WILL of JAMES WATKINS
20 December 1816
Caroline County, Maryland
Liber JR #C, Folio 428

Submitted by: Adina Watkins Dyer





I JAMES WATKINS of Caroline County and State of Maryland being low and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it may please God to call me hence do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say ~

First I give and devise unto my beloved Mother ELIZABETH WATKINS the houses and lott whereon she now lives, together with all and singular the premises and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in the County afsd. it being a part of a tract or parcel called "Watkins Luck" containing three acres and one hundred and two perches of land more or less to her the said ELIZABETH WATKINS her heirs and assigns forever. ~

And Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my mother ELIZABETH WATKINS afsd to be sole executor to and of this my last Will and Testament revoking and annulling all former Wills by me heretofore made and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.  In Witness whereof i have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twentieth day of December in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and sixteen 1816. ~

Signed, Sealed published and declared by                   }
JAMES WATKINS the above named Testator              }
as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence  }
of us who in his presence and at his request and in the }
presence of each other have subscribed our names      }                                            his
as Witnesses thereunto                                             }                   Signed: JAMES   x  WATKINS   
HATFIELD WRIGHT, ARON WRIGHT, JOHN GRAHAM ~                                       mark
 
 

Caroline County Court  }  Then came ELIZABETH WATKINS, the Executrix named and appointed
8th of March 1821         }  in the aforegoing Will, and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that the aforegoing Instrument of writing is the true and whole will and Testament of JAMES WATKINS, late of Caroline County deceased, that hath come to her hands or possession and that she doth not know of any other of a later date. ~
                                    
Certified by JOHN YOUNG Regr. of Wills for Caroline County ~
 

Caroline County to wit: } Then came HATFIELD WRIGHT one of the subscribing witnesses to the
8th March 1821             }  aforegoing last Will and Testament of JAMES WATKINS late of Caroline County deceased, and being one of the people commonly called Quakers, did solemnly sincerely and truly declare and affirm that he did see the Testator therein named sign and seal this will, and that he 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 his apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that he together with AARON WRIGHT and JOHN GRAYHAM, the other subscribing witness 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. ~

Certified by JOHN YOUNG Reg. of Wills for Caroline County ~
 

Caroline County to wit: } Then came AARON WRIGHT one of the subscribing witnesses to the
8th March 1821              }  aforegoing last will and testament of JAMES WATKINS late of Caroline County deceased, and made on oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God, that he did see the Testator therein named make his mark to and seal this Will, and that he 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 apprehension, of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that he together with HATFIELD WRIGHT and JOHN GRAYHAM, the other two subscribing witnesses 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. ~

Certified by JOHN YOUNG Reg. of Wills for Caroline County.

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