Will of John Lord
Somerset Co., Maryland
September 26, 1785
In the Name of God Amen. John Lord being old and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory but thanks be given unto God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principality and first of all I give and recommend my Soul unto the hand of Almighty God and for my body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and descent manner at the discretion of them it my concern nothing douting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty power of Almighty God and as touching such Worldly Estate where with it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me within this life I give and bequeath and dispose of the same in the manner and form following;
Item first I give unto my well beloved son William Lord my dwelling plantation and all my land and all the previledges there unto one gray mare and saddle and bridle one bundle cow and one yoaks of oxen the one read the other black and two sheep one feather bed and furniture and two pewter dishes the one large the one small and three pewter plates to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give to my daughter Rachel Lord one road Cow and two sheep one large dish and three plates pewter one linen wheel and one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give to my granson Elijah Roberson of Isaac Roberson one read heifer and two sheep to him and his heirs forever.
And the rest of my Estate to be equally divided between my children whereof I have set my hand and fixed my seal this twenty sixth day of September one thousand seven hundred and eighty five.
John Lord (his mark) (seal)
Epheriam Badley (his mark)
Charles Badley (his mark)
June 5th day 1786 Then came William Lord and made oath upon the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that this within instrument of Writing is the true and whole last Will and Testament of John Lord late of Somerset County deceased that hath come to his hands or possession and that he doth not know of any other.