Old Wills

1751 Will of Charles Yates – Charles County, Maryland

I believe this may be part of my Yates family that came from Maryland.

Charles County, Maryland

Will Book 1752-1767, Pages 1-2

Charles Yates Will

In the name of God, amen.  I, Charles Yates, of Charles County and state of Maryland, being in good health of body and of sound and disposing mind and memory, calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this life, think it meet and proper to settle my worldly affairs and to dispose of such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to give me.  After recommending my soul to the merits of its dear redeemer, Jesus Christ, and my body to the Earth there to be decently buried, I do make, ordain, constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

Imprimis.  I give and bequeath unto my loving son, Charles Yates, one Negro girl named Sue and one feather bed and furniture, more than what I have before given him.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my loving son Francis Yates, one Negro man called Seymore, one Negro woman known by the names of Cates Mole and one Negro girl named Phia, and one feather bed bolster, two pillows, rugs, blankets and one pair of sheets and bedstead.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my loving son Theophilus Yates one negro man named Tom, one Negro woman known by the name of Lydia Mole and one Negro girl named Judith and one featherbed bolster, pillows, rugs, blankets and pair of sheets and bedstead.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my loving son Robert Yates over and above what I have already given him fifteen shillings sterling to buy him a ring.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my three daughters Elizabeth Gwinn, Jane Bruce and Rebecca Barber over and above what I have already given them and each of them fifteen shillings to buy each of them a ring, like money with my son Robert.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my grandson Benjamin Gwinn, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Gwinn, five thousand pounds of tobacco to buy him a Negro with.

Item.  Al the rest and residue of my personal estate I will and devise to be and remain on my now dwelling plantation for the use and support of my loving wife Jane during her natural life, and at her death such residue and the then increase to be equally divided amongst my three sons first named in this will, Charles, Francis

and Theophilus.

Item.  I also will and devise my now dwelling plantation, together with all the lands adjoining thereto which I now hold and possess unto my loving wife for and during her natural life without any molestation or interruption of my proper heir.

Lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint my loving son Charles Yates sole Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other former will or wills by me heretofore made and executed.  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 20th day of December 1751.  Signed, sealed and published in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed as witnesses at the request of the testator.  John Harris, Robert Yates, William Bruce

Charles Yates

Amend to the foregoing will was the following note.  Charles County.  To wit, the 1st of June 1752.  Robert Yates and William Bruce, being duly and solemnly sworn on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God, do depose and say that they saw Charles Yates, the testator, sign and seal the foregoing  will and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his doing he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind and memory and that they, with John Harris, the other subscribing witness, subscribed their names as witnesses to the same will in the presence of the testator and at his request which probate was taken. In the presence of Charles Yates, heir at law to the deceased, who did not object thereto and at the same time Jane Yates, widow and relict of said deceased, signified by note from under hand that she would not accept of the legacy left her in said will and in leave thereof would take what the law allows widows in such cases.

Test.  Daniel Jenifer, Deputy Clerk of Charles County

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