Location: Anne Arundel County MD
Will of Mary Dorsey Weems (1816): Ann Arundel County, MD
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Will of Mary Weems
I Mary Weems of Anne Arundel County in the State of Maryland, widow, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding tho feeble and sick in Body—do make ordain and establish this my testament and Last Will in manner and form following—
Imprimis, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping through the merits of our blessed Saviour, Jesus Christ, to attain to eternal felicity in the world to come; and I do direct my Body to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named. And as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bestow on me, I do give, devise, bequeath and dispose of it in the manner following: Viz—
I give devise and bequeath all that my tract of land commonly known and called by the name of Rocky Neck and containing about one hundred and fifty acres or by whatever other name it may be known or called lying near the city of Annapolis unto my granddaughter Ann B. Weems, the eldest child of my late son John B. Weems, and to her heirs and assigns forever
But it is my express will and desire that my daughter in law Priscilla Weems, mother to the said Ann B. Weems, shall have the full occupancy, use, and enjoyment of said land called Rocky Neck until my granddaughter Mary Dorsey Weems and my granddaughter Margaret H. Weems shall each of them arrive to the age of eighteen years as I put implicit trust and confidence in my said daughter in law that she will faithfully apply the rents and profits arising from said land during the period for which it is left in her charge care and management towards the support, maintenance and education of my said three granddaughters, Ann B. Weems Margaret H. Weems, and Mary D. Weems. It is therefore my will and desire that said Priscilla Weems is not to be in any manner restricted or prevented from cutting and selling the wood and timber growing on the said land or called to any account whatsoever on account of waste.
I do also give to my said two granddaughters Margaret H. Weems and Mary D. Weems all the furniture and household goods and stock that I have on hand or in the house in which my daughter in law the aforesaid Priscilla now lives. My said daughter in law to have the free use and possession of the same until my said granddaughters respectively arrive at the age of eighteen years. But should any of said furniture, etc. wear out, be lost, or die, in that case, my said daughter in law is in no wise to be answerable for them.
Item. Whereas I am seized in fee or equitably entitled to a certain piece, parcel, or part of a tract of land in Anne Arundel County which was heretofore mortgaged to me by a certain Rezin Gaither as by the papers and proceedings relative thereto in a suit in the court of chancery of Maryland will more fully appear. Now I hereby give, devise and bequeath the said land, mortgage and all money due thereon either as principal, interest or rents unto my beloved daughter Ann Ridout wife to Horatio Ridout and her heirs and assigns for ever. I also give devise and bequeath one third part of all the residue of my property and estate, not herein specifically devised and bequeathed unto my said daughter in fee simple. The residue to be ascertained after my just debts are paid.
Item. I give and bequeath one third part of this residue of my property and estate not herein specifically devised and bequeathed unto my beloved son William Weems in fee simple. And the remaining one third of the residue of my property and estate, not specifically devised and bequeathed unto my two granddaughters Margaret H. Weems and Mary D. Weems aforesaid in fee simple, share and share alike.
Item. If my Negro woman Polly shall pay unto my Executor hereinafter named within the space of one year from the day of the date hereof, the sum of fifty dollars current money of the United States then and upon that condition the said Negro woman slave Polly is to go free and be discharged and manumitted from slavery. And if my mulatto girl slaved named Mary daughter to the aforesaid Polly shall pay the sum of one hundred dollars like money and within the like time, unto my said Executor, then and in that case the said Mary commonly called Mary Connor shall be manumitted liberated and set free.
Item. I give and bequeath my trunks and drawers and one bed and bedstead which bedstead is at this time in Priscilla Weems house, unto my granddaughter Mary Ridout in fee simple and also my wearing apparel and old silver plate.
Lastly, I hereby nominate constitute ordain and appoint my daughter Ann Ridout to be the whole Executrix of this my testament and last will revoking annulling and making void all former and other testaments and last wills by me made, hereby declaring and establishing this and this only for my testament and last will. In witness whereof I have on this fifteenth day of February in the year of our Lord 1816 hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal.
Mary Weems X
Wit Charlotte Moss William W. Seedons Jno. Ridgely
Codicil To Ann Ridout the debt due me from John Battee which I have lately obtained in Chancery Ct. 15 Feb 1816
Proved 2 Apr 1816
Ann Ridout renounces exec in favor of her husband Horatio Ridout.
Source: Maryland State Archives Annapolis MD Anne Arundel County Wills Box W Folder 64 Transcribed by Anne Scrivener Agee 18 March 2000
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