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Will of John Shacklett [Jean/Jenade de Jacquelot] born 1678 

Last Will and Testament of John Shakley [Shacklett]

In the name of God Amen I John Sheckerlie being sick and weak of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make constitute ordain and appoint this my last Will & Testament revoking and making void all wills & Testaments be me heretofore made. First I bequeath my soul into the hands of my Creator and redeemer trusting through his ......(love?) & mercy for Salvation.
I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Shickli.... twelve pence sterling
I give unto my son Mich.....?Shicklie twelve pence sterling
I give unto my Daughter Sarah Taylor twelve pence sterling
I give unto my Daughter Mary Eadkins twelve pence sterling
I give unto my daughter Tabitha Hersey twelve Pence sterling
I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Shecklie twelve pence sterling
I give unto my son France Shecklee twelve pence sterling
I give unto my loving wife Mary Shecklie my said son Francis Shecklie for and during the time until Christmas next to make and finish this in.......ing (incoming?) Crop and then to be at his own liberty
I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Mary Shecklie one half of my personal Estate
I give and bequeath the other half of my personable Estate unto my son Benjamin Sh....klie
If my son Benjamin Shiclie should live to the age of eighteen years old or to have a lawful heir to his body then I give & Bequeath unto him the said Benjamin Shicklie and his heirs forever this plantation I now live on Containing one hundred acres of land called by the name Ingothrope but if my said son Benjamin die before he arrive to be of the age afforesaid or lawful issue then I give and bequeath the said Tract of land unto my son Frances Shacklie and his heirs forever but my will and desire is that my loving wife have the whole plantation and Tract of land during her life constituting Ordaining & appointing my loving wife Mary Sherklie my whole and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament desiring her to see it Executed and performed and my just debts paid in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the seven day of February 1717 signed sealed and published by the said John Shirklie to be his last will and testament.
Signed John (X) Shakley Witnesses Jesse Doyne, Judith Gray and Thomas T. Davis

What is interesting in this will is the numerous spellings of the name. At the time of John's death in 1718, Benjamin, if in fact born in 1710, would have been 8 years old. Primogeniture, or rights of the first born son, would have made him the legal heir to his father's estate. John Shakley's will was probated in Maryland in 1718.