William Cheshire's Will, March 7, 1733

In the name of God, Amen. The Twelfth day of March, 1732/33, I William Chesher of St. Mary's County being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God. Therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the Hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian burial at the Discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive ye same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this Life I give Devise and Dispose of ye same in ye same following Manner and Form.

Imprimis: I give and Bequeath unto my cousin Absalom Tennisson Senr ye one half of my Land that I now live on called or known by the name of Pheabuses fort lying and being in St. Mary's County in St. Michaels Hundred and the half that I give to him the said Absalom lyes toward ye land whereon Thomas Matchett now lives which Land I do freely give him the said Absalom Tennisson and his Heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son William Chesher the other half of the said Tract of land called or known by ye Name of Phebusses Fort lying and being in ye same County and Hundred before mentioned adjoyning On the Land whereon Gilbert Hart now lived which Land I do freely Give unto him ye said William Chesher and his heirs forever. I likewise Constitute make and ordain my Brother John Chesher my sole Executor of this my Last will and Testamt. Revoking and making void all other former Wills by me made as Witenss my hand and Seal the Day and Date first above written.

William Cheshire (his mark) seal

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced
and Declared by the said William Chesher
as his Last Will and Testament
in the Presence of us as the Subscribers
Abraham Tennisson (his mark) seal
Timothy Fowler (his Mark) seal
Joseph Bissco (seal)
March ye 7th 1733

Maryland Hall of Records
Wills St. Mary's County, MD
Liber 20, Folio 630-631
12 Mar 1732 - 7 Mar 1733

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