In the name of God, Amen. I, Margaret Gardiner of Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland do make and publish this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit:To my grandson William H Peake I give and bequeath my Negro woman Nelly and my Negro boy Benjamin Naylor, aged four years. To my grand-daughter Margaret Lucinda Peake I give my Negro girl Rachel. To my grandson Thomas G Bird I give my Negro boy Robert Naylor, aged six years. To my daughter Margaret Peake wife of William H Peake I give and bequeath all the real estate of which I die possessed. To my son-in-law William H Peake I give my little Negro boy (one year old) named Henry Carr and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law William H Peake to be sole executor of this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this ninth day of August one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by Margaret Gardiner the above named Testator as and for her last will and testament, who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.
Anne Arundel County, August 18th 1874
Then came JW Chew one of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of Margaret Gardiner and made oath on the Holy Evangely of almighty God that he did see the Testatrix sign and seal this will, that he heard her publish, pronounce and declare the same to be her last will and testament and that at the time of her doing so she was to the best of his apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and that he with the other subscribing witnesses to the said will respectively subscribed his name as witness of thereto at the request of the testatrix and in her presence and all in the presence of each other.
Anne Arundel Count, August 18th 1874
The witness JW Chew also made oath that he was well acquainted with John Sellman and BF Bird, who [were] citizens of Anne Arundel County and that they are both now dead, that the will of Margaret Gardiner to the best of his knowledge and belief was executed at the residence of the Testatrix in Anne Arundel County, and that he is familiar with the signature of John Sellman and BF Bird and that their signatures as they appear as witnesses to said will are genuine.
Ref: Will Book RID1, page 273, year 1874
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