Last Will and Testament of William Stanford
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I William Stanford, JR of Dorchester County in the Province of Maryland being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God for same, but calling to mind the mortality of body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say (sic).
IMPRIMIS. First of all I recommend my soul unto the power of Almighty God hoping by the merits (sic) death and __?__ of our savior Jesus Christ to receive remission for all the sins and offenses of my past life; my body I bequeath to the earth to be burried in a Christian like decent manner at the discretion of my executor to be hereafter named; and as touching all such wordly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with all I give, devise and dispose in the following manner.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my sister Margret Stanford three pounds of paper money.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my sister Elizabeth Stanford all my right and title to a tract of land called London to her and her heirs forever.
Item. It is my desire that my brother Samuel Stanford should have all the remainder of my estate that shall be found belonging to me.
Lastly. I nominate, constitute and appoint my well beloved brother Samuel Stanford executor of this my last will and testament ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness I have hereunto set my hand and seat this twenty fifth day of January 1745 (or 46) signed sealed published and declared to be my last will and testament in the presence of us.
Test: Isaac Patridge, Thomas Smith, Elizabeth Meers.
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