In the Name of God Amen. I William Harvey of Baltimore County in the province of Maryland being in perfect Mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God therefore, but calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & Form following That is to say Imprimis I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it hoping by the meritorious Death & passion of my blessed Saviour to Obtain remission of all my sins & my Body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors and as to what worldly Goods it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I dispose of the same in the following manner.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son William Harvey one Hundred & Eighty Acres of Land on which I now dwell.
Item I give & bequeath unto my son John Harvey Fifty three Acres of said Land.
Item I give & bequeath unto my dearly beloved Wife over and above what she may legally claim, One negro man named Hazard and also one good Feather Bed & Furniture and also I give & bequeath unto my sd Wife Twenty dollars and also the Meat & Corn that is now provided for this Year.
And be it remembered that my Will is that the Beds & rugs which my sons Thomas & William before mentioned have had be looked upon as part of their respective Legacies. And as to the residue of my personal Estate my Will is that it equally divided among all my Children. And I do hereby constitute & appoint my dearly beloved Wife Margaret Harvey & my aforesaid son William Harvey the sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament having no other in the World -- In Witness whereof I hereunto set my Hand & affixed my seal this seventeenth day of January Seventeen Hundred & Sixty Seven.
Signed Sealed, & Acknowledged in presence of us the subscribers.....Geo. Risteau
Baltimore County SS. On the 14th day of January 1774 Came George Risteau and Neal Lamont two of the Evidences to the within last Will and Testament of William Harvey late of Baltimore County deceased and severally made Oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that they saw the Testator sign & seal and heard him publish pronounce & declare the same to be his last Will and Testament that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their several Apprehensions of sound and disposing mind memory & understanding and that they severally subscribed their names as Witnesses thereto in his presence and at his request. Afterwards to Wit on the 27th day of the said month of January came William Isgrig the other subscribing Evidence who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God deposeth & declareth that the said William Harvey requested this deponent to subscribe his name as a Witness to the within Writing and that he accordingly did sign his name thereto as a Witness in the presence of the said William Harvey who was at that time according to the best of this deponents judgement sound mind memory and understanding. Sworn to before & certified by me the subscriber deputy Commissary of the County aforesaid.
Source: Baltimore County Wills (MSA: CR72,241-1; liber 3; folio 288-289)
The transcript of this will contributred to the MdGenWeb Project by: Cheryl Kemp Perkins
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