
To wife Mary, execx., land at hd. of St. Clear's
Branch until son George
attain age of 21 yrs. If wife should die, dau. Isabel to be committed to
care of William Lucas, and son George to John Vanheck. Overseers: Wm.
Wm. Cole, John Vanheck. Test: Wm. Kelly, Geo. Mee. 1. 156.
,30th Mch., 1698;
6th June, 1698.
To son John and dau. Rebecca, and to Sarah, dau. of
Robert Cole, dec'd, and their hrs., personal estate equally.
Thos. Daft, ex. and guardian of testator's child.;
son to be of age at 18 yrs. and dau. at 16 yrs.
Test: Wm. Husband, Jos. Clarke, Jno. Noble. 7. 383.
Thomas, St. Mary's Co., March 13, 1745; June the 4th 1745
In the Name of God Amen, I Thomas Warren of St. Marys County being sick of
body but of perfect mind and memory doe make and ordain this to be my last
will and Testament revoking and making void all Other wills Either Verbell
or in writing before by me made. First and principally I Give my soul to
Almighty God and my body to the Earth.
2ndly I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Ketting one heifer provided
her husband delivers my young horse to George Warren.
3rdly I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Susanna Strong, one mare which she
has now in possession.
4thly I Give to my Daughter Monica Hill one shilling
satisfaction of her part of my whole Estate.
5thly I Give to the heir of my Daughter Elizabeth Hyatt Deceased one
in full Satisfaction of his or her part of my whole
6thly I Give and bequeath to my son George Warren all the remainder of my
Estate both reall and personall and for the Execution of this my will and
testament I do Appoint my said
son George Warren Executor as Witness my hand and seal this 13th Day of
Signed Sealed and Do in presence of us
Thomas (his mark) Warren SEAL
Thos Spalding, Junior
Leonard Mattingly On the back
of the foregoing will was thus written
Edward Mattingly Viz
St Marys County
June the 4th 1745 ? then Thomas Spalding Junior,
Leonard Mattingly and Edward Mattingly the subscribing witnesses to the
foregoing will being duly and Solemnly Sworn on the holy Evangel of
Almighty God depose and say that they saw the Testator Thomas Warren sign
the foregoing will and heard him publish 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 apprehension of sound and
disposing mind and memory and that they subscribe their respective names as
witnesses to the said will in the presence of the said Testator and at his
Sworn to before me.
Thos Aisquith Deputy Comsry
– —– —–.
To sons James, Joseph, and Lewis, and their hrs.,
50 A., “
and 100 A., “James' Gift.”
To sons Thomas and William, sd. lands in event of death of sons afsd. without issue.
To son John, personalty.
To wife Penelope, extx., residue of personal
estate during widowhood; in event of her marriage to be divided among 7
Test: Jno. Dent, Jno. Harrison, Geo. Dimond. 6. 30.
Waters, Sr., Charles Co., 10/29/1775-1777.
To: Wife, Mary and daughters Sarah and Elizabeth, the use of my dwelling
house with 50 ac.; 1 negro, 9 cattle, and all my personal estate during my
wife's natural life and as long as my wife, Sarah and Elizabeth live single
and choose to live with my wife or after her death while either of them is
Daughter: Mary, 1 heifer. Son: Thomas, 50 ac. "Waters' Risque"
where his dwelling now is on the condition that he gives my grandson Elias
Waters, 1 year schooling.
Son: William, 110 ac. "Waters' Risque", the place where my
daughter now lives and also the afsd. 50 ac. which I have already given my
wife and daughters provided he gives my grandson Elias Waters 2 years
schooling and 1 horse and saddle to be paid him at his coming to age.
To: Daughters Sarah and Elizabeth and granddaughter, Elizabeth Canter, all
my personal estate after the death of my wife.
Execs.: Son William and daughter Sarah.
Wit: James Waters, William Montgomery (of Peter) and Benjamin Montgomery.
Probate was taken in the presence of Thomas Waters, the heir at law, who
did not object.
(Watkinson), Cornelins,St. Mary's
,15th Apr., 1697;
9th Apr., 1698.
To James, son of Geo. Keeth, of All Faith Parish, personalty.
To wife Eliza:, extx., residue of estate, real and personal, during life;
at her decease to pass to Cornelius Watkinson, son of Peter Watkinson, of
Test: Rich'd Southoron, Jno. Gillem, Mary Comptton. 7. 365.
Watson, SMC, 1/26/1795-12/31/1795. Whereas I have given my two eldest sons,
Eleazer Watson and Azariah Watson, 70 lbs. each in real and personal
property, and to my other children who are married, to wit, Zachariah
Watson, James Green Watson, Margaret Reeves, Susanna Cooke, and Muriel
Brookbank, 10 lbs. each in personal property, it is now my intention that
the whole of my children, as well as those already married as those
unmarried or them that may now at my death be dead, should have an equal
share of my estate including what I have already given as above mentioned.
Sons: Henry and Joseph, as long as each or either of them remain single, a
joint and equal interest with my 3 daughters Elizabeth Watson, Sarah
Watson, and Mary Watson, during the natural life of each, all of my lands
and tenements. After the lives of my 3 daughters, all of my land is to be
sold and the money divided among my children so they have an equal share of
my estate. My Execs. to pay a legacy of 10 lbs.
each to Zepheniah Watson, Elizabeth Watson, Sarah Watson, and Mary Watson
immediately after my death. Execs: Sons, Henry and Joseph, Wit: Stephen
Cawood, William Somerhill, John Watson.
