Thomas Hearne Will

In the name of God Amen. The 27th day of January in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and sixty-two.
I, Thomas Hearne, of Somerset County and Province of Maryland, being very sick in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows:
First of all I give and bequeath to my son George one negro fellow called Hercules.
Also I give to my son Ebenezer one negro fellow called Jeffry and also as much tobacco as shall give him five pounds sterling.
Also I give to my son Thomas Hearne a negro wench called Sue.
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizebeth wife of Isaac Moore one negro wench called Patience.
Also I give to my grandsons Elisha Hearne, William Hearne and Joshua Hearne, the sons of my son Nehemiah Hearne, one negro boy, the eldest of them to have the boy and to pay to the other two five pounds a piece it being the full, whole part of my son Nehemiah’s portion out of my estate.
Also I give to my daughter Jemima Hearne one negro fellow called London and I order that the said negro be hired out until he is of age or married, the money for the hire of the said negro to be applied toward maintaining my youngest children; as also one good feather bed with furniture and bedstead to my said daughter Jemima and a good, likely cow and calf; also a large pewter dish and a large pewter basin, also three new pewter plates and three new pewter spoons; also one spinning wheel.
Also I give and bequeath to my son John Hearne one hundred acres of land lying and being in Somerset County called “Hearne's venture” with all and every the appurtenances there-unto belonging to him and his heirs forever.
Also I give and bequeath to my son John Hearne fifty acres of land called St. Kitts, it lying and being in Somerset County; also a tract of land called Tower Hill, containing fifty acres of land, it lying and being in Somerset County; the third tract of land I give to him and his heirs forever; also I give to my son John Hearne, one good feather bed and furniture and bedstead, and one likely cow and calf, one large new pewter dish, one large new pewter basin, three new pewter plates, and three new pewter spoons, and one small gun and my black vest and breeches and my best hat, also my negro wench called Doll and her increase and one negro wench called Hannah, to him and his heirs forever.
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary, wife of Joshua Morgan twenty pounds to be levied out of my estate, it being the full of her portion out of my estate.
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Hearne, one good feather bed and furniture and one book stand and one likely cow and calf and one pewter dish and one pewter basin and three new spoons and one negro girl, called Pegg, to her and her heirs forever.
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Hearne one feather bed and furniture and one bedstead and one cow and calf and one pewter dish and basin and three new pewter spoons.
Also I give to my daughter Anne one negro boy called Andrew, to her and her heirs forever.
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Ester, wife of Benjamin Vincent, one negro boy called Holborn to her and her heirs forever.
Also I give and bequeath to James Hearne the son of Wm. Hearne one hundred and fifty acres of land taken out of a tract of land called Stains, containing four hundred and twenty acres lying and being in Somerset County near a branch called Coxes Branch.
Also I give the remainder of my personal estate to be divided amongst all my children and they that take the most valuable effects to let the others have in proportion the more of other goods.
Also I appoint and constitute my son Thomas Hearne my only and sole executor of this my last will and testament, ratifying and confirming this my last will and testament.
THOMAS HEARNE (seal)
Probated March 26th, 1762.





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