In the name of God
Amen. I, Jane Collins widow of Abraham Collins late of Caroline County
deceased, being weak and feeble of body but of perfect sound mind &
understanding, but calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing
that it is appointed to all mortals once to die do therefore make ordain
publish pronounce & declare this to be my last will and testament in
form & manner following to wit,
Item I give & recommend
my soul into the hands of almighty God, who gave it and my body to the
earth to be buried in a decent and Christian line manner at the discretion
of my Executor, herein after named, as touching such little worldly property
as the lord has been pleased to bless me with in this life, I give and
bequeath the same in form & manner following ó
Item. after my just
debts and funeral Expenses are all paid, I give unto Ann Lord the sum of
six dollars to be paid out of my estate by the hands of my Executor., &
to Peggy Grayless three dollars.
Item. I give and bequeath
to Margaret Kenton, wife of Solomon Kenton one half of my wearing apparel
& the other half to be equally divided between Kitty Wright and Nancy
Hubbard, daughter of Peter Hubbard, to be equally divided.
Item. I then give to
Margaret Kenton wife of Solomon Kenton one half of my whole personal estate
& the other half to be divided equally among all the Children she had
by her first husband Ander Lord
& lastly I do nominate
constitute and appoint my trusty friend, Ennals Williamson my whole &
Sole Executor of this my last will and testament well and truly to do Execute
& perform, all things herein written according to the purport true
intent and meaning of the same, in Witness hereof I have hereunto set my
hand & affixed my seal this 6th day of July Eighteen hundred and twenty
Jane X (her mark) Collins
Signed, sealed, published
and declared by Jane Collins the above named Testatrix for her last will
and testament in the presence of us, who at her request in her presence
and in the presence of each other, has subscribed our names s witnesses
thereto. Fredík Holbrook, James Satterfield
Caroline County to
The 14th October 1824
) Then came Frederick Holbrook who offered this will for probate and made
Oath on the Holy Evangels of God that the aforegoing instrument of writing
is the true and whole will & testament of Jane Collins late of Caroline
County deceased that hath come to his hands or possession and that he doth
not know of any other of a later date.
Certified by Geo. A.
Smith, Regr of Wills for Caroline County
Caroline County to
the 14th October 1824
) Then came Frederick Holbrook and James Satterfield the two subscribing
witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of Jane Collins late
of Caroline County deceased and severally made oath on the Holy Evangels
of God that they saw the testatrix therein named make her mark to and seal
this will, that they heard her pronounce and declare the same to be her
last will and testament that at the time of her so doing she was to the
best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding,
and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to the said
will in the presence and at the request of the Testatrix and in the presence
of each other.
Certified by Geo. A.
Smith. Regr of Wills for Caroline County.
Notes on Jane Collins
Kitty Wright is likely Kitty
Collins, dau. of Mary Collins Hubbard, the wife of Peter Wright.
Ann Lord is the eldest daughter
of Andrew and Margaret Lord.
Note that a James Satterfield
witnessed the will of Abrahamís widow, Jane Collins. He could be a step-son
of Samuel Collins, son of Andrew Satterfield and Deborah Stevens.
The Surnames listed as witnesses
or legatees of these wills are all interconnected in a number of Caroline
records, such as the 1809 land commission record of Frederick Holbrook
that names Abraham Collins, William Chaffinch and others. (Irma Harperís
Heirs and Legatees). Other references:
1774 marriage of John
LUCAS and ______MORGAN
1780 marriage of John
MORGAN and Sarah CHAFFINCH
1781 marriage of Solomon
MORGAN and Alice HOLDBROOK
1813 marriage of Charley
GRAYLESS and Margaret LUCAS (probably the Peggy Greyless of Janeís will)
(Halbrook) married Rachel Craynor in 1805.