I, John Lowman, of Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland, do make and publish this my last will and testament. First and principally, I ______ my soul to Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried in the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named and that my debts and funeral charges are paid, as hereinafter directed. I will devise and bequeath as follows:
1st - I will and devise to my wife, Eleanor Lowman, for and during the term of her natural life or widowhood only, whichever shall first terminate, my dwelling house in the 4th District of Anne Arundel County wherein I now reside, with the garden and the poultry house, subject to the use by my son, John M. Lowman, of the rooms in said dwelling occupied by him and family at the time of my death; and the use in common with my said wife of the parlor.
2nd - I give and bequeath to my said wife, Eleanor, my Life Policy of Insurance of one thousand dollars, also all my poultry and money in hand at the time of my death.
3rd - I give and bequeath to my said wife for life only all my furniture.
4th - I give and devise to my son, John M. Lowman, the home farm in said county, consisting of three tracts viz. One containing about 61+ acres conveyed to me on the 12th July 1867 by Isaiah Pumphrey, another conveyed to me by Owen ___________ 5th September 1849 containing about 56+ acres, the third containing about 3+ acres conveyed to me by Adeline and Richard G. Pumphrey November 1859, subject to the _______ board of my said wife during the time of her single life, which I charge against my death and to the devise to my said wife within the fifth paragraph of this will and also subject to an annuity of one hundred dollars annually for the period of ten years with and outright to my daughter, Martha Ellen Watts.
5th - To my daughter, Martha Ellen Watts, I bequeath an annuity of one hundred dollars to be paid to her annually by my son John M. Lowman for a period of ten years ____________.
6th - _____________________ consisting of two tracts, ________________ acres conveyed to me by Thomas ____________ 28 July 1865 and the other ________ acres conveyed to me by Z. Miller __________ 1883; upon the condition however that all _______ demands by the said George M. Murray subject ___________ or refrain on said property at the time of my death shall be released and cancelled. I hereby release the said Murray from any debt for rent he may owe me at the time of my death. This devise subject to the payment of an annuity of one hundred dollars annually for the period of ten years without interest to my daughter Louisa V. Murray.
7th - To my daughter, Louisa V. Murray, I bequeath an annuity of one hundred dollars to be paid to her annually for the period of ten years without interest by my daughter Emily Rebecca Murray as provided for in the 6th paragraph.
8th - I give and devise to my son, Herbert E. Lowman the farm of 101 acres now occupied by Jacob Watts, conveyed to me by M. Barrow, Trustee, on the 20th November 1861, also my interest in the land containing about 5 acres mortgaged to me by my son Thomas G. Lowman now deceased on the 17th April 1879, this devise subject to a legacy of fifty dollars to be paid by my son Herbert to each of the children of my said deceased son, Thomas, as follows: Fifty dollars to be paid to the eldest one year after my death and fifty dollars annually thereafter according to priority of age until said children shall each have been paid the sum of $700.00.
9th - To each of my grandchildren (being the children of my deceased son, Thomas), the sum of fifty dollars to be paid to them as provided in the 8th paragraph.
10th - I will and direct that all my real estate or interest therein situated in Howard County be sold by my executor as soon after my death as __________ and the net proceeds _______ divided between my daughters Mary M. Redmiles and Sarah M. Peacock ____________ one hundred dollars _________ said Mary.
11th - After the death ____________.
12th - ___________ every kind and description, I give and bequeath to my son, John M. Lowman except so much thereof as may be necessary to pay my funeral expenses and debts which I direct shall be paid out of said residue.
Witness my hand and seal this 19th day of September 1887.
Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named testator as and for his last will
and testament in our presence who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each
other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
J. Roland Brady
Whereas, I am desirous to change the second paragraph of my will, I make this codicil. I revoke the second paragraph of my said will and in lieu thereof I give and devise to my daughters, Mary M. Redmiles and Sarah M. Peacock the sum of five hundred and fifty dollars each out of my life policy of insurance and the balance to my said wife, Eleanor Lowman.
Witness my hand and seal this 6th day of April, 1888.
Signed, sealed published and declared by John Lowman the above named testator as and
for a codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence
and in the presence of each other have hereto set our hands as witnesses hereto.
J. Roland Brady
Anne Arundel County, S.S.
On the 27th day of June 1899 came John M. Lowman and in the presence of Almighty God doth solemnly declare that he does not know of any Will or Codicil of John Lowman late of said county deceased other than the above instrument of writing and that he received the same from John Lowman the testator during his life time and it has remained in his possession till delivered to the Registrar and that testator died on or about 22nd day of June 1899.
Sworn to in open Court.
Test. R. McKendra Davis
Deputy Reg. Wills AA Co.
Anne Arundel County, S.S.
On the 27th day of June 1899 came James Revell and J. Roland Brady subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament and codicil attached of John Lowman, late of said county, deceased and in the presence of Almighty God, doth solemnly declare that they did see the testator sign and seal this will and also the codicil attached hereto that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and also the codicil to the same, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind reasoning and understanding and that they together with I.G. Gafsaway the other witness since deceased subscribed their names as witnesses to this will and also the codicil in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other.
Sworn to in open court.
Test. R. McKendra Davis
Deputy Reg. Wills A.A.Co.
In the Orphans Court of Anne Arundel County
The court after having carefully examined the above last will and testament of John Lowman late of Anne Arundel County deceased together with the codicil thereunto attached and also the evidence addressed as to its validity orders and decrees this 27th day June A.D. 1899 that the same be admitted in this court as the true and genuine last will and testament and codicil of the said John Lowman deceased.
Grafton Duvall C.I.
Galloway Cheston A.I.
Benj. Watkins A.I.
Source: 1899 Book #20485, WFP-1-418-44, Anne Arundel Co., MD
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