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Ninian Beall Complete Will

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Will of Col. Ninian Beall. [1]

In the name of God, Amen. I, Ninian Beall, of Prince George's County in the Province of Maryland, being indisposed in body, but of sound and perfect memory, God be praised for these same, and, considering the mortality of human nature, and uncertainty of life, doe make, ordain, constitute and appoint this te be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: Vist. Impris. I give and bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, in hopes of free pardon for all my sins, and as for my Body, to be committed to the earth from which it came, to be decently buried at the discretion of my Trustees hereafter mentioned.

  • Item. I will and bequeath that all my debts and funeral charges be paid first and satisfied, and as for what portion of my worldly goods as shall be then remaining, I bequeath and bestow in the manner following:
  • Item. I doe give and bequeath unto my son George, my Plantation and tract of land called the Rock of Dumbarton lying and being at Rock Creek, and containing four hundred and eighty acres with all the stock thereon, both cattle and hogs, them and their increase, unto my son George, and unto his heirs forever.
  • Item. I doe give and bequeath unto my son-in-law, Andrew Hamilton, my negro woman Allie, unto him and heirs forever.
  • Item. I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter, Mary Beall, the daughter of my son, Ninian Beall, deceased, the one-half part of all movables for personal property of cattle and hogs, horses, household goods, after my legacies before bequeathed are paid and satisfied, unto her the said Mary Beall, and to her heirs forever.
  • Item. I give and bequeath to my grandson, Samuel Beall, the remainder part of Bacon Hall, together with the plantation and orchard, tobacco houses thereunto belonging (with this proviso) that when he comes of age of one and twenty, that he make over by a firm conveyance, all his rights and title that he hath unto a certain Tract of Land called Same's ( or Sam's) beginning on the south side of the road, goeing to Mount Calvert, unto the said Mary and her heirs forever, but if my said grandson should happen to die before he arrive to be at that age, to make over the land so as aforsaid, then I doe bequeath unto my said granddaughter Mary, the whole tract of Bacon Hall, with the houses and orchard thereon, unto her and heirs forever.
  • Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandson, Samuel Beall, my water-mill lying on the Collington Branch, Iron Work houses, and all other materials thereunto belonging, unto the Samuel and his heirs forever.
  • Item. I give and bequeath unto my sonn-in-law, Joseph Belt, a part of a tract of land called Good Luck, containing two hundred and forty-five acres, he allowing unto my heirs the sum of four thousand pounds of tobacco, according to our former agreement, he deducting what i dow owe him on his books for several wares and merchandises, to the said Joseph Belt and unto his heirs forever.
  • Item. Whereas I owe several debts, I do empower my Trustees hereafter named, to enable them to pay the same, to sell a certain tract of land, called Recovery, lying in the freshes of Patuxent River, near the head of the Western Branch, to be sold, it containing four hundred acres, the aforesaid tract of land bequeathed unto my son Belt, is adjdoining thereunto.
  • Item. I doe give and bequeath unto my son Charles Beall, a book of Bishop Cooper's work, "The Acts of the Church and Chronicles of King Charles the First and King Charles the Second", and I doe request and oblige my son Charles and my son George to send for a dozen books entitled "An Advice to Young, Old and Middle Age", set for by one Mr. Christopher Ness, these books to be distributed among my grandchildren and godsons.
  • Item. I give and bequeath to my son Charles, a thousand acres of land, called Dunn Back, lying on the south side of the Great Choptank, on a creek call Watt's Creek, unto him and heirs forever.
  • And lastly, I doe make, ordain declare and appoint my grandson, Samuel Beall to be my sole and whole executor of this my last will and testament. And I doe devise my loving son, Charles Beall, Joseph Belt, and George Beall, to doe and perform my devises as above expressed, and to set and doe for my Executor until he arrive at the age of one and twenty, hereby revoking and annulling all other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and signed.
  • And I doe devise my said sons to use their best care and endeavoar that my two grandchildren, the children of my beloved Ninian Beall, deceased, to be brought up and have Trustees to this my last Will, to make their appearance every Easter Tuesday, or any other time as they shall think a more fitting time, at my dwelling plantation, yearly, to inspect into all the affairs thereof, and of a yearly increase of all the creatures upon my plantation and at the Mill, for and on behalf of my two grandchildren, who are to be joint shares therein, my granddaughter to have her part on the day of her marriage.
  • In testimony whereof, I have, to this my last Will and Testament, set my hand and seal, this Fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand, seven hundred and seventeen. NINIAN BEALL (SEAL)


  1. Contributed by Lucy Beall Chesley-Kenly. This text is taken from the Register of Maryland's Heraldic Families Period from 1634-March 25th. to March 25th. 1935, by Alice Norris Parran

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