Notes for Jacob Duckett
!Will of Jacob Duckett - April 1764:
In the Name of God Amen. I Jacob Duckett of Frederick County in the Province of Maryland Planter being weak and sick of Body but of sound mind & disposing memory, do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and Form following Viz. Imprimis My Will is that all my just Debts be paid and my Body buried after a decent and Christian like manner by my Executors hereafter mentioned, as soon as conveniently may be.
Item. I give & bequeath to my dear and loving wife Sarah Duckett the third part of all my Real & personal Estate.
Item. I give & bequeath to my Son in Law William Boteler my Tract of Land called Oversight containing eighty five acres to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann Botelar one Cow & Calf.
Item. I give and Bequeath to my son Thomas Duckett my Tract of Land called Flag pond containing 656 acres to him his heirs & assigns forever; Upon condition over the life of my said Son Thomas shall pay to his four Brothers Viz. Jacob, Joseph, Richard & Josiah each one of them respectively the sum of thirty five pounds Current Money of Maryland as they arrive to the age of twenty one years. But in Case my Son Thomas should not comply with the said condition & pay the said Money according to this my Will: Then my Will is that the aforesaid Tract of Land called Flag pond be sold to the best Bidder by my Executors, all but the third part already reserved for my loving Wife & her legal Heir as aforesaid, and the money arising from that Sale to be equally Divided between my five Sons as aforesaid.
Item. my Will is that my other two Tracts of Land Viz. the Grubby hollow containing 35 acres & the mountain Tract containing 28 acres be sold by my Executor to the best Bidder & the money to be equally divided between my five Sons aforesaid.
Item. I give and bequeath to my five Sons as aforesaid the Sum of fifty Shillings Current Money of Maryland to be paid to each of them out of my personal Estate as they arrive to the age of twenty one years.
Item. I give and bequeath all the rest of my personal Estate to be equally divided between my four beloved Daughters Viz. Margaret, Mary, Elizabeth & Charity to be paid to them as they arrive at the age of sixteen years or on the Day of Marriage.
And Lastly I constitute and appoint my Loving Wife Sarah Duckett & my Son Thomas Duckett to be whole & sole Executors of this my Last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & affixed my Seal this 24th Day of April 1764
Jacob Duckett (Seal)
Signed Sealed acknowledged and Executed as his Last Will & Testament before us
On the 23d Day of June Joseph Johnson, Newton Chiswell & Ignatius Simms the three Subscribing Witnesses to the writing Will made oath on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God that they did see the Testator Jacob Ducket sign and seal the within Will & hear him publish pronounce & declare the same to be his Last Will & Testament, and that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of a sound and disposing mind & memory and that they severally subscribed their Names as Witnesses to the said Will in the presence of the said Testator & in the presence of each other.
Thos Bowles, Dy Comy Fredk County
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