From his 1754 will, it appears that [[Shockley-75|David Shockley]] and [[Rathborn-3|Mary Rathborn]] were not married. And yet he left the daughters he had with Mary the bulk of his bequests, with a token 5 shillings for the legitimate Shockley children.
Daughters Love Rathborn and Emmely Rathborn "begotten by me on the body of Mary Rathborn"
(A) Do you agree with this reading that David and Mary were not married?
(B) If so, how should I deal with Mary? Detach her as spouse and place her in a Note?
*Will of ‘’David Shockley,’’ planter of Worcester County, in [https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GTBJ-9C8H?i=74&wc=SNY4-K6K%3A146534501%2C148136101&cc=1803986/ Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999 (Worcester)] Wills 1759-1769, Vol 2, Image 76-77. Images (browse only) at FamilySearch.org, accessed 15 Sept 2020.
::Signed: 4 Oct 1754; Proved 22 Nov 1754
::Bequests to children James Shockley, Solomon Shockley, John Shockley, David Shockley, Agnes Engram wife of Jacob Engram, Love Rathbone “begotten by me…of Mary Rathbone,” Emmely Rathbone “begotten by me…of Mary Rathbone” who receives bequests when sixteen; grandson David Shockley son of Solomon Shockley
::Executor: John Shockley son of John Shockley Slaymaker [sleigh maker]
::Witnesses: Israel Holland, Obed Outten, Esther Haristey Outten
::Enslaved people: girl named Priscilla, girl named Venis,