15th Apr., 1699.
To brother-in-law Thomas Mittford and to Thomas his son, and Robert, son of
Robert Graham, personalty.
To John, son of Capt. Edward Greenhalgh, 200 A., part of “New
Bottle,” Prince George's Co.
To Thomas, son of Capt. Edward Greenhalgh, residue of “New Bottle.”
Wife Jans, extx. and residuary legatee of estate,
real and personal.
Test: Edward Miller, Mary Miller, Jane Rose. 6. 337.
1st Feb., 1742.
To oldest son James, 79 A. “Hodge Barren”.
To sons Joseph and John, dwell. plan.
Extx.: Wife Sarah.
Test: Samuel Amery, Philip Briscoe, Mark Winnott.
Note: Widow claims her legal third.
Watts, Mary ??? Breeden
Watts, SMC, 11/13/1764-3/3/1775.
Son: Thomas Watts, Exec., plantation "Road's Rest", 100 ac. and
residue of estate after legacies are paid.
Granddaughter: Clarano Breeden, stock.
Children: James Breeden, Mark Breeden, Matthew Breeden, Abraham Breeden,
Elizabeth Warren, Mary Smith, and Ann Hilton, 12 pence each.
To: Children of daughter, Rebecca Watts--Thomas Dillon, Daniel Watts,
Elizabeth Watts, and James Watts, 12 pence between
Wit: Henry Jenkins, Thomas Wynn Taylor, Abbenton Shermantine.
23rd July, 1692.
To sons Thomas, William, and John, equally, 300 A., “Nitopsen.”
To son Peter, personalty.
To wife (unnamed), extx., and her child. (unnamed), residue of estate, real and personal. Sons afsd. to be of age at 18
Test: Jno. Lowe, Robt. Vargison, Wm. Thomas, Peter Watts.
Peter, gent.,St. Mary's
27th July, 1719.
To grandson Thomas and hrs. (son of Thomas
Waughap), two tracts, “Bennets Delight” and “Jenifer's
Gift,” at decease of wife ––. Shd. sd. grandson die
without issue, lands to pass to James and hrs. (son
of James Watts); shd. he die without issue, sd.
lands to pass to next male hr. of dau. Mary Waughap,
and she lacking such issue, to revert to rightful hrs. of
To 2 granddaus., Elizabeth Waughop and Hannah
Clarke, 1 pistole each, to be sent to
for purchase of rings.
To wife ––, extx., use of dwelling
plantation and estate during life. Shd. sd. wife be disturbed in possession
of same (inasmuch as sd. plantation belonged to former wife
–), to have use of other two tracts during life, she being an
aged woman; the personalty on sd. tracts at her decease to sons-in-law
Thos. Waughop and George Clark, trustees, equally, for use of grandehild
To wife ––, £20 and use of mother's great ring during life; at
her decease to return to dau. Waughop.
Test: Maj. Wm. Watts, Archbald Johnstone, George Clarke, Richard Forrest.
Note–Codicil: To bro. Stephen Watts, Richard Forrest and Maj. Wm. Watts,
WATTS OF ST. MARY’S COUNTY 2/24/1772
In the name of God Amen I Richard Watts of St Mary’s County in the
province of Maryland, being of perfect mind, memory and understanding, but
calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life that all flesh must
yield to death, when it pleases God to call them do make and ordain this my
last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say that I
give and bequeath unto my son Richard Watts, all that Tract of Land being
part of this will include called Plum Point containing between three and
four hundred acres, to him and his body lawfully begotten. Likewise I give
unto my son Richard Watts, a Tract of Land and houses in and near Brigham
, the deed of which land
and houses in and near Brigham, bother William Watts has in possession.
Said land subject to the payment of one hundred pound sterling to my
daughter Susanna Watts. Item I give and bequeath to my brother Robert
Watts, such of my wearing apparel as he thinks proper,
and thirty pounds as a token of my love and affection for him. My will and
desire is, if my son Richard Watts, and my (daughter) Susanna Watts should
die without children or before they arrive to the age of twenty one years
that my Estate both personal and Real go to my brother Robert Watts subject
to the payment of twenty pounds sterling to Brother William Watts, Twenty
pounds sterling to sister Frances Harrison and Twenty pounds sterling to
Sister Sonia Fawcet or the survivors of them. Item I give and to my dear
wife Sarah Watts a third part of my lands during life and my personal to be
divided as the law directs after my just debts, legacies and funeral
expenses are paid. Item I do appoint my wife Sarah Watts and my loving
brother Robert Watts Guardians of my son Richard Watts, and my Daughter
Susanna Watts. I do nominate, consitute and appoint my said wife Sarah
Watts and by brother Robert Watts Loyal Executors in trust of this my Last
will and testament, and lastly I do revoke, dismiss and make void all
former wills by me at any time heretofore made and so desire this to be my
last will and testament In writing of whereof the said Richard Watts
herunto set my hand and seal, this second day of December on thousand seven
hundred and seventy one.
Richard Watts (seal)
Signed sealed and deposed by the testators as his last will and testament
in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence have
subscribed our hands as witness.
Christopher Taylor (seal)
Saint Mary’s County, to wit, on the 24th day of February 1772 came
William Taylor, John Taylor and Christian Taylor the those subscribing
witnesses to the within last will and testament of Richard Watts late of
the county aforesaid deceased, and severally made oath on the Holy Evangels
of Almighty God that they did see Richard Watts the testator therein named
sign and seal this will and hand.
