In the name of God Amen I Benjamin Griffith of Baltimore County in the State of Maryland being in perfect health (blessed is God) do this sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and Eighty four make this my last will and Testament in manner following (that is to say First I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged
Secondly that my beloved wife Catharine Griffith have the third part of my Estate according as the Law directs And also I give and bequeath all the remaining part of my Estate both real and personal to be equally divided between all my children male and female whether born or unborn at the time of my decease to be divided by my Executors hereinafter named as they shall think best agreeable to the app___ment and if it shall appear to them that my Estate will not admit of being thus divided they are to sell all or such part thereof so shall enable them to pay the legacies as they become due, my children to have their respective shares divided off or paid to them as they come to age and if any of them die under age their shares to be Equally divided between my surviving children until they are of age and I make and ordain my said wife and my loving friend David McMechin Executors of this my last will In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
|Signed, Sealed Published and delivered by the said Benjamin Griffith _____for his last will and Testament in the presence of|
Baltimore County to wit
on the 4th day of May 1799 came John Thomas subscribing Evidence to the aforegoing last will and Testament of Benjamin Griffith late of Balto County and made oath viz that he did ___Testator Sign and seal this will that he heard him publish pronounce and ______ same to be his last Will and Testament that at the ______
Maryland State Archives Benjamin Griffith Will Book 6, page 181
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