In the name of God Amen. The twenty first Day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty three. I, Alexander Warfield of Anne Arundel County being sick in body but of good and disposing memory thereto be to Almighty God and calling to remembrance the uncertain state of this transitory life and that all flesh must yield unto Death when it shall please God to call do make constitute and Declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, revoking and annulling by these presents all and every Testament and Testaments, Will and Wills heretofore by me made or declared either by word or writing and this is to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other.
First, I bequeath my soul to Almighty God that gave to me and my body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such Decent manner as it shall please my Executors hereafter named I do think full and appoint. And now for the settling of my temporal estate and which is good as it hath pleased God to Bestow on me. I order, give and dispose the same in the manner and form following, that is to say first I will that all those Debts that I justly owe in right or conscience to any manner of person whatsoever shall be well and truly contended and paid within convenient time after my decease by my Executor following named.
Item - I constitute and appoint my loving wife Sarah Warfield and my loving son Absolute Warfield to be my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament.
Item - I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Samuel Warfield His Dwelling Plantation wherein he now doth Dwell together with all the tract of Land thereunto belonging called Ben's Discovery containing three hundred and eighty acres together with one other tract thereunto adjoining called Warfield Addition containing fifty acres to him During his natural life and then to fall to his two Eldest Sons John Warfield and Samuel Warfield to be equally Divided To them and their Heirs for Ever. I likewise give my son Samuel Warfield all the Household goods and stock which I have already possessed him with which is in full of his part of my Estate that he shall not have any claims or demand after my decease against my Estate. My will is further if my son Samuel Warfield's wife Sarah Warfield should survive him in this life during the continuance of her widowhood that she shall have full liberty to live upon the land whereon she now doth Dwell and is occupying for the benefit of herself and children and not otherwise.
Item - I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Alexander Warfield his Dwelling Plantation whereon he now doth Dwell together with all that part of my land called Ennison part laying between Potuxon River and a branch called Hammond Great Branch and the Easternmost lane of Warfield ________ and to him during his natural life and other lawful heirs of his body begotten and for want of such heirs then to fall to my son Absolute Warfield and his heirs for Ever. I likewise give to my said son Alexander all the Household goods and stock wherewith I have already possessed him which is in full of his part of my said Estate. So after my decease he shall not have any claim to any other part or parcel thereto.
Item - I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son Absolute Warfield all the remaining part of my tract of land called Venison Park excepting four hundred acres already _________ to Edmund Warfield and Philip Warfield. To him during his natural life and to the lawful heirs of his Body begotten and for want of such heirs thereto falls to my son Alexander Warfield and his heirs for Ever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Richard Warfield my Dwelling Plantation whereon I now do live (after my wife's decease) to him during his natural life and to the lawful heirs of his body begotten and for want of such Heirs then to fall to which one of his brothers or brothers' son which he shall think fit to appoint to him and his heirs for Ever and it is further my will that my said son Richard shall be of full age to work for himself and reap the benefit of his labour at eighteen years and to dwell in my now Dwelling house with his mother and if my now wife should intermarry after my decease then my Authority after he arrive to the age of twenty one years to have full power and authority to possess and inherit one-half of my now dwelling house with all other privileges of the said Land belong to him according to him according to law.
Item - My will is that my Quarter plantation be disposed of to the best bidder by my Executors whom I give full power and authority to confirm and to make over to the purchaser thereof.
Item - I give to my loving wife Sarah Warfield my Negroe woman named Kate over and above the third part of my personal Estate to her During the continuance of her widowhood but in case my wife intermarry's again then my will is that she pay to my three daughters viz. Rachel Warfield, Sarah Warfield and Katherine Warfield to be Equally Divided amongst them the sum of money as the said negroe was appraised at.
Item - I give and bequeath to each and every one of my daughters viz. Rachel Warfield, Sarah Warfield and Katherine Warfield twenty pounds currant money apiece over and above their equal part of my personal estate.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the Day and year above written.
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us.
June the 11th so came Richard Warfield, and Augustine Marriott, ____ Marriott,
Augustine Gambrill subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will being duly sworn on the Holy
Evangel of Almighty God Do depose that they saw Alexander Warfield the Testator sign and
seal the foregoing will and heard him publish and declare the same to be the Will and Testament
that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing
mind and memory; that they subscribed their respective names as witnesses to this will in the
presence of the Testator at his request; that at the same time they saw William Lebone sign and
witness to the Will in the presence of the Testator at his request.
Sworn before me the day and year of our Lord seventeen hundred forty.
Soucre: Maryland Archives G1464, Special Collections - 00/10/06/70
transcribed and contributed to the USGenWeb/MDGenWeb Project by: Brenda Blackburn
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