Will of Thomas Walker Sr.
Somerset Co., Maryland
April 26, 1766
In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Walker Senr. of Somerset County in the province of Maryland being this the abundant mercy and goodness of God, Tho weak in Body yet of sound and perfect understanding and memory do constitute this my last Will & Testament and desire it may be received by all such.
Imprimis I most humbly Bequeath my soul to God my maker Beseeching his most Gracious Acceptance of it through the all sufficient merits & mediation of my most compassionate Redeemer Jesus Christ who gave himself to be an attonement for my sins & is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by him seeing he ever Liveth to make intercession for them & who I trust will not reject me a returning Pinitent Sinner when I come to him for mercy; In this hope & confidence I render up my Soul with comfort humbly Beseeching the most blessed and glorious Trinity one God most holy most mercifull & gracious to Prepare me for the time of my Dissolution and then to take me to himself into that peace & rest & incomparable felicity which he has prepared for all that Love and feare his holy Name Amen blessed be God.
Imprimis I gave my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its Resurrection from thence at the Last Day; As for my Burial I desire it may be decent without pomp or State at the discretion of my Deare Wife and my Executors hereafter Named, who I doubt not will manage it with all requisite prudence. As to my Worldly Estate I will positively order that all my just Debts & Finneral Charges be paid & Satisfied.
Item I give and bequeath unto my wellbeloved son Thomas Walker Junr. one Cow and Calf that he has now in possession to him his heirs and assigns for Ever and one Shelling Sterling to be paid to the said Thos. Walker Junr. by my Exector and Exectors after me & no more of my Estate.
Item I give and bequeath unto my wellbeloved Daughter Mary Taylor one Shilling Sterling & no more of my Estate.
Item I give and bequeath unto my wellbeloved son James Walker one shilling & more of my Estate.
Item I give and bequeath unto my wellbeloved Mark Walker fifty Acres of Land called Tarkill Glade to him and his heirs Lawfully begotten of his Body for Ever and if the said Mark Walker Dies without issue the above named fifty Acres of Land to belong to my wellbeloved son William Walker his heirs and assigns for Ever
Item I give and bequeath unto my wellbeloved son Marke Walker abovenamed one shilling Sterling & no more of my Estate
Item I give and bequeath unto my wellbeloved son Emanuel Walker fifty five Acres of Land lying on Cod Creek called Walkers Folly being pattend only five Acres and the other fifty acres being his Lordships Manner to belong to him his heirs Lawfully begotten of his Body for ever and if the abovenamed Emanuel Walker dies without issue the Land to belong my wellbeloved son Charles Walker his heirs and assigns forever. I also give and and bequeath unto my wellbeloved son Emmanuel Walker one Iron Grey Mair, that is now called his and one shilling sterling and no more of my Estate.
Item I give and bequeath unto my wellbeloved son Henry Walker my now dwelling Plantation with one hundred and ten acres of Land being his Lordships Mannor to him his heirs Lawfully begotten of his Body for Ever and if the said Henry Walker Dies without issue the said Land with the Plantation to belong to my wellbeloved son Jesse Walker his heirs and assigns forever. I also give unto my wellbeloved son Henry one horse Colt that is now called his.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Dear and wellbeloved Daughter Betty Walker Twenty pounds to her and her heirs for Ever
Item I give and bequeath unto my Dear and wellbeloved Wife Betty Walker all my movable Estate Goods and Chattles during her Term of Life and to dispose of the same as she shall see proper and do Constitute her Executric of this my Last Will and Testament and Trustee for my children. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of April in the year of our Lord 1766 Sealed & Declared by the abovenamed Thos. Walker for and as his last Will and Testament in the presents of us Aaron Speer - Isabella Walter - Betty Walter
Thomas Walker (seal)
On the third day of September 1768Came Betty Walker Executric of Thomas Walker Late of Somerset County deceased and made Oath on the holy Evangelis of Almighty God that the within Instrument of Writing is the true and only Will and Testament of the said Deceased that hath come to her hands possession or knowledge and that she did not know or ever heard of any other. Sworn before Thos. Holbrook, Deputy Com. of Somerset County.
On the third day of September one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight personally appeared Betty Walker widow to Thomas Walker and made her Election to the within Will and desired to be concluded by said Will. Made before Thos. Holbrook, Deputy Com. of Somerset County.