Will of William C. Gent of Baltimore Co., dtd 20 Dec 1870


I give and devise unto my son, ALFRED J, GENT, all that farm situate in the County aforesaid called had known by the name of Molly's & Sally's Delight, in trust, however, for the use of my grandson, ORRICK GENT, the son of JOHN R. GENT, the said Orrick to have possession of and occupy said farm, paying however to said Alfred Gent for the use of my said son John R. Gent the sum of $300.00 annually during the life of the said John R. Gent. And after the death of said John R. Gent, then I devise said farm to said Orrick Gent in fee; but if the said Orrick Gent should depart this life without issue living at the time of his death, the I give and devise the said farm in fee to the youngest son of said Alfred J. Gent and the youngest son of William Gent, William Thomas Gent his son, respectively, who may be such youngest sons of said Alfred J. Gent and William Gent at the time of the death of said Orrick gent, the said youngest sons to have same in equal shares.

I give and devise to my son, JOSHUA GENT, during his natural life all that farm situated in the County aforesaid and known as the Green Spring Farm and which was purchased by me from Thornton Poole, and after the death of said Joshua Gent, I give and devise the same to such children of the said Joshua Gent as shall attain the age of 21 years and their heirs and assigns; but should none of his said children attain the said age of 21 years, then I give and devise the said Green Spring Farm to the male issue of Alfred J. Gent and William Gent, their heirs and assigns, forever, as tenants in common.

I give and devise to my son, William Gent and his wife Martha Gent during their lives and the life of the survivor of them, my farm known by the name of SEPSESFTOWN ENLARGED, and after the death of the survivor of them, I give and devise said farm to JOHN G. GENT and HERBERT GENT, sons of said William Gent, in fee simple, as tenants in common.

I give and devise my aforesaid son, JOSHUA GENT, during his life, a lot of land lying near the said Green Spring Farm and after his death, to such of the children of said Joshua Gent as shall attain the age of 21 years, their heirs and assigns; but should none of the children of the said Joshua Gent attain to the age of 21 years, I give and devise said lot to the male issue of Alfred J. Gent, in fee simple.

I give and devise to my daughter, MARTHA HIPSLEY, during her natural life my farm known by the name of Bring Me Home, and after her death, I give and devise to her son, William R. Hiplsey and her daughter, MARY HIPSLEY, share and share alike, as tenants in common, in fee.

I give and devise unto my daughter, ELLEN M. GRIFFITH, during her natural life my farm known as Leaf Farm and crops and also another lot of land known as Parker Lot. Also one other lot containing 30 acres of land and which was purchased from Dr. Cole; and after the death of said Ellen M. Griffith, I give and devise the Leaf Farm to her sons, ISAAC GRIFFITH and WILLIAM THOMAS GRIFFITH, in fee; and to her daughter, MARY GRIFFITH, in fee, the lot called Parker Lot; and to her son, WILLIAM THOMAS GRIFFITH, in fee , the 30 acre lot which was purchased from Dr. Cole as aforesaid, in fee.

I give and devise to the youngest son of said ALFRED J. GENT and the youngest son of WILLIAM GENT which may be respectively living at the time of the death of my daughter, MARY ANN WILDERSON, and to their heirs and assigns, as tenants in common, my farm known as part of Lyon's Den, and hereby will and direct that during the minority of said youngest sons of Alfred and William respectively, no wood nor timber shall be cut or taken from said farm except for the use of the said farm for building thereon or for purchasing lime for the use of said time.

I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, MARY ANN WILDERSON, $300.00 a year during her life, to be paid by my son, Alfred J. Gent, to her for her sole and separate use as a (feme sole). ( That term means to her individually, without under any control of her husband.)

I give and bequeath to REMINGTON WILDERSON and KATE WILDERSON $300.00 each, to be paid to them by my said son, Alfred J. Gent, at the death of said Mary Ann Wilderson.

I give and bequeath to JOSEPH GENT $1 to be paid by said Alfred J. Gent after my death.

I give and bequeath to WILLIAM C. GENT, son of said JOSEPH GENT, $400.00 to be paid to him by my said son, Alfred J. Gent, at the time of my death.

I give land bequeath to ELLEN HIPSLEY, daughter of said Martha HIPSLEY, one bed, bedstead and bedding for the same; also one horse saddle and bridle.

I give and devise to my son, THOMAS G. GENT, $1, to be paid by my son, Alfred J. Gent, at the time of my death.

I give and bequeath to ELLEN M. GRIFFITH, one bed, bedstead and bedding for the same, and also six chairs and two settees with plush bottoms.

I give and devise to my son, ALFRED J. GENT, during his life, the farm on which I now reside known by the name Gunpowder or Cob Gist's old farm, also one lot of land containing 20 acres purchased by me from Dr. Issac Cole; land after his death, to his children then living, in fee simple, but it is my will that his daughter, MARY GENT, shall take twice as much as either of his other children.

I also give, bequeath and devise to said ALFRED J. GENT all the rest and residue of my property, of whatever kind or description, not hereinbefore

Signed by William C. Gent Dec. 20, 1870

probated January 4, 1871, administration accounts 3/5/72, 12/4/73, and 7/7/75.

from: Wills book 3, folio 458 since actual will couldn't be located to be Photostatted


William Cole GENT was born 1789, Maryland, Married 7 Jun 1809, Died 28 Dec 1870, Baltimore Co., Maryland. He was Buried 1 Jan 1871, Sherwood Protestant Episcopal Church, Cockeysville, Baltimore Co., Maryland.

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