Last Will and Testament of Richard Crockett (Whitehaven)

28 February 1726/7

Transcribed by Tom Dunaway

NOTE: Spellings have not been changed.

In the name of God amen the twenty Eighth day of February 1726/7 I Richard Crockett being sick in body but of good and perfect memory thanks be to Almighty God and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this transitory life and that all flesh must Yeild unto Death when it shall cause God to call doe make Constitute and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following first being penitent and sorry from the very bottom of my heart for my sins past most humbly desiring forgiveness for these I give and commit my Soul unto Almighty God and by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe assuredly to be saved and to have full remission & forgiveness of all my Sins and my body to be buryed in such a place where it shall please my Executor now for the settleing of Temporal and such Goods Chattles and Debts as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me far above my deserts I do ordain give and dispose in Mannor and form following that is to say first & desire that all those debts that I owe shall be well and freely paid by my Executor ~ ~

Item - I give and bequeath unto my son John Crockett one part of my Land lying on Shileses Crook Beginning at a landing on said Crook called McCeadee Landing Running from thonce with a straight line to the head of the Cattell Branch and from thonce with a paralel line down to the Marsh side all the Land within those lines I give unto the said John Crockett to him & his heirs forever ~ ~

Item - I give and bequeath unto my two sons Robert Crockett and Richard Crockett all the Rest of my land lying in the neck only my Will is that my son Richard hold the lowest part of the said Land that is to say the plantation where I now live all the aforesaid Land I give to them and to their heirs forever and further my Will and pleasure is that my three sons is to have equalle privilige in all my Marsh ~ ~

Item - I Leave to my loving wife Alice Crockett all my personall Estate during her natural life and after her decease to be equally divided among my six Children that is now living with me only two Negroes that is to say a negroe Man called Munk & a negroe woman called Grace I give to my two sons Robert and Richard ~ ~

Item - I give unto Robert the aforesaid negroe man called Munk to him and his heirs forever and I give unto my son Richard the aforesaid Negroe woman called grace which I give in manner and form abovesaid ~ ~

And Lastly I do appoint my loving wife whole and sole Accounting of this my Last Will In full assureance that this is my last will I have interchangably set to my hand and fixed my seal this 28th day of February 1726/7

Remember that these words Richard Crockett Interlined before the ensealing of the Will ~ ~

Richard Crockett{seal}
Signum Jno Evans Junr
Rob Crockett
Jno | Crockett
Richard Crockett

To the aforegoing Will was Anext the following Order Vizt

26th April 1728 By order of the Honhble Charles Calvert Esqr Comsy Genll the aforegoing Will of Richard Crockett late of Somerset County deceased is to be proved by the subscribing Wittnesses to Avail so far as in Law and Right bought in regard there is not any other evidences to prove the same ~ ~

TestJohn Gibson Clk Curt Prerogtv

And at the foot of the aforegoing Will was thus written Vizt

June ye 20th 1727 Then Came Jno Evans Robert Crockett John Crockett and Richard Crockett and made Oath upon the holy Evangelist of Almighty God that they see the above named Richard Crockett the Testator sign and seal the within Instrument as his last Will and Testament and that they heard him publish and declare the same so to be and that at the time of his so doing he was of sound disposeing mind and memory to the best of their knowledge sworn before me ~ ~

Jno Tunstall Dept Comsr of Somst County ~


Somerset County, Maryland, Prerogative Court (Wills) 1726-1728, Liber 19: 716-718 (MSA no. SM16-27, accession no. SR 4413-1), will of Richard Crockett, 1726/7; Maryland State Archives, Annapolis.

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