Transcribed by Joanne W. Mcfadden, April 15, 2001
20th Nov., 1723.
To 2 sons Daniel and William and their hrs.,
dwelling plantation “Watts Lodge” equally. They
failing issue, to pass successively to Thomas (a minor) and hrs. and Joshua and hrs. Shd. son William afsd. be left any land by his uncle —–, portion
bequeathed him to pass to his bro. Thomas.
Test: Thomas Hebb, Jr., John Elleson (Allison), Elizabeth Morgan. 18, 194.
, Thomas Jr.
Thomas Jr., St. Mary's Co, 9/19/1752; 7/11/1752
To Bro. William, slaves
To br. George, 1 slave and all my pt. of slaves merchant in a contract of
marriage made by my mother; personality
Br. Wm. ex.
wit: Mary Waughop, Thos. Palm. Waughop, Katherine Waughop.
Watts, William,St. Mary's
,8th Mch., 1677-8;
19th Apr., 1678.
To 3 child., viz., eld. son
Charles (8 yrs. of age), 2nd son William (6 yrs. of age), and 3rd son
(4 yrs. of
age), entire estate equally.
Ex., Capt. Gerrard Slye.
Test: Corine Makenzie, Abraham Price. 9. 6.
22nd Jan., 1723-4.
To son-in-law John Mich. Thomas Taney and hrs. and
dau.-in-law Margaret Taney, personalty, and rest of household goods at
To cousin William and hrs., 150 A.
Bushell's Rest,” 100 A. “
,” 60 A.
failing issue, sd. lands to pass in succession to cousins Daniel, Thomas
and Joshua and their hrs.; personalty.
To John, son of Wm. Canady, Mary Morgan and Katherine Forrest, personalty.
Ex.: Son-in-law William Canady.
Test: Thos. Waughhop, Peter Rule,
John, Piney Point,St. Mary's
18th Mch., 1677-8.
To wife Anne, execx., ½ plantation, “Piney Point” at St. Mary's
To son Thomas and hrs., residue plantation at 18 yrs. of age.
To dau. Rebecca and hrs., 800 A., “Piney Point” in Pocomoke,
Somerset Co.; to be of age at 15 yrs.
To grandson Thomas Hatton and to the child. (unnamed)
of Henry Hyde, dec'd, and hrs., sd. real estate should child. afsd. of testator die without
To Ame Mountford, personalty.
Overseers: Robt. Grahame, Henry Williams.
Test: Jo: Watson, Jno. Wynne, Wm. Brewerton. 5. 343.
Thomas, gent.,St. Mary's
17th Apr., 1735.
To daus. Johanna, Anne, Katherine and
and their hrs., “Piney Point,” except
part given heretofore to dau. Mary. Should any of sd. daus. or their hrs., profess the religion of the Church of
Rome, they are to have no benefit by this devise, but their part to vest in
the hrs. of the other of afsd. daus,
To grandson John Waughop and dau. Mary Guyther, personalty.
To wife Katherine, 1/3 of personal estate. Residue of personalty to four daus.: Johanna, Anne, Katherine and Elizabeth. Brother
John to have the care of three last named.
Exs. Wife and brothers James and John.
Test: Justinian Jordan, Philip Key, Henry
Hawkins. 21. 370.
(Welsh), Thomas, planter,St. Mary's
,25th Mar., 1724;
4th April, 1724.
To son William and hrs., dwelling plantation
–. He dying without issue, to son
Thomas and hrs.
To sons William and Thomas and dau. Mary, residue of estate. Mr. Barnaby
Anetell, ex., to have charge of sons until of age at 20; shd. he refuse, Robert Rawson to act.
Test: Gillbert Anderson, John Cole, Darby Moriss, Francis Hopewell, Wm.
Innes, James Baker. 18, 237.
Joseph, planter,St. Mary's
16th Mar., 1740-41.
To son Michael and male hrs., 50 A. land
Wellmans Chance.” In lieu of such hrs. afsd.
property to pass to son Joseph and male hrs. and in turn to son William and male hrs. In event of
their death without male hrs., to daus. Susannah
and Anne and their hrs. and in event of their
death without male hrs. to bro. Thomas.
To son Joseph and male hrs., “Brothers
To son William and male hrs., “Sisters To
Have and Hold.”
To wife Ann, extx., 1/3 estate.
Test: George Reade, William Feilder, Richard Wise.
Note: By Codicil on 29th Nov. 1733, wife Ann having died meanwhile testator
appoints his bro. Thomas and Adam Wise as joint exs.
Test: George Reade, Anthony Brokle, Edward Silence.
Michael, planter,St. Mary's
19th Apr., 1718.
To son Joseph and hrs., dwel. plan.,
Siles Chance,” and personalty.
To wife Martha, 1/3 personal estate. Residue of est. to be divided equally
among testator's 5 child., ––.
Exs.: Thos. and Joseph Wellman, jointly.
Test: Anthony Brocklehorst, Chas. Waldron, Grace Watkins, Jno. Watkins. 14.
Edward Welsh, SMC, 9/1766-7/8/1767. Daughter: Sarah Welsh,
negro wench Mary and negro boy James; horse and saddle; cow and calf;
furniture. Daughter: Elizabeth Waters, negro woman Jean; negro boy Leonard
and after her death my granddaughter, Susan Waters to be possessed of negro
boy Leonard. Daughter: Elizabeth Waters, cow and calf and furniture.
Grandson: John Welsh, a negro boy Baptist when he arrives at age 21.
