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Last Will and Testament of CHARLES DRURY of Anne Arundel Co.,
Dated 8 July 1809?, Proved 20 April 1816

"In the name of God Amen, I Charles Drury of Anne Arundel County make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and ?forming?, that is to say; First and principally I commit my soul unto Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be directly buried and after debts and burial charges are paid, I devise and Bequeath as follows.

Item. I devise all my lands unto my wife Margaret during her widowhood until ...?marriage or death and as soon as my son Joseph arrives to the age twenty one years, I desire the same may be sold, at public sale, by my ? and the money arising from the sale equally divided among my five sons ..?-- Childs, Charles, Samuel, Jerningham and Joseph and their heirs.

Item. I devise and bequeath unto my two grandsons William Lillard? Simmons and ? ? Welch, sixty dollars each.

Item. I give and bequeath to my four sons Charles, Samuel, Jerningham and Joseph ?? dollars each.

Item. I bequeath all the ??? and residue of my personal estate to be equally divided between my five sons Henry Childs, Charles, Samuel, Jerningham and Joseph and their heirs.

Item. Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons Henry Childs and Charles Executwers of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and then? to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have ???my hand and seal this eighth day of July one thousand eight hundred and ??? ( a single word - nine?).

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by Charles Drury the within named Testator, as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us -
Ben Carr,
Rezin Estep,
John Shephard.

Anne Arundel County ??? Then came Henry Childs Drury and made Oath the 20th day of April 1816 ?evangely? of Almighty God that the within testament? of writing is the true whole and last will and testament of Charles Drury late of Anne Arundel County deceased, that hath come to his hands, ??? knowledge and that he hath not know of any other. (a difficult-to-read signature here, perhaps Sworn before ?? Gassaway Reg Wills) Anne Arundel County....
Then came Rezin Estep and John Shephard ????. On 20th day of April 1816 ... Testamentary Witnesses to the within last will and testament of Charles Drury late of Anne Arundel County deceased and ??? holy Enangely of Almighty God, that they and ??? the Testament named, Sign and seal this will, and that they heard him publish ???? and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the ??? ???? ??? was to the best of their app.......? (poss. "apprehensions") of sound disposing mind and understanding and that they together with Benjamin Carr this then subscribing witness respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the Testator and all in the presence of each other - ??? Gassaway Reg Wills

To the Register of Wills od Anne Arundel County - I Charles Drury, one of the Executors named in the last Will and Testament of Charles Drury, late of Anne Arundel County, deceased, do hereby refuse to administer on the Estate of the deceased, do therefore renounce all my rights ???? and claim to the Execution? thereon. Witness my hand this nineteenth day of April 1816. Test. Thos. Lyles - Charles Drury."

This transcript was provided to the USGenWeb Project by: Kathleen Bowen

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