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Last Will and Testament of Richard Watts of Anne Arundel Co.
Dated 1 Jan 1859, Proved 22 March 1859

In the name of God Amen. I Richard Watts of Anne Arundel County and state of Maryland being weak and sick in body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and uncer tainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do there fore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form follow ing, that is to say.
First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix herein after named. And after my just debts and funeral charges are all paid I will and bequeath as follows:

I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rachel Ann Watts, all my property of every description, Real, personal and mix -ed in fee simple.

And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Executrix of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me hereto made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal, this thirty first day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Fifty nine.

Richard Watts {Seal}

Signed, Sealed published and declared by the testator Richard Watts to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto -
William Jones
James Rawlings
Mary S M Gantt

Anne Arundel County Sch
The 22nd March 1859
Then came Wm Jones one of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of Rich- -ard Watts, late deceased of Anne Arundel County and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that he did see the testator Richard Watts sign and seal this will that he heard him publicly pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament - that at the time of his so doing, he was to the best of his apprehension of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding, that he together with James Rawlings and M.S.M. Gantt, the other sub scribing witnesses respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will at the request & in the presence of the testator and all in the pres ence of each other

Benj E Gantt, Reg Wills
A. A. County

Anne Arundel County Will Liber BEG1, folio 376, book 41.

Transcription provided to the MdGenWeb sites by Danny Watts

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