Will of Teague Riggin
Somerset Co., Maryland
July 20, 1802
In the Name of God Amen I Teague Riggin of Somerset County in the State of Maryland being sick and weak of body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament In the following manner that is to say first and principally I commit my soul into the hands of God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor herein after mentioned and as touching my worldly Estate I dispose of the same in the following manner.
In primis I give and bequeath all the money due to me on a Bond from my son George Riggin to be applied to the maintainance and schooling of my five grandchildren to witt Mary Furniss Betsey Furniss Charlotte Furniss Sarah Furniss and William Furniss which said money I give in care of my daughter Elizabeth Riggin to be expended by her and at her discretion for the use and purpose of schooling and maintaining the aforesaid five children.
Item I give unto my daughter Mary Traverse one shilling sterling to be her full share of my estate both real and personal over and above what I have heretofore given her in possession.
Item I give unto my son George Riggin one negro man named York and one half of the stock of Hogs now in my mark over and above what I have heretofore given him in possession to be his whole share of my estate both real and personal.
Item I give unto my son William Riggin one negro named Peter provided that my said son returns to the United States of America within five years from this date but if he should not return in the five years as aforesaid then my will is that the said negro Peter shall become part of the remainder of my Estate and be distributed in the same manner as herein after directed for the distribution of the remainder of my estate.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Richards one bed and furniture over and above what I have already given her in possession To make her amends for her kindness to her sister's children.
Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Elizabeth Riggin one half of the remainder of my whole Estate both real and personal to be paid to her by my executor for the use of her and heirs or assigns forever.
Item I give and bequeath the other half of the remainder of my estate both real and personal to be equally divided among my five grandchildren aforesaid to witt Mary Furniss Betsey Furniss Charlotte Furniss Sarah Furniss and William Furniss share and share alike to them and their heirs and assigns forever.
Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my son George Riggin whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament making void and null all former will or wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twentieth day of July in the year of our Lord God Eighteen hundred and two.
Teague Riggin (seal)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by Teague
Riggin the within named Testator to be his last will and
Testament In presence of us who at his request and in his
Presence subscribed our names as evidences thereto in
the presence of each other.
Benjamin H. Matthews
May the 10th day 1803 Then came George Riggin and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that the within instrument of writing is the true and whole last will and testament of Teague Riggin, late of Somerset County, deceased, that hath come to his hands or possession and that he doth not know of any other.
Before Geo. Handy Regtr. WSG
May the 10th day 1803 Then came Samuel Smith and Benjamin H. Matthews, two of the subscribing witnesses to the within last will and testament of Teague Riggin late of Somerset County deceased, and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God, that they did see the testator within named sign & seal the within will that they heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his last will & testament, and that at the time of his so doing, he was to the best of each of their apprehensions, of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, capable of executing a valid deed, and that they did respectively subscribe their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the Testator and in the presence of each other, and in the presence of James Morrison the other subscribing witness. They further depose that they saw James Morrison subscribe his name as a witness to this will in the presence of the Testator. Recorded in Liber EB No. 23 folios 68 & 69
Before Geo. Handy Regtr. WSG
Examined Test. Geo. Handy Regtr. WSG