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Peter Carrico’s 1764 Will – Charles County Maryland

You have no idea how happy I am to have a copy of this will!  Peter Carrico is my 5th great-grandfather.  My mother was a Carrico and her line goes directly back to Peter through her father.   Through her mother’s line she is also descended from Peter Carrico – Martha Ann Carrico (a descendant of Peter) married William Peter Montgomery in 1862, making Peter Carrico also my 6th great-grandfather.

Notice the large name of the deceased above the will – and the county written at the top of the page.  Very easy to find a particular will.

Charles County Maryland Will Book 5, Pages 320-321

Peter Carrico Will

In the name of God, Amen.  The 14th day of April, I, Peter Carrico, of Charles County, planter, in the province of Maryland, being in health and of sound and perfect memory, thanks be to almighty God for it, and calling to remembrance the uncertain state of this transitory life and that all flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call, do make, constitute, ordain and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, revoking and annulling by these presents all and every testament and testaments, will and wills, heretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing and this to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other, and first being penitent and sorry, from the bottom of my heart for my sins past, most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same, I give and commit my soul unto almighty God, my savior and redeemer in atone and by the merits of Jesus Christ, I trust and believe assuredly to be saved, and to have redemption and forgiveness of all my sins and that my soul, with my body at the general resurrection shall rise again, with joy and through the merits of Christ’s death and possess and inherit the kingdom of heaven prepared for his elect and chosen, and my body to be buried in such place and where it shall please my friends, hereafter named, to appoint my  loving wife Margaret, my loving son John, my loving son Thomas Ignatius, my loving son James, my loving son Bartholomew, my loving son Bazil.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my loving wife, Margaret Carrico, all that tract of land called Maidstone during her natural life and when she is dead to be equally divided among

My four sons, that is to say, John, Thomas Ignatius and Bartholomew and Bazil.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my loving wife Margaret a tract of land called Carrico’s Hope during her natural life and when she is dead to my loving son James.

In witness herein I have set my hand and fixed my seal this 14th day of April in the year of our Lord 1764.

Peter Carrico

Test.  John Yates, John Armstrong

On the back of the foregoing will was endorsed.

Charles County 18th October 1765, came John Yates and made oath on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God that he saw Peter Carrico, the testator, sign and seal the within will and heard him publish and desire it to be his last will and testament and that at the time of his so doing was, to the best of his apprehension, of sound and disposing mind and memory and that he, together with James Armstrong, the other witness severally subscribed as witnesses to the said will in the presence of the testator and at his request.

D. Jenifer, D. C.

Maryland Survey For Peter Carrico


Maryland Survey For Peter Carrico

Peter Carrico is my 5th great-grandfather – my mother, his 4th great-granddaughter in direct line – Catherine Lyons Carrico.  I have read that the name Carrico could be French or Italian.  According to my extremely talkative, full of life, Catholic family I would vote Italy!

Be that as it may, Peter Carrico came to Maryland in the early years of his life, marrying Ann Gates about 1720 in Charles County.  When Ann died about 1735, Peter married  Margaret Gates – probably a cousin to Ann.  Peter died at Bryantown Hundred, Charles County, Maryland, October 18, 1765.

Carrico’s Hope was a piece of property he bought later in life.  Don’t you love that most properties in Maryland were named?  I’ve never noticed that in any other state!  The descriptive paragraph at the bottom gives us a good idea of what was on the property – another bonus!  This property was recorded February 7, 1763.

Members of the Carrico family came to Washington County, Kentucky, about 1795 when the Catholic migration began from Maryland to Kentucky.  A conference was recently held at St. Catharine College in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, reuniting all descendents of these pioneer families.  Ritchey and I were proud to attend!


Charles County

Laid out for Peter Carrico of Charles County, aforesaid, a piece of land lying in the county aforesaid within the presence of his Lordship, Mayor of Calverton, and next adjoining to tracts of land called Maidstone, which is called Carrico’s Hope, and bounded as follows.  Beginning at a bounded locust post standing where a bounded red oak of the said Maidstone formerly stood, running thence south fifty seven degrees, West eighty eight, from then north west and by west forty two, then north sixteen degrees, east twenty two, then north twenty seven degrees, west forty four, then north sixty seven degrees, west sixty eight, then north twenty degrees, east seventy four then south seventy degrees, east sixty one, then south forty eight degrees, east one hundred and forty five, thence with a strait line to the first beginning, containing ninety four acres, as by the plat here unto annex may appear.  Surveyed and laid down by a scale of (?) in an inch this 30th June 1762, by a Mr. Hanson

About twenty acres of the above land are cultivated and has on it a clapboard dwelling house 16 feet square, a 20 feet square tobacco house, 22 old apple trees and about 400 panels of old fence.