Last Will and Testament of JAMES DUNN of Baltimore Town,
Dated 12 Oct 1807, Proved 21 Oct 1807


IN THE NAME OF ALMIGHTY GOD I James Dunn of the City of Baltimore in Baltimore County and State of Maryland, Merchant, being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding (praised be Almighty for the same) do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following.

That is to say. First I do will and direct that all my just Debts, Funeral expences and the charge of the probate of this my Will and all other charges and expences thereto to be paid & discharged by my Executors hereinafter named.-

And. I do give unto my father John Dunn of the Kingdom of Ireland the sum of Five thousand dollars to be paid to him as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

And. I do give unto my Brothers and Sisters the sum of Five Thousand Dollars each, to be paid to them respectively as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

And. I do give unto Mary Armstrong the wife of James Armstrong of the said City of Baltimore (which said James Armstrong is my copartner in Trade) the sum of one thousand Dollars to be paid to her as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

And. I do give unto James Dunn Armstrong the son of the said James Armstrong and Mary his wife the sum of Five Thousand Dollars, and do request my executors hereinafter named either to place the same out at interest or to invest the same in some Public Funds of the United States or in some public incorporated Bank or company as they in their discretion shall think most proper, and as soon as conveniently may be after my decease, and to receive the Interest Dividends and proceeds of the same when and as the same shall become due and payable and pay and apply the same when so received for and towards his maintenance cloathing and education; and to pay the principal sum unto the said James Dunn Armstrong or assign and transfer the same to him when he shall attain the age of Twenty one years. And it is my request and desire that the Interest proceeds and Dividends to accrue and arise upon the said last mentioned sum be received by the said James Armstrong during the minority of his said son and be by him paid and applied for the purposes before mentioned.

And. I give unto my cousin Thomas Orr the son of Joseph Orr the sum of Two Thousand Dollars: and unto my cousin Robert Orr the sum of Three Thousand Dollars: to be paid to them when and as they shall respectively attain the age of Twenty one years without any Interest for the same in the mean time.

And. I do will desire and request that an inventory of my Share Right and Title of in and unto property at Baltimore held in copartnership with the said James Armstrong be made by persons to be appointed by the Orphans Court there and appraisment made of the same; and that my said copartner shall and may take the same to his own use upon paying the amount of such valuation to my Estate, and in case of his refusal to take the same at such valuation then I direct that the same shall be sold and disposed of according to the Laws and customs of the State of Maryland and also that an Inventory & valuation of my share right and Title of in and unto all property in Virginia held in copartnership with Robert Caldwell of Petersburg in Virginia aforesaid, and that my said copartner Robert Caldwell shall and may have and take the same to his own use upon paying the amount of such valuation to my Estate, and in case of his refusal to take the same at such valuation then the same shall be sold and disposed of according to Law, and in case any sale shall be necessary my Executors to have power and authority to sell the same upon a reasonable credit as they in their discretion shall think proper.

And. I do give devise and bequeath all the rest Residue and Remainder of all the Real, personal and mixed Estate and Effects of every kind and Discription of which I shall be seized and possessed at the time of my decease unto my three sisters, to be equally divided amongst them share & share alike and to their lawful issue Respectively such issue to be entitled , share and share alike, to such share as the mother would have been entitled unto in case she had been living.

And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said James Armstrong and Robert Caldwell Executors of this my Will, and Lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former Will or Wills and codicils to the same by me at any time heretofore made and do publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said testator James Dunn, have hereunto set and put my hand and Seal this twelfth day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Seven.

James Dunn (Seal)

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said testator, James Dunn, as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto at his request, in his sight and presence and in the sight and presence of each other. Two words being first obliberated.
William Roseberry
Henry Crabbin
Wm. Hollins

Baltimore County ss On the 21st day of October 1807 came William Roseberry, Henry Crabbin and William Hollins the three subscribing evidences to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of James Dunn deceased and made oath etc. That they did see the testator sign and seal this the Will that they 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 their apprehension of sound disposing mind memory and understanding that they subscribed their names as witnesses to this Will in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other. Sworn before me Register of Wills for Balt'e. County.
Wm. Buchanan

In Testimony that the aforegoing is a free copy taken from the original Will of James Dunn deceased etc.I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of my office this Twenty Second day of October Eighteen hundred and seven.
(Large Seal) Wm. Buchanan RWBC.

At a Hustings Court held for the Town of Petersburg at the Courthouse of the said Town Monday the 4th day of January 1808. An authentick copy of the last Will and Testament of James Dunn deceased together with the attestation & certificate of William Buchanan Register of Wills for Baltimore County and the seal of the said office thereto annexed was presented in Court by Robert Caldwell one of the Executors therein named and on his motion are ordered to be recorded, AND on the motion of the said Executor who made oath and together with Francis Lynch & William Cather his security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Ten thousand dollars as the law directs certificate is granted him for obtaining a probat of the said Will in due form. Liberty being reserved for the other executor named in the said Will to join in the probat whenever he shall think fit.
Attest J. Grammer C.T.P.


Reference: (Will Book 2, page 28, Hustings Court, Petersburg,VA)


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