WILL OF NICHOLAS ROGERS

Baltimore County,  Maryland - 1717

             NOTE: Nicholas Rogers, a Hendon family friend and confidant, held the Indenture of young Josias Hendon until he reached his
             twenty-first birthday.
It is believed that Rogers had abundant influence on all the Hendons. Rogers married Elizabeth Robinson,
             Josias Hendon's mother-in-law after the death of her husband, William Robinson.


In the name of God, Amen, the twenty-eighth day of February anno Domini 1717, I Nicholas Rogers of Baltimore County in the Province of Maryland being sick and weak of body but of good memory thanks be to God for the same and calling to mind the uncertain estate of this transitory life, do make and declare this my last will and testament, revolking all other wills before by me made, first being pentitent and sorry for my sins past, I committ my body to the ground and my soul to the Merciful God, my Creator, which through the merits, meditations and intersessions of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer, I trust will not be rejected (as for my temporal Estate I give and Dispose of the Sames in manner and form following (that is to say)  I will that all those debts I owe to any person shall be payed and satisfied within convenient times after my decease by Executrix hereinafter named.

In Primus, I give and bequeath to my six children - William, Elienor, Sarah, Mary, Eli, Elizabeth, Catherine - the sum of three hundred pounds of current money in silver or gold to be divided among them in equal portions, that is to say fifty pounds each the sum of money to be paid them as they attain the age of twenty-one years or day of marriage, which shall first happen, but in case any one or more of them happen to decease before the above set time of payment then the above sum of three hundred pounds to be equally divided among the surviving.

It is my will that my loving wife whom I hereby make, constitute and appoint my whole and sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, may quietly live and prosper and enjoy any one of my plantations the which she shall please to make choice of during her natural life.

I give and bequeath to my son William and heirs my now dwelling Plantation called Reemps Addition and Parkers Heaven, but in case the said will decease without heirs lawfully begotten of his body, I give and bequeath the said Plantation and land to my daughter Elinor and her heirs and in case there were no heirs lawfully begotten on her body, I give and bequeath the said Plantation and land to my daughter Sarah and her heirs, and for want of heirs lawfully begotten on her body, to my daughter Mary, and for want of heirs of her body lawfully begotten, the same to fall to my daughter Elizabeth and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body, and in case there were no heirs lawfully begotten as above, I give and bequeath the said land to my daughter Katherine and her heirs and assigns forever.

I give and bequeath to my servant Josias Hendon one set of Coopers tools, one broad ax, one goudge, four chissells, one hand saw, one horse called Ball with good bridle, saddle, and halter, one suit of leather cloathas, two pr. shoes, two pr. stockings, two shirts, one leather hat, to be paid to him when his time of service is expired.

I make, constitute and appoint my loving wife my whole and sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament to whom I give and bequeath all my personal estate not hereby particularly bequeathed the both Real and Personal and I hereby revolking and cancelling all and every other will or wills or testaments any manner of ways made or declared by me preceeding this date and declare this to be my only last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

(signed) Nicholas Rogers

Signed, sealed and delivered
William Hamilton
Charles Goswich
James Moore
 

On the back of the foregoing will was thus endorsed vis:  October the 19th, 1720
 
Then came William Hamilton, Charles Goswich and James Moore the subscribing evidences to the aforegoing Will and made Oath on the Holy Evangel of Almighty God that they saw the Testator Nicholas Rogers signe and seal the foregoing will as Last Will and Testament and heard him publish and declare the same so to be, and that at the time of his doing he was so of sound and perfect mind and memory to the best of those dependents knowledge.

 Sworn to before me B. Bradley, Clerk
 

 

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