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Will of William Lyles

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Date: 6 Aug 1815 to 31 Jan 1816
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Will of Colonel William Lyles

In the name of God, Amen. I William Lyles of Prince Georges County in the state of Maryland, being in sound and perfect and Memory, do this my last Will and testament in manner and form following.

That is to say - First I recommend my body to god, hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ my blessed redeemer, to have full pardon of all my sins, my body to be decently buried without any pompous ceremony and as to the disposing of such temporal estate, as god in his mercy and goodness, hath been pleased to bestow upon me - I give the same as followeth -

My will and desire therefore is, that all my just debts, which are not many, to be paid in a short a time as possible. -

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my faithfull and well beloved wife, Sarah Lyles, during her natural life, except what is hereafter devised, the use and benefits of all my estate, both real and personal, during her natural life aforesaid.

- Item, I give and bequeath to loving daughter Meeky Coombs during her single life, all the personal property of every kind whatsoever that may be on the plantation whereon she now lives at my death, but in case of her marriage again, she is only to have one third of such personal property and the other two thirds, I give and bequeath to be equally diveded between her four children, namely Sarah, Henry, Enoch and Eliza, to them and their heirs for ever - as also I give to the said Meeky Coombs and her above named four children, all the right, title, interest and claim that I may have in the six hundred acres of land whereon she now lives, to them and their heirs for ever - as also all claims o every kind that I may have against the said Meeky Coombs.

- Item, I give and bequeath to my loving son William H. Lyles after the death of his mother, all my lands laying on Piscataway Creek, and on the south side and adjoining each other, containing about seven hundred acres more or less, provided he convey the land I have purchased from him near Chaptico (if not done to me before my death) to my daughter Eleanor W. Lowry and her heirs. The aforesaid land I give to the said William H. Lyles to him his heirs and assigns for ever.

- Item, I give and bequeath to my loving son Thomas C. Lyles, the plantation and house whereon I now live, after the death of his mother, also in the same terms, my Chaptico plantation which includes the lands I purchased from James Gibbs, the first purchase of land I made of Tho. A. Digges called Frankland, and the plantation whereon Thomas Tasso lived for many years as also twenty nine and one fourth acres of land out of the last purchase I made of Thomas A. Diggs and surveyed by John McGill as his survey will fully appear and whereon Wm. Dykons, Black Smith formerly resided and adjoining the lands above given and the land I have given my Daughter Emily Hatton, containing in the whole hereby willed containing eight hundred acres more or less, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

- Item, I give and bequeath to my loving son Dennis M. Lyles, my plantation in Swan Creek neck commonly call the The Gut Landing Plantation containing four hundred and twenty four acres, more or less, together with the several fisheries thereto annexed; to have the same after his mothers death, the said plantation I five to him, his heirs and assigns for ever. But it is my request that my said son Dennis should receive annually one half of the net profits made at the Gut Landing during his mothers life, provided he take the management of the same.

- Item, I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Eleanor W. Lowry the lands I have in St. Mary’s County, near Chaptico, which I purchased from my son William H. Lyles containing about three hundred acres, more or less, to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

- Item, I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Eliza Courts, in lieue of land, two thousand dollars, to be paid out of the income of my estate, or if my wifes should prefer it, out of the sales of part of my stock in the Farmers Bank of Alexandria.

- Item, I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Emily Hatton all the lands I lately purchased of Thomas A. Digges, it being part of Frankland, and lying on the west side of the main road leading from Broad Creek to Piscataway, and now in the possession of her husband Henry D. Hatton, except twenty nine and one quarter acres I have given to my son Thos. C. Lyles containing one hundred and sixty and one quarter acres, as surveyed by John McGill I give the same to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

- Item, I give and bequeath to my loving daughters, Sarah M. Lyles and Sidney Lyles all the lands I own in Charles County, to say, the land I purchased from George Lea, known by the name of Poplar Hill, containing between five and six hundred acres, and the land purchased of Hamilton Heirs, also the land I purchased from John B. and William Barker, and near the Poplar Hill place, containing one hundred and sixty one and a half acres, more or less, to them, their heirs and assigns forever.

- Item, I give and bequeath to my grand children, the children of my son George N. Lyles by his first marriage, al the lands I claim in the state of Georgia, that should be unsold at my death and a Power of Attorney given to the said George some years ago by me to them and their heirs and assigns forever.

- Item, It is my will and desire that my three children, Sarah, Sidney and Dennis, should be supported out of the profits of my estate in and legal and decent manner, at the discretion of their mother, provided they or either of them should remain single at my death.

- Item, I give and bequeath at the death of my beloved wife Sarah Lyles, all my personal property of every description whatever to be equally divided between my eight children as follows:William H. Lyles, Eleanor Lowry, Sarah M. Lyles, Eliza County, Emily Hatton, Thomas C. Lyles, Sidney Lyles and Dennis M. Lyles, to them and their heirs forever.

- Item, It is my will and desire that no claim be brought against any of my children or their husbands for any loans of money or tobacco or anything else heretofore given them by me.

- Item, I do hereby constitute and appoint my dearly beloved wife Sarah Lyles, my Executrix and my beloved son William H. Lyles my Executor to this my last will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty sixth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ________

Signed, Sealed, published and declared to be Wm. Lyles (seal) by the said William Lyles, as his last will and testament, in our presence and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, we have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses, at the request and desire of the said William Lyles.

Nick Stonstreet Aquila Johns Prince George's County to wit}

January 31st, 1816 Then came Nicholas Stonestreet one of the subscribing witnesses to the within will and made oath on the Holy evangely of almighty God that he did see William Lyles the testator herein named, sign and seal this will and heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of his apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and that he together with Aquila Johns and Joseph J. Florance the other two subscribers presence of the testator at his request and in the presenc of each other.

Given before Trueman Tyler, Reg of Wills for P.G. County

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