Will of Thomas Timmons, Jr, from the Robert Shores Collection, Courtesy of Nabb Research Center, Salisbury, MD
Copied from original will of Thomas Timmons, Jr, 1797, by Kathy Koenig:
(When I have inserted [?], I cannot read a word or words; when I insert (?), I am unsure of the previous word.)
“In the Name of God Amen this 3rd day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven. I Thomas Timmons of Worcester County in the State of Maryland being in perfect mind and memory thanks be unto God. Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men Once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say – Principally and first of all I Give and recommend my Soul into the hand of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried at the discretion(?) of my Executors hereafter named and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life and dispose in the following manner and form –
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Timmons thirty seven acres and a half of land being part of the aforesaid tract on the east side of my plantation and a line drawn across from a tract of Land called Strabane to a tract of land called Smiths Industry to him during his life and after his decease I Give and bequeath unto his Son Thomas Timmons and his heirs lawfully begotten of his Body forever.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my son Bassett Timmons fifty one acres of land more or less being part of the aforesaid tracts of land with my dwelling houses and orchard in the middle of my plantation with a line drawn across from Strabane to Smiths Industry unto him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever, and if the aforesaid Bassett Timmons should die without an heir lawfully begotten of his body the same fifty one acres of land I Give and bequeath unto my son Stephen Timmons and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever and likewise I Give and bequeath unto my son Bassett Timmons one young mare and all the moveable estate that fell unto him by his Grandfather John Bassett’s death unto him his heirs or assigns forever.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my son Stephen Timmons fifty one acres of land on the west side of my plantation joining to my brother Stephen Timmons land with a line drawn across from Strabane to Smiths Industry between my son Bassett Timmons part of the land and my brother Stephen’s plantation unto him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever and if he should die without an heir lawfully begotten of his body the same fifty one acres of land to fall unto my son Bassett Timmons and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my son Stephen Timmons my bed, bedstead, and furniture whereon I slept unto him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item It is my will and desire that my three sons Benjamin Timmons, Bassett Timmons, and Stephen Timmons should have full liberty of running of their water into the leading ditches.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Moore one bed, bedstead, and furniture one black walnut Table and a brass mortar and pestle unto her and her heirs or assigns forever.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Grandson Thomas Moore all my wearing apparel unto him and his heirs forever.
I do hereby appoint both of my sons Stephen Timmons and Bassett Timmons to be my whole and sole executors of all this my last Will and Testament, utterly disallow revoke or disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills, Legises(?), and executors by me in any ways before this time and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal the day and year above written. [ ? ] published and declared by me the said Thomas Timmons as my last Will and Testament in the presence of whom I choose to witness the same.
Thomas [his X mark] Timmons
Bartholomew Slattery, Joseph Timmons, Isaac Gray – Worcester County the 14th day of April Anno Domini 1802 then came Bassett Timmons and made oath on the holy Evangels of Almighty God that the within instrument [?] is the true and whole Will and Testament of Thomas Timmons late of Worcester County deceased that hath come into his hands or possession(?) and that he doth not know of any other Before James B. Robins Reg.W.W.C.(?) the 14th day of April Anno Domini 1802 then came Bartholomew [ ? ]
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