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Last Will and Testament of RICHARD IIAMS of Anne Arundel county
dated 30 March 1747

In the name of God Amen, I Richard Iiams of Ann Arundle County in the Province of Maryland planter Being of perfect Mind and Memory and Calling to Mind the Mortality of My Body Knowing tis appointed for all men Once to Die Do Make Constitute and Ordain this my last will and Testament in the following Manner and form

Imprimus I bequeath my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it me, and my Body to the earth To be buried in a Christian Like and Decent Manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter Named and Touching Such worldly goods as it hath Pleased God to bestow upon me (after my Just Debts Being paid) I Give Dovise and Dispose of them as following ---

I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Wife Eliz.a [Elizabeth, abbreviated] Iiams During her Natural Life all my personal Estate whatsoever Except the following Legacies provided my Said wife lives Single and remains unmarried But in Case She thinks Proper to Marry again immediately after Such Marriage or at the time of her Death I Bequeath all my personal Estate to be Equally Dovided Between my Sons John and William and Daughters Mary and Charity all Equally ------------

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah one Cow and Calf also one Shilling Currant Money -------------

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Eliza: one Cow and Calf Also one Shilling Currant Money -------------

Item I Give and Bequeath my Now Dwelling Plantation Containing one hundred Acres of Land to be Equally Dovided Between my Sons John and William I give William my Dwelling house and orchard on his part of the Land ---

If Either of my Sons should Die without Heirs Lawfully Begotten of their Body then his part of ??? Land Shall Fall to the other and his Heirs for Ever ---------

Lastly I Constitute and Ordain my Wife Executor of this my Last will and Testament and do Utterly Disallow Revoke and Disanull all and Every other former Testament will Legacies and Executors by me in any Wise Named willed and Bequeathed Ratifying this and No other to be my Last will and Testament in Witness where of I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the Thirty Day of March 1747 ------------------------------------------------------------

Signed Sealed published pronounce'd and Declaird to be ??? oy [small y with an o half set above to the left] Last will and Testament of the Sd Rich'd Iiams in Presence of Us ----

Richard Iiams
Wm Iiams
Thomas Iiams
? Iiams
Rebeca Iiams

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