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Will of Martin Alexander
Cecil County, MD

[Page 155]

In the Name of God Amen this 5 day of March 1750/1

I Martin Alexander being in perfect mind and memory do make and Appoint this to be my last Will and Testament I do appoint my beloved Wife Sufana to be Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament I will that all my Just debts be paid I give and Bequeath unto my Son David the one half of the plantation where I Now dwell during his Mothers Life but not allowing him to Sell nor Rent it during her Life and after her death the whole to him his heirs and Afsigns for Ever-- provided that he pay or Secure unto my Son James Twenty pounds when he Shall Arive [sic] at the age of Twenty one Years I give and Bequeath unto my Son Moses that Land that now lies in New Castle County provided that he Secure unto my Son Aaron fifteen pounds when he Shall Arive [sic] at the age of Twenty one Years I give and bequeath unto my Son Eli the Land which I purchased of Thomas Stratton to him his heirs and Afsigns for Ever provided that he Secure unto my Son Amos fifteen pounds when he shall Arive [sic] at the Age of Twenty one Years I do further Will that if any of my above sd Sons David Moses or Eli shall Refuse to pay the above sd Legacies that any of my other three Sons James Aaron or Amos so Refused shall Come in for one half of the Land left to him that So Refused him his Legacy I do further Will that if any of my three Sd Sons shall die Ifsulefs and Intestate and without Afsigns that James shall Succeed David Aaron shall Succeed Moses and Amos shall Succeed Eli in the above sd Lands. I give and Bequeath unto my daughter Rebeccah the feather bed called her Bed together with a Coverlet a blanket bolster and pillows and four Ewes and Lambs. I give and Bequeatb unto my daughter Sarah the Bed

[Page 156]

[_________________________] bolster and pillows [within this] [__________] [if her Mother pleases]. I give and Bequeath Each of my Sons David Mofes Eli James Aaron Amos and Josiah one Shilling apeice [sic] of my personal Estate I give and Bequeath unto my Above Sd Wife all the Residue of my personal Estate provided that upon her Second mariage [sic] she give Security to the Court or Commifsary to pay my Son Josiah thirty pounds when he shall Come of age or if She refuse to give Such Security to pay him halfe what Two honest men shall Value the Refidue to be worth after my decease to keep my said Son Josiah from being defrauded by her then husband and I do further Will that the Value of Such Refidue be Annexed to this Will and forthwith put upon Record but no Administration because she will have neither debts nor Legacies to Secure or Anfwer till She mary [sic] again I will that in Case my Sons Davids Child or Children should die under age that my Son James shall still have this plantation. I Will that not above Six acres of this plantation shall be Cleared during my Wifes Life In Witnefs whereof I have set my hand and Seal this 10 Day of March 1750/1

Signed Sealed pronounced and declared
in the presence of us

Before Signing and Sealing I give and Bequeath unto my Sister Mary Lowry all that part of a Tract of Land called Alexandria which my Father reserved to himself during her Life and afterwards to her Six daughters to them their heirs and Afsigns for Ever

Martin Alexander (seal)

John Crosir      Andrew Alexander 
Richard Bouldin
Mary [her A mark] Coofign

On the Back of the foregoing Will was thus Written We the under named Persons have Valued the personal Estate of the within Martin Alexander deceased as the Will directs and upon the Same we find the Amount of the Whole to be [117 lbs. .. 10 sh. .. 6 d.] given under our hands this day of August 1751. Present Mofes Alexander

Thomas [his mark] Nash

James [his mark] Boulding 

Cecil County August 16th 1751 Andrew Alexander John Crozier and Richard Boulding three of the Subscribing Witnefses to the foregoing Will being duly and Solemnly sworn on the holy Evangels of Almighty God depose and Say that they saw the Testator Martin Alexander Sign the within Will and heard him publish and declare the Same to be his last Will and Testament and at the Time of his So doing he was to the best of their apprehension of Sound and disposing mind and memory and that they Subscrib their Respective Names as Witnefses to the said Will in the presence of the said Testator and at his Request which Oath was taken by the said Witnefses in the presence of David Alexander heir at Law which same David Alexander did not object to the probat [sic] of the said Will

W Earle Dy Com[_]y Ce Coty

Source:  Cecil County, MD, Prerogative Court Wills 28, pg. 155-156

Transcribed by Susan Shields Sasek, 21 Aug 1988.

Page Updated on: 4 May 2004 Page Visitors: c. Susan Shields Sasek