Granddaughter: Mary Welsh, a negro boy Basil when she becomes age 16 and if
she dies before then to grandson, Edward Waters. To: Birdgin Mitchell, 10
lbs. current money at age 21. Wife: Mary, "Ensfield" and
"Ensfield's Addition" and after her death to daughter, Sarah
Welsh. Wife: Mary, negro man Ben; negro girl Charity; and negro lad Gerard.
Remaining furniture to be divided amongst Elizabeth Waters, Sarah Welsh,
and my grandson and granddaughter, John Welsh and Mary Welsh. Exec: Wife,
Mary. Wit: William Bruce, James Billingsley, Benjamin Burroughs.
Sr., SMC, wheelwright, 1/8/1772-7/20/1774. Son: Ignatius, Exec., 50 ac.,
pt. of "Buckland Plain". Son: Francis, 46 ac., pt. of
"Wheatley's Content with Addition". Sons: Ignatius and Francis,
equally, 21 ac. of "Bob's Discovery". Daughters: Ann Peake and
Winifred Delahay, 50 lbs. sterling equally, any balance to be equally
divided between my four children. Wit: Michael Wellman, Elizabeth Wellman,
8th Aug., 1717.
To son James, 500 lbs. tobacco.
To son John and hrs., 110 A., “Wheatley's
Meadows,” and 50 A., “Hiccory Plaines.”
To son Joseph and hrs., 114 A.,
To wife Elizabeth, extx., dwelling plantation with
tract of land belonging thereto during life; at her decease to pass to sons
Thomas and Francis and their hrs., equally divided bet. them.
If wife shd. marry, sons Thomas and Francis to be
of age at 18; if she remains a widow, to be under her tuition until 21 yrs.
Also to wife Elizabeth, ½ of personal estate, the other half to be equally
divided amongst 5 daus., viz.: Winifride, Anne,
Elizabeth, Susannah and Mary, at age of 16 or day of marriage.
Test: Wm. Hoard, Susannah Norrice, John Norrice, Henry Spinke. 14. 388.
21st Jan., 1739.
To son James and hrs., 122 A.
Intequent” and 23 A. “Wheatley's Addition.” Shd.
he die without hrs. to
pass to son Joseph and hrs.
To wife Martha, extx., 64 A. dwelling plantation,
at her death to pass to son Joseph.
Test: Robert Hammett, Francis Cole, Leadey Nowell.
2nd Feb., 1693.
To Mary Wheatly and hrs., “Wheatly's
Hills” on Brittain's Bay.
To cousins James and John Wheatly, cous. Winifrede, and Mr. Hunter, priest,
Brother John, ex. and residuary legatee of estate, real and personal; he to
have charge of Mary Wheatly afsd.
Test: Millesent Nevett, Susanna Norris, Stephen Gough.
3rd March, 1741.
To son Ignatius, dwell. plan., 250 A.
To son William, “Planter's Delight”, Charles Co., where Thomas
Mitchell now lives.
To son Clement, “Planter's Delight” where Joshua Alford lives.
To son Raphell, “Planter's Delight” where John Delozour lives.
To son Bennet, any of afsd. estates if the owner
should die without hrs.
To wife Protheser, extx., and daus. ––
Test: Richard Cooper, Mary Cooper, Ignatius Wheeler (Cooper), Elizabeth
Cooper, James Thompson.
Whislor, Thomas,St. Mary's
,23rd Nov., 1729;
8th Dec., 1729.
To Catherine Welsh (an orphan girl desc. as living with testator), entire
estate at age of 16 or day of marriage.
Ex.: James Conen.
Test: William Keating, Martha Warrin. 19, 824.
James, Sr.,St. Mary's
24th June, 1732.
To wife Sarah, entire personal estate during life; at her decease to be divided
among children ——.
To 2 sons James and William, real estate, equally, after decease of wife.
Richardson. 20, 438.
17th June, 1734.
To 2 sons Joseph and John and their hrs., 228 A.,
dwelling plantation —–, divided equally, eld. son Joseph to
have the part where testator now lives; sd. son dying without issue his
portion to son John, and sd. son John's portion to son Moses.
To sons afsd., personalty.
Wife Martha, extx., empowered to sell 100 A. in
Test: John Langley, Daniel Duggens, Thomas Pain. 21. 147
26th Jan., 1688.
To Francis Pennington, Cous. Capt, Robert Jordan, Thomas Haddock, and Cous.
Frances Bouye, personalty.
John Bouye, residuary legatee of estate, real and personal.
Ex.: Jas. Cullen.
Test: Nieh. Prest, Eliza: Procter, Wm. Lowrey. 6. 48.
Nicholas, St. Inigoes,St. Mary's
15th Nov., 1659. To wife Mary, execx., and dau.
Ellinor, entire estate equally.
In event of birth of 2nd child, sd. child to share in estate equally.
Nicholas Keiting, Marke Pheype. Test: Peter Bathe, Richard Russell. 1. 69.
William, planter,St. Mary's
17th April, 1732.
To John Guyther and John White, personalty.
To bro.-in-law George Beaverlye, ex., residue of estate.
Test: Daniel Duggens, John Thomas. 20, 368.
William, (nunc.)St. Mary's
,4th Mch., 1673;
13th Mch., 1673.
To wife Katherine and child., entire estate.
Test: Katharine Whittle. 1. 597.
1st March, 1724-5.
To sister Mary Moony and hrs., “Saint
Edwards,” “Idnstead” and “Tradesmans Lott.” She dying without issue, to uncle John Wildman and hrs.
