Surnames/tags: Warfield Stevens
Transcribed Will of John Worthington Warfield
In the Name of God Amen I John Worthington Warfield of Montgomery County and State of Maryland being in perfect health of Body and of perfect mind and understanding thanks be given unto God. Calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men Once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First I have a tract of Land upon which I now and have for several years past resided Called Mount Airy. the said tract of Land I devise to my dearly beloved Wife Mary Warfield during her natural life together with all my personal property of whatsoever kind or nature it may be, except such part thereof as is here after mentioned and Bequeathed to any other person to be possessed and enjoyed by her during her said life, without the interruption or molestation of any of my Children, subject never the less to the payment of my Just debts and funeral Charges. I have part of an other Tract of Land called Warfields Vine Yard containing two hundred Acres more or Less, which Secondly I devise to my son Arnold Warfield his Heirs and assigns for ever. Thirdly I have part of a tract of Land called Mitchels Range part of a tract called gravelly Hill, both which I lately purchased of Greenbury Gaither and a small Tract called the Gap filled up, surveyed for the said Gaither and the Certificate assigned to me, which three tracts lie adjoining to each other and which I devise to my son Alexander Warfield his heirs and assigns for ever. I also give and devise to my said son Alexander Warfield his heirs and assigns for ever the aforesaid tract of Land called Mount Airy after the decease of my wife and my large Trunk now in the use of his Mother which Truck I devise to him at her particular request which however he is not to have till her death unless she should otherwise direct before. I also devise to him his heirs and assigns for ever a Negro Boy called Isaac Two Feather Beds and furniture and One Cow and Yearling and my Roan Mare. The property I have willed to my wife is in lieu of her third of my Estate. At her decease my will is that my son Alex-ander Warfield if living shall have one half the Crop made or growing, and all the personal property which I have bequeathed to her which shall then in being shall be equally divided amongst my three following Daughters their heirs Executors Administrators or assigns to wit Arre Cooper, Nancy Stevens and Sarah Day. If my Daughter Arre Cooper shall not marry again and so long as she remains in her present State my will is that she shall have a home and residence upon Warfields Vine Yard free from rent charge or interruption from her brother or any other person, but if she should marry this privilege shall cease I define it may be understood as part of my will that my wife shall not dispose of any of my Negroes by sale or gift or any other wise nor any other part of the property willed to her unnecessarily, but that she use and enjoy it all for the purpose of promoting her happiness with out stunting her self from the necessaries and conveniences of life.
And Lastly I do hereby constitute make and ordain my said sons Arnold and Alexander Warfield Executors of this my last Will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former wills or Testaments by me made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of December In the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Two.
Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Worthington Warfield as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names -- Upton Beall, Solomon Holland, Thos P. Willson, Charles Willson
Montgomery County Sct. On the 11th Day of March 1811 Then came Upton Beall and Thomas P Willson two of the Subscribing witnesses to the within last Will and Testament of John Worthington Warfield late of said County deceased and severally made oath on the holy Evangels of all mighty God that they did see the Testator therein named sign and seal this will and that they heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament and tat the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and that they respectively subscribed their names to this will as witnesses in the presence and at the request of the Testator and in the presence of each Other and also in the presence of Solomon Holland and Charles Willson the other subscribing witnesses thereto.
Certified by Solomon Holland Register