WILL of CHARLES MANSHIP
Caroline County, Maryland
Made: 28 November 1795
Proved: 08 Dec 1795
Liber JR No. B, Folio 301

Transcribed and submitted by Sylvia Fleming





In the name of God Amen, I Charles MANSHIP Senior farmer of Caroline County and state of Maryland, being weak in body but of perfect mind and sound memory, thanks be to God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz (?):

Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my executers and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and demise and dispose of in form and manner following, that is to say, First I give and bequeath unto my son James Manship one hundred acres of land where he now lives, including the buildings together with all the improvements thereon or in any wise thereunto belonging, to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever--

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son William Manship eighty acres of land lying on the North side of the farm where I now live to be laid off in manner following, the line to begin at a marked beach tree standing on the bank of the river and run near and east course with the lane across my land so as to contain only eighty acres and should it take the fence on the opposite side of the lane the same to be moved off on its ownside or other part of the land so that each part may have its own fence, to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever-should he die without a lawful heir I give the same to my son Andrew Manship from and after his decease--

I also give to my wife Ann Manship all the remaining part of my land where I now live together with all and singular the improvements and appurtenances (?) there on or in any wise thereunto belonging, to have and to hold to her during her natural life, in lieu of her thirds or lawful dowry, she making no waste or distribution thereon, and form and after her death I give and devise the same to my son Andrew Manship to have and to hold to him and his lawful heirs forever. Should he die without a lawful heir I give the same to my son, Aaron Manship, to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever--

I also give unto my wife Ann Manship a Lot of ground lying and being in Caroline County at the upper end of Denton, together with all the improvements thereon, which lot was deeded to her, to have and to hold to her during her natural life, and to be equally divided among my three children namely Sarah, Joseph, and Foster Manship after her decease.   Also another house and lot at the town end of Denton, deeded as aforesaid to have and to hold unto her the said Ann Manship during her natural life and to my daughter Anne Manship and my son Charly Manship after her decease to be divided as follows to wit Anne to have the second story and garret of the house now builded thereon and one third of the lot of ground, and Charly Manship to have the remaining part of the lot and house thereon, together with all the rest of the improvements thereon to have and to hold to them and their heirs forever--

I also give and bequeath to my son Aaron Manship half a certain lot of ground on the upper end of Denton aforesaid deeded to my self and the best house thereon to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever and the other half of said lot with the remainder of the improvements I give and bequeath to my three daughters namely Elizabeth Manship Nancy Manship and Lydia Manship to be equally divided among them, to have and to hold to heir use forever:

I also give to my four Eldest daughters each of them a good feather bed and furniture, to wit, Mary, Elizabeth, Nancy, and Lydia Manship. I also give to my daughter Sarah Manship a walnut desk and a horse colt called Jack and to James and William Manship my wheat farm--

I also give to my wife Ann Manship my Ball (?) horse and carriage to have and to hold to her use during life, also her lawful thirds of all my stock farming utensils and household furniture and as I have heretofore give unto my son Charles Manship what part of my property I intended for him, I not (?) him off with one shilling only, and the remaining part of my stock household furniture and movables I leave to be equally divided among all my children except Charles, James, William and Andrew Manship who is to have no part thereof--

I also leave my wife Ann Manship and Frederick Hollbrook whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament, will and truly to execute do and perform all things herein written according to the true intent and meaning of this my last will and testament. I also desire that each of my children may have their part at the appraisement, to do with it as they may think most proper and those who has had any part the same to come in their part of the dividend--

In Witness whereof I the said Charles Manship have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this twenty eight day of November one thousand seven hundred and ninety five--

Charles (X his mark) Manship (Seal)

Signed sealed and acknowledged by the said Charles Manship as and for his last will and testaments in the presence of us who were present at the signing and sealing thereof John Erving, Edward Rhoads, Jesse Turner


Caroline County to Wit
The 8th December 1795:

Then came Ann Manship and Frederick Holbrook the executor and executrix named and appointed in and by this will and made oath on the Holy Evangelis of Almighty God, that the aforegoing instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Charles Manship late of Caroline County deceased, that hath come to their hands is (?) and that they doth not know of any other of later date--

Caroline County set
the 8th December 1795:

Then came John Erving and Edward Rhoads two of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of Charles Manship late of Caroline County deceased, and severally made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God, that they did see the testator herein named sign and seal this will and that they heard him publish 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 their apprehensions of sound disposing mind memory an d understanding and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other and Jesse Turner who they also saw subscribe his name as a witness to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator.

Certified by J. Richardson Regr.


Caroline County to wit:
the 15th January 1796

There came Ann Manship widow of the within named Charles Manship the testator herein named and renounced the divises and bequests made to her as to the seal estate of the said deceased, and elects her dower or one third part of all the deceased's lands in lieu thereof to which she is in dowable.

Cerftified by J. Richardson Regr.


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