He dying without issue, to George Thorrold and hrs.;
and entire personal estate.
To godsons James Southron Compton and Leonard Thurkeliffe, at 12 yrs., and
Monica Price, personalty.
To uncle John Wildman and mother-in-law Martha Wildman, £4 each.
Ex.: Bro.-in-law Thomas Mooney.
Test: Clemt. Gardiner, John Miles, Jr., Nicholas Miles, John Spalding. 18,
18th Dec., 1738.
To wife Rebecca, extx., entire estate during life,
after her death land divided bet. sons John and
James and their hrs.
To daus. Elizabeth, Mary, Jane, Catherine and Sarah, and grandchild.
William, Benet Dawkins and Mary, sons and dau. of
son William, personalty. Grandson Benet Dawkins Wilkeson to son John until
age of 21. Residue of personalty to the two bros., John and James.
Exs.: Wife Rebecca and son John.
Test: Charles Joy, Judiah Hennen, Robert Silance.
St. Mary's September the 23d 1736
In the name of God Amen I Eliz. Williams being weak of body but of sound
and perfect memory do make ordain and constitute this my last Will and
Testament hereby revoking all other Wills heretofore made by me first I
give my Soul to God that gave it my body to the Dust from whence it came
first my will is that all my Just Debts be paid
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Philip Evans five Shillings for his
part of my Estate
Item I give and bequeath to my Son Anthony Evans five Pound for his part of
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Pearce ten Shilling for her
Item I give and bequeath to my Son William Williams five Shillings for his
part of my Estate and as for the rest of my Estate both Real and Personal I
give and bequeath unto my Son Benjamin Williams as also I do appoint my
said Son Benj Williams my Executor and Administrator of this my last Will
mark) WILLIAMS (Seal)
Signed Sealed and delivered
In the Presence of us
Testis John Stevens
Elener (her mark) Pearce
Joseph (his mark) Carmichall
On the back of the foregoing
Will was the following
Probate thus written SS
December the 6th 1736 John
Stevens & Ellenor Pearce two of the Subscribing Witnesses to the
foregoingWill being duely and solemnly Sworn on the Holy Evangels of
Almighty God Depose and say that they saw the Testatrix Elizabeth Williams
Sign the foregoing Will and heard her publish and declare the same to be
her last Will and Testament that at the time of her so doing she was to the
best of their apprehension of sound & disposing mind and memory and
that they Subscribed their Respective names as Witnesses to the said Will
Presence of the said Testatrix and at her request and at the same time they
saw Joseph Carmichael Sign as a Witness to the said Will in the Presence of
the said Testatrix Sworn to before me.
Tho: Aisquith Dep Comry of
St Mary's County
name of God, amen March the 1789...
her last will ) I Francis Williams of Saint Mary's County
in the State of Maryland being weak of body but of sound and perfect, sense
and memory thanks be to god, do make this my last will and Testament.
First, I bequeath my soul to god and my body to the earth to be buried at
the discretion of my Executor hereafter named, and as to my wordly Estate I
give and bequeath as follows..
Item, I give and bequeath to my loving nephew Henry Ford one Bed &
furniture two Cows & Calves six houghs one small Oval Table one stone
Dish six stone plats to him and his heirs forever..
Item, I give and bequeath to my loving neas Bibianen Pike one Cow and Calf
one yearling one large seal skin Trunk one looking glass one middle sise
pot and pot hooks to her and her heirs forever..,
Item, I give & bequeath to my loving Neas Ann Ford my Riding Chair and
horse one Bed and furniture too flag Chears to her and her heirs forever..
Item, I give and bequeath to my loving Neas Annistase Mattingly one Bed and
furniture one Cow and Calf one Dish one Sinning Wheel to her and her heirs
Item, I give and bequeath to my loving Nephew Francis Greenwell son of John
one yearling Colt to him and his heirs forever..
Item, I give and bequeath to my loving Godson John Woten one Cow and Calf
two houghs to him and his heirs forever..
Item, I give and bequeath Ten pounds Current money to the Revd John Boarman
to be at his disposal
Item, I give and bequeath six pounds to the poor to be given them at the
discretion of my Executor hereafter named..
Item, my will and Desire is that my two Negroes Dick and Sam shall be at
there Liberties after my deceas..
Item I give and bequeath to my loving Nephew John Greenwell of Ignatius all
the residue or remaining part of my Estate And Lastly I doo hereby
constitute and appoint my loving Nephew John Greenwell of Ignatius to be
hole Executor of this my last will & Testament revoking and
disannulling all former wills ratifying and Confirming this and no other to
be my last will and Testament, In testimone whearof I have hereunto set my
hand and affixt my seal the day and year above ritten...
FRANCES (her mark) WILLIAMS (Seal)
Signed sealed published & declared by Frances
Williams the above named Testator and for his last
will & Testament, and in her presence have subscribed our
names as Witnesses thereto...Bennet Combs..John Boon
On the back of the aforegoing was as follows to wit..
Saint Mary's County, to wit, the 6th day of March 1792 Then Came John
Greenwell of Ignatius, & made Oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty
God, that the aforegoing instrument of writing, is the true & whole
will and Testament of Frances Williams, late of Saint Mary's County, deceased,
that hath come to his possession & that he Doth not know of any other.
