Baltimore County, Maryland

The 25 Day of April in the year of our Lord God Anno Dony One thousand Seven hundred and sixty eight.

In the name of God Amen. I Richard Hendon of Baltimore County and province of Maryland, planter, being sick and weak of body but of sound mind memory and understanding do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit.

Firstly, I give and recommend my soul to almighty God that give it me of my body I recommended to the earth in a desssent Christian manner by my Executors. Now in this life I demise & dispose of in the following manner and form.

Secondly, I give to my loving Wife Sarah Hendon fife pounds current money of Maryland to be seaved off of my estate then to have an equell part of the perseneable estate and to gow equally with my children.

Item 3 - I give and bequeath to my well beloved sons Hennery Hendon & Richard a tract or parsell of land where I know live with all the opperteanences and improvements the are unto belounging,  My will and desire is such that the manner peart. I give and bequeath unto my youngest suen Hennery Handon all that land that shall found on the Maner side of running through the plantation commonly called the grate run then crossing the said run under the fut of the hill to Richard Spring also a point of land lying conveannent in the fork of the two said runs conveannet for enclowsing his said land not encluding or teakeing than half an acres then the remeaner of said land to the right of my elder son Richard Hendon with all and every of the opperteaneance & improvements thearebe. Lounging (?), I give & bequeath them and there Ears lawfully begotten for ever a tract or parsell of land for one hundred acres peart of a tract of land called Averella Garden now called Hendons Hope__ Item I likewise constitute meake and ordain them my holey and soley Executors of this my last will and Testament – they & each of them the said Hennery & Richard Hendon . I also leave the rest of my personal estate consist in what ever it will to be equeally devided and each of them to give (??).

Item 4 -  I give & bequeath to my daughter Sylvia Hendon one shilling sterling and no more of my real estate.

Item 5 -  I give & bequeath to my two grandchildren, son and daughter of my son Joseph Hendon, Benjamin and Dinah, each of them one shilling sterling appease and no more of my estate in no wise what ever.

To John Rite goods & chattle to the amount of 6.00 pounds
To Richard Hendon Goods & Chattle to the amount of 5.00 pounds

Hereby revoking all former Will & Wills by me heretofore made in witness wheareof. I have here unto set my hand and Seal being as my last Will and Testament in the presents of us.

Henry Ben. Darnell                                                             his
George Counsilman                                               Richard X  Hendon             (SEAL)
George Crudginton                                                             mark
William Greenfield

On the back of the foregoing Will was thus written. Viz __

June 6th 1768 Came George Councilman and George Crudginton two of the subscribing witnesses to the within Will and being dully and solemnly sworn on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God depose and say that they saw the Testator Richard Hendon Sign Seal Pronounce and Declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament by making his mark at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of Sound and Disposing mind and memory that they Subscribed their Respictive names as witnesses to the said Will and that they saw the other two witnesses – Henry Bennet Darnall and William Greenfield sign their names as witnesses to the said Will in the presence of the Testator and at his request. Sworn to before        W. Young (?)    Balt. County