Last Will and Testament of John Standforth
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I, John Standforth of Calvert County in the province of Maryland being of perfect mind and memory and understanding, thanks be given to Almighty God for the same, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Richard Standforth one shilling sterling to be paid him by my executor.
Item. I give and bequeath to my grandson John Standforth son of my son John Standforth deceased my dwelling house, land and plantation where I now live that I had of Thomas Coakshutt in exchange for part of Muffets Mount to him and his heirs for ever and by those present I do authorize and impower my said grandson John Standforth to convey and make over all the right and title I had to that part of Muffets Mount where Mr. Samuel Young, attorney at at law, now lives to the heirs of Thomas Coakshutt according to a bond past to me to the said Thomas Coakshutt for that purpose.
Item. I give and bequeath to my said grandson my two negroes named Mingo and Cate, the bed and furniture that I lay on my biggest chest that stands at my (sic) best foot with all that is in it, my biggest brass kettle and my mill and morter with all the appurtenances that belongs to them, my will further is that the first child that shall be born to my negro woman Cate that shall live to be one year old shall be given to my granddaughter Sarah Lee.
Item. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Mary Standforth, daughter of my son John Standforth my negro girl Betty.
Item. I give and bequeath all the remaining part of my estate of what kindsoever to be equally divided among my grandchildren except my grandson John Standforth who I have given sufficient (sic) home poroport of my will. My will is that my aforesaid grandson John Standforth be at age to receive his estate at eighteen years of age and that in case of said grandson John Standforth should depart this life before he arrives to the age aforesaid or without heirs of his body lawfully begotten that those I give and bequeath the aforesaid house and land where I now live to my grandson John Richard and his heirs forever and my will further is that my land shall be cleared below where my pasture fence now stands and that my daughter-in-law Grace Standforth shall have liberty to live in my house during her widowhood.
Item. I hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law Robert Lee whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby (sic) revoking and making void all other wills by me heretofore made in witness thereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of January 1738.
Test: Joseph Hall, William Turner, Thomas Jones.
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