Certified per Jeremiah Jordan Reg Wills
for Saint Mary's County
Saint Mary's County, SS, the 6th day of March, 1792 Then Came Bennet Combs
one of the two subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will &
Testament of Frances Williams late of Saint Mary's County, deceased, &
made Oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God, that he Did see the
Testatrix therein named sign & seal this will & that he heard her
publish publish, pronounce, and declare the same to be her last will and
Testament, that at
the time of her so doing, she was to the best of His apprehension, of sound
and disposing mind, memory & understanding, & that he subscribed
his name as a witness to this will, in the presence, & at the request
of the Testatrix and also, that he did see John Boon, subscribe the same as
Certified per Jeremiah Jordan Reg Wills
for Saint Mary's County
Jacob, planter,St. Mary's
1st Jan., 1725.
To wife Elizabeth, extx., real estate during life;
at her decease to 2 sons equally; personal estate to wife and 2 sons
William and Benjamin.
Test: Philip Evans, James Williams, Jno. Baker. 18, 435.
25th Mch., 1685.
To Rose Pinner, personalty.
Brother-in-law Henry Franckham at age, residuary legatee.
Ex. Col. Wm. Diggs.
Test: Patrick Innis, Thos. Nation, Thos. Coulson. 4. 153.
In the name of God Amen, I William Williams of St
Marys County in the province of Maryland, being weak of body, but of
perfect mind, and memory, do make ordain Constitute and appoint, this to be
my last will and Testament in m anner and form following..
Imprimis I Recommend my soul to the mercy of that all gracious being from
whom I received it, my body to the dust from whence it came, there to be
decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter to be named;
and for my worldly goods my will is that they may be disposed of in manner,
and form following--
Item I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife, Frances Williams, my
Dwelling plantation whereon I now live, containing ninety two acres, known
by the name of Roberts' Neck, during her natural Life, with the priviledge
of gitting from any of my other Lands, what timber or fire wood may be
necessary, for the support of the said plantation, as also my Clock, during
her natural Life, as also my Riding Chaiza and horse, one Bed &
furniture, two negro fellows, named Sam, and Dick to her & her heirs
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved sons James and Joseph Williams,
all my other Lands, and Tenements, to be divided between them in such
manner, that my son James may have seventy five acres, more by the said
division than my son Joseph, Otherwise that the said Land may be equally
with Respect to Value & Convenience, Divid between them, as possible,
and further my will is, that after the deceas of my beloved Wife, Frances
Williams, my dwelling plantation divised to her, during her natural Life,
be Equally divided, between my two sons James, and Joseph Williams which
said Land & Tenements, I give and bequeath, unto them and their heirs
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved son James Williams, one negro
called Barton to him and his heirs forever..
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Joseph Williams one negro
called Watt, to him & his heirs forever..
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Grand Daughter Nancy Williams, one
young negro, not less than six years of age, to be delivered to her at the
age of Sixteen, or day of Marriage, to be to her, and her heirs forever..
Item I will and bequeath, unto Elenor Ray, two pound Common Currancy of
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Children, Monica Williams, James
Williams and Joseph Williams, All my Remaining negroes, not heretofore
divised to be Equally divided among them, to them, and their heirs
Item I Give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved Wife, Frances Williams, one
third part of the residue, or Remaining part of my Estate, to her, and her
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Children, Monica Williams, James
Williams & Joseph Williams all Residue, or Remaining part of my Estate
(save four Sheep) to be equally Divided Among them, to be to them, and
their heirs forever..
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Nancy James four Sheep..
Item Lastly I do nominate and appoint, my dearly beloved wife, Frances
Williams, and my beloved Son James Williams, whole and sole Executors of
this my Last Will and Testament, In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and affixed my seal, this 21st day of november Anno Domini 1775..
WILLIAM WILLIAMS (Seal)
Signed sealed & delivered
in presence of George Medley;
Bennet Combs; John Greenwell, Junr
March 12th 1776
Then came Frances Williams and James Williams, and made Oath that the above
instrument of writing is the true, and, and whole Will and Testament of
William Williams, late of St Marys County deceased that hath come to their
hands or possession, and that they dont know of no other...
Certified for Hugh Hopewell Jr Deputy Coms of St Marys County
Saint Marys County SS
The 12th day of March 1776 Then came George Medley, Bennet Combs, and John
Greenwell Junr, the three Subscribing Witnesses to the within Last will and
Testament of William Williams Late of St Marys County deceased, and
severally made Oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God, that they did see
the Testator therein named, sign & seal this will, and 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
apprehension, of sound and 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
Certified by Hugh Hopewell Junr, deputy Commissary of St Marys County
Samuel, gent.,St. Mary's
(Articles of agreement with Judith Swann, widow.)
In consideration of marriage to be consummated bet. sd.
parties, the sd. Samuel agrees as follows:
1st. Denies for himself and hrs. any rights or
interest to any pt. of personal estate of sd. Judith, and gives his free
consent for sd. Judith to dispose of personal estate poss. by her before
marriage to her child. as to her shall seem fit.
2nd. Should sd. Judith survive him, the sd. Samuel agrees that she shall
poss. his entire personal estate during her lifetime, relinquishing for
herself and hrs. all interest in his real estate,
excepting a certain rent to be pd. to her annually during her widowhood.
The afsd. Wilkinson gives bond for £500, dated 19th June, 1713, to Thomas
Swan, carpenter, of Charles Co., trustee of Judith Swann, of Saint Mary's
Co., widow of Capt. James Swann, of sd. co., dec'd.
Test: Philip Briscoe, Edward Lorde. 19, 857.
,26th Jan., 1739;
16th Apr., 1740.
