Location: Charles, Maryland, United States
Surnames/tags: Wathen Edelin
1797 Barton Wathen Will. Maryland, Charles County, Will Book 1791-1801, pp. 393-395, Maryland Register of Wills. 22 February 1877, digital images 202-203 of 339, FamilySearch (: accessed 9 January 2022), Hall of Records, Annapolis
‘’’Barton Wathan Will’’’
In the name of God Amen I Barton Wathen of Charles County in the state of Maryland being Infirm of body but of sound and Perfect Memory do now make my last will & Testament as followeth, Imp’s I bequeath my Soul to God who give it meand my Body to the Earth after my Decease to be decently buried at the charge of my Estate and Discretion of my Executor hereafter named. I nominate Constitute and ordain my Loving Son Thomas Wathen to be my whole & soule Executor of this my last will & Testament. Item. I give & bequeath unto my Loving son Thomas Wathen my Dwelling Plantation whereon I now live caled Chessam upon the Condition that he Builds a decnt House this present year or as soon as he can suffient for my wife Mary Wathen and my five children Teresa, Martha, Eleanore, ‘’’Francis’’’ & Charles Wathen to live in & my wife Mary Wathen to have the use of the said House during her natural life and to work any part of my Land for the support herself & family during the s’d time as also my three Daughters Teresa Martha & Eleanor Wathen to have the same priviledge during their single lives.
Item. My son Thomas Wathen must pay my Just Debts & find ones what nourishment he Can during my sickness if my Son Thomas Wathen complies with this my will in every point & fulfills it to the best of his power I then give unto him my son Thomas Wathen my above said dwelling Plantation to him and his heirs forever. Item my son Thomas Wathen to have a Home in the said House which he Builds and Pasturage for his cretures at any time during the natural Life of my wife Mary Wathen. Item. I give unto my son Thomas Wathen one cow. Item I give unto my son Jerome Wathen one schilling ster’g. Item I give unto my Daughter Catharine Edelin on shilling. Item I give unto my Grand son Alloysius Wathen one shilling sterling. Item I give & bequeath unto my Loving wife Mary Wathen all the remaining part of my Personal Property for the support of herself & Family and at her Disposal as she may think proper. Item I don ordain this Present will to be my last will and Testament. For witness hereof I have set my hand and seal this Twenty second day of February In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & Ninety seven.
Signed sealed & acknowledged, Barton Wathen
In presence of
Teste Francis Bowling
At the foot of the foregoing will it is thus written to wits
Charles County SST 27th April 1797 Then came Thomas Wathen Ex’r of Barton Wathen late of Charles County Dec’d and made oath on the holy Evangels of Almighty God that the within Instrument of writing is the true & whole will & Testament of Said Dec’d that hath come to his hands or possession; and that he doth not Know of any other.
Cert’d by Humphrey Barnes Reg’r of Wills Charles County Sst 27th February 1798 Then came Frances Bowling, & Edward Simms the two subscribing witnesses to the within last will & Testament of Barton Wathen late of Charles County Dec’d and severally made oath on the holy Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the Testator there in named sign & seal this will and that they heard him publish pronounce & 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 and disposing mind memory & understanding; and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this Will in the presence & at the request of the Testator and in the presence of each other.
Cert’d by Humphrey Barnes Reg of Wills. I further certify that Mary Wathen the widow to the Dec’d was present at the time of the above probates was and did not object to the taking of the same 672 sides. Humphrey Barnes Reg. of Wills.