Location: Charles, Maryland, United States
Will of Rev. John Weems (1821): Charles County, MD
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Will of Rev. John Weems Charles County MD
In the name of God, Amen. I, John Weems of Charles County in the State of Maryland, being sick and weak in body but of a sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say
First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named.
I devise and bequeath as follows:
Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my son Charles S. Weems the property I lived on at my death known by the name of Part of His Lordship’s Favor, containing 191 acres, more or less, to him and his heirs forever.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son Charles, one Negro boy named Charles about five years old, son of Alice.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son George M. Weems one young Negro woman named Juliet about seventeen years old and Jess, the brother of Juliet, about fifteen years old and also one Negro girl named Harriett about twelve years old, the daughter of Alice.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son Loch Weems one Negro woman named Alice and her two younger children named Ann and Kitty. And one Negro boy named John, about eleven years old the son of Mary Ann.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Ann Weems in addition to the property I have already conveyed to her, my house servant Mary Ann about thirty years old. I believe it is understood that one of the young Negroes I conveyed to my daughter Sarah Ann turned out badly. I was obliged to sell her which note drawn by Henry Boswell in my favor for 475 dollars on the 29th of August 1818 I consider as her right.
Those of my beds that have not been given away I wish to be equally divided between my four youngest children, to wit, Charles, Mortimer, Loch, and Sarah Ann.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son Charles my present crop consisting of tobacco, rye, fodder and corn also beef and pork sufficient for the support of the family for the ensuing year.
Item, I give and bequeath to my two sons George Mortimer and Loch all my stock of every description consisting of horses, cattle, sheep, and hogs and all my household and kitchen furniture not herein mentioned except my clock which I give to my son John.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son James all the debts which may be due me in my own right or any that may be coming to me from my brother’s estate in Calvert and my gig together with a bed and furniture:
And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Charles to be Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other as my last will and testament. In testimony whereof, I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this sixteenth day of October 1821.
Witnessed Elisha Robey William Hunt John H. Robey
Charles County Dec 7, 1821 Then came James Isaac Weems Esquire and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that the aforegoing instrument of writing was delivered to him by the executor therein named to be by him exhibited for probate and that he verily believes the same to be the true and whole last will and testament of the Rev. John Weems, late of Charles County deceased and that he does not know of any other.
Charles County Wills Liber HB #14 F169-170 Maryland State Archives Transcribed by Anne Scrivener Agee 7 April 2000