To sons John and Abraham Langly, dau. Susannah Wildman and grand-dau. Mary
Ann Wildman, personalty.
Ex.: Son Abraham Langly.
Test: John Miles, Clement Hill. 22. 166.
Wimsatt,Signed: February 10, 1752; Proved: February 26, 1752 TA-1 Pg.
--Item-I give and bequeath to my first son, Richard Wimsatt a Tract of Land
ye was my fathers called Williams indeavor, one hundred twenty and five
acres, & to him & his heirs.
Item I give and bequeath to my two second, sons Robert and Henry Wimsatt my
Dwelling plantation containing two hundred, and forty one acres, called
Wimsatts Frollicke to be equally divided to them & their heirs--
Item I give my fourth son Ignatius Wimsatt twenty pounds of Maryland------
Item I give my four Daughters Viz. Mary Monica Dorothy, Susanna, Wimsatt.
Each a feather bead and furniture---
Item I give my spouse Teresa Wimsatt, a feather Bed and furniture----
Lastly I appoint my wife Teresa, and my two first sons, Rich. and Robt. Wimsatt my wholo & solo Executors of this
my Last Will and Testament, and do hereby, disallow all other will or wills
by me made Ratifying and confirming, this and no other to be my Last Will
& Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal
the day & year afore written---
Richd X Wimsatt
Signed Sealed & acknowledged
To be the Last Will & Testament
Of ye Richd Wimsatt in presence
Of us ye subscribers, Peter Ford
Robt X Wimsatt
St. Mary's County Ss Febry the 26th 1752~~~~~~
Then Peter Ford Ignatius Jarboe & Susanna Fenwick three of the
subscribing witnesses to the foregoing Will being dualy and solomenly sworn
on the holy Evangels of almighty God depose and say that they saw the
Testator, Richard Wimsatt sign the foregoing will and heard him publish 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 apprehension of sound and disposing
mind and memory and that they subscribed their respective manes as
witnesses to the said Will in the presence of the said Testator and at his
Sworn to before me, Tho. Aisquith Depty Comisser~~~~~~~~~~
of St. Marys County~~~~~~~~~~
The day and year aforesd the deceast
Widow made her Election & takes her third
Certified by me ~ Tho; Aisquith Depty Comisser of St Marys County~~~~~~~~~
Transcribed , by Judith A. Burger December 12, 2000 from a photocopy of the
original court record obtained from Norma I. Dawson, Register of Wills, St.
Mary's County, Maryland. The photocopy was good and the writing legible. I
made no corrections of any kind.
16th Jan., 1732.
To sons William, Adam and Mathew, personalty; residue of estate divided
equally among children. Son Mathew to care of his bro. William until 18
yrs. of age.
Ex.: son William and son-in-law John Newton.
Test: John Lewis, Sarah Goldsbery (Golsbery). 20. 625.
18th Apr., 1716-7.
To father, Richard Shirley, ex., and mother, Katherine, his wife,
personalty for life.
To bros. Robert Wiseman, Richard Shirley, sister Catherine Greenwell,
cousin Francis Miles, personalty.
Test: Nich. Richardson, Francis Miles, Mary Miles. 14. 238.
Will of John Wiseman
In the name of God Amen, the sixth day of December, Anno Seventeen hundred
and three, I John Wiseman of St. Mary's County in the province of Maryland
being sick of body but of good & perfect memory, thanks be to Almighty
God, and calling to rememberance the uncertaine Estate of this transitory
life, and that all flesh must yeild unto death when it shall please God to
call, doe make constitute, ordaine, and declare, this my last will &
Testament in manner and form following. Jusp. I give and commit, my soul
unto Allmighty God my Savior & Redeemer in ____ and by the merits, of
Jesus Christ, I trust, and believe, assuredly, to be saved and my body to
be buried, at the Chappell of St. Maries; and now for ___ setting, my
temporall Estate, I doe order give and dispose the same in manner and Form
Following. 1st I give & bequeath unto my eldest son John Wiseman, all
the plantation & Land I now live on, together with the one, _orty of
land I bought of Hugh Hopewell, next adjoyning to the same to him the said
John Wiseman, his heirs, and assignes forever. 2ndly I give & bequeath,
unto my youngest son Robert Wiseman, the uppermost half of the land I
bought of Hugh Hopewell, to him & his heirs forever. 3rdly I give unto
my youngest daughter, my youngest negro boy, to be delivered to her at the
age of eighteen or day of marriage and in case if said boy should, dye
before she arrives at __ age of eighteen or day of marriage, then my will is
that she be paid by my Executrix, the sum of ten pounds Sterling 4thly my
eldest negro boy I give unto my eldest son John Wiseman, to be delivered
him, at the age of one & twenty. 5thly I give my negro man and Woman
with all their future, encrease, to be equally devided, between my two
sons, to be delivered them at the age of one and twenty years. 6Thly I give
unto my Daughter Mary Wiseman one hundred acres of Land, being near
on Pattux out
Roade to her & her heirs forever. 7Thly and lastly I leave my loving
wife Catherine Wiseman, my whole, and sole
Executrix and the whole management of my personall Estate for the good of
herself, and my children, during her widowhood. And in case she marry, then
my will is, that she give good & suffiecient, secrity for two thirs,
therof, to be delivered, and paid, equally to my two youngest children, at
ages, herein before mentioned, for the performance, whereof I leave my son
in law, Cornelius Manning Trustee to demand, require, and see, the same Legally
performed accoeding to the true intent, and meaning of this my last will,
and testament, In Witness wherof I have hereunto, sett my hand, and seall,
the day, and year, first within mentioned.
