Will of Louday Goslee
Somerset Co., Maryland
January 23, 1826
In the name of God Amen I Louday Goslee of Somerset County in the State of Maryland being in perfect health of body and of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say.
In the first place, I give unto my wife Elizabeth Goslee all my lands whereon I now live called and known by the name of the Western Fields during her natural life or widowhood.
In the second place I give and devise unto my son Clement Goslee the upper part of my lands with the improvements thereon down to a cross fence and ditch bank that runs across my land to him and his heirs forever, in case that my son Clement Goslee should die without heirs lawfully begotten of his body then my will and desire is that my son Samuel Goslee to have the above mentioned and described land to him and his heirs forever.
In the third place I give and devise unto my son Samuel Goslee all the lower part of my lands from the above described divisional line of my fence and ditch bank to him and his heirs forever in case my son Samuel Goslee should die without heirs lawfully begotten of his body then my will and desire is that my son Clement Goslee should have the aforesaid mentioned and described land to him and his heirs forever.
In the fourth place I give and bequeath to my son Clement Goslee one bey horse called Streamer one mans saddle and bridle one yoke of steers one cow and calf one sow and pigs one ewe and lamb one featherbed and furniture one half of my waine cart and horse cart to him and his heirs.
In the fifth place I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Goslee one bey mare colt one mans saddle and bridle one featherbed and furniture one cow and calf one sow and pigs one ewe and lamb one half of my waine cart and horse cart to him and his heirs.
In the sixth place I give unto my wife Elizabeth Goslee one negro woman named Case one negro girl named Esther and all the rest and residue of my personal estate during her natural life or widowhood, and after her decease to be equally divided between my two daughters Hetty Howard and Polly Taylor in equal portion share and share alike.
And Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Clement Goslee to be executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty third day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six.
Louday Goslee (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by Louday Goslee, the above named testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
Somerset County to wit: July the 31st day 1827 Then came Clement Goslee and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God, that the within instrument of writing is the true and whole last will and testament of Louday Goslee, late of Somerset County, deceased, that hath come to his hands or possession and that he doth not know of any other.
Before James Polk, Reg.