Signed sealed & dd
in presense of
July 18th 1704 Then came Thomas Courtney, & George Mason, Gilbert
Robinson, three of the witnesses to the
within written will, and made Oath, that they saw the above, named John
Wiseman the testator, signe seale publish and declare the above and within
written, to be his last will and Testament, and that at the doing thereof,
he was of, sound perfect, mind & memory.
Jurat die & anno Sup Corann me Maryland Regr ls
Robert, (nunc.)St. Mary's
– —–; 16th Apr., 1650. Son
John Wiseman, sole legatee. Ex., Jos. Celoure, Celowe. Test: Jos. Celoure.
12th March, 1743-4.
To wife Margaret, extx., life interest in personal
and real estate. At her death to go to granddau. Sarah Estep. Shd. she die without heirs to go to the next hr. of testator's
dau. Mary Estep.
To dau. Mary Estep, shd. she outlive her husband,
Joseph, estate given formerly to her dau. Sarah. Shd. she not like this she
is to receive 2s.
Test: James Taylor, Wm. Maddox, John Fanning, John Balley. 23. 415.
Samuel Wood, St. Mary's
2/22/1758-7/4/1758. Daughter: Ann Briscoe, large church Bible. Son: Samuel Wood,
wearing apparel and a mare and saddle. Grandson: Gerard Briscoe, 2 silver
spoons. Residue to estate to son Jonathan Wood, desiring him not to forget
his two poor sisters, Susanna Suite and Elizabeth Banner and for the rest
of my children not mentioned, I hope they will be
content with what they have had. Exec: Son, Jonathan Wood. Wit: David Dick,
James Brady, Jr., James Broadey, Jr.
William, (nunc.)St. Mary's
,27th Apr., 1683;
14th Sept., 1683.
To Anne Young and William Brewer, personalty.
Luke Gardner, ex. and residuary legatee.
Test: Honory Cole, Tim. Carrall. 4. 22.
28th Feb., 1719-20.
To daus. Margt. and Anne, personalty at age of 16
To son John, personalty at age of 18.
To son James and hrs., residue of estate.
Ex.: Edward King.
Test: Thos. Asquith, James King.
Note: 24th Feb., 1719, Edwd. King renounces executorship.
John Seager. 16, 9 old and new.
Thomas,Poplar Hill Hundred, St. Mary's
,27th Apr., 1718;
– —– —–.
To dau. Johanna, ½ of real estate.
To dau. Mary, residue of real estate. Lands bequeathed daus. afsd. to be entailed.
Wife Bachel extx.
Test: John Hammond, Samuel Johnson, Barbara Mosly.
George, St. Inigoes,St. Mary's
22nd Apr., 1680.
To James and Shuny Thompson, child. of John
To grandson John Asken, Jr., all real estate.
Ex. not named.
Test: Anthony Evans, Jno. Evans. 2. 83.
John, Newtowne,St. Mary's
Landlord John Assiter, ex. and sole legatee.
Test: John Davis, Gaberell Woodmarsone. 1. 198.
,2nd Aug., 1673;
3rd Sept., 1673.
To Joseph Edloe, John and Thomas, sons of Joseph Hackney, and William
Lucas, Jr., personalty.
Wife (unnamed), residuary legatee.
Ex. not named.
Test: Jos. Hackney, Wm. Newport. 1. 553.
23rd Apr., 1662.
To wife Mary, execx., and 3 child., (unnamed) and
possible unborn child, personal estate equally.
To son William, seat of land.
To eld. dau. (unnamed),
sd. land in event of death of son William afsd. and
no other son being born.
Overseers: Randall Hinson, John Lawson, of Poplar Hill.
Test: Richard Banks, Richard Bennett, John Cammell. 1. 153.
June, 1660; 23rd Apr., 1662. To wife
Mary, execx., and 3 child., (unnamed) and possible
unborn child, personal
estate equally. To son William, seat of land. To eld. dau.
land in event of death of son William afsd. and no
other son being born.
Overseers: Randall Hinson, John Lawson, of Poplar Hill. Test: Richard
Richard Bennett, John Cammell. 1. 153.
John, Dr., Poplar Hill,St. Mary's
,22d Jan., 1683;
10th Mch., 1684.
To wife Anne, execx., “Governor's
To son John at 18 yrs. of age, “Bennett's Delight.”
To wife Anne and son John afsd., all personal
estate, sd wife to have care of sd. son and of rest of children, (unnamed).
Test: Kenelm Cheseldyn, Stephen Corwood, Chierfitz Geffrey, Dorothy Boone.
Martin, innholder,St. Mary's
23rd April, 1724.
To son William, personalty.
To sons Martin, Thomas, John and Elextions and their hrs.,
real estate equally.
To wife Elizabeth, extx., use of lands afsd. during life. Residue of estate.
Test: Robert Ford, Sr., Thomas Cooper, Thomas Wootton. 18, 261.
19th Jan., 1685.
To brother Thomas at
Mrs. Eliza: Shankes and her son John, residuary legatees of estate, real
Ex. not named.
Test: Wm. Sandys, Wm. Mody, Thos. Waringe. 4. 159.
29th Jan., 1669.
Wife Eliza: execx. and sole legatee of estate,
real and personal, including land at Cedar Point, Chas. Co., and
Fresh Pond Neck,” bequeathed testator by son-in-law Edward
Test: Humphrey Warren, Robt. Carville. 1. 365.