WILL OF ROBERT WATSON
WORCESTER CO., MARYLAND
JANUARY 24, 1746
In the name of God, Amen. I, Robert Watson of Worcester County in the province of Maryland, being something in ?????, but of Perfect mind and memory, blessed be God for it and calling to mind the uncertain estate of this Transitory Life that all Flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to Call.
First, I recommend my body to the Earth from whence it came and my soul to God who gave it to be Buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Friends, nothing doubling but at the General Reflection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God and as Touching such worldly goods as it hath Pleased God to bestow upon me in this Life. I give and Betsow in the following form and manner.
Item. I give and Bequest to my son Charles Watson the plantation Whereon I now dwell with all the Land there to belonging by Estimation ??? hundred and twenty acres together with my water mill during his natual Life and Thence my grandson Robert Watson, son of Charles and his heirs and assigns for ever.
Item. I give and Bequest to my grandson, John Watson, son of John whence he shall arrive to the age of Eighteen, And Elizabeth Watson daughter of John a young Negro woman named Easter her and her Increase be equally divided between them forever.
Item. I give and Bequest to my son Robert Watson, One hundred acres of land whereon he now lives together with a negro girl called Cate ?? to his heirs and assigns forever.
Item. I give and Bequest to my daughter Mary Wharton one shilling sterling by way of discharge.
Item. I give and Bequest to my daughter, Rhoda Walker a negro woman named Rose and the Increase to my grandson namely Daniel Walker and his sister Mary Walker to be equally divided Between them for ever.
Item. I give and Bequest to my grandson Robert Watson McColly a negro boy called Tom to him his heirs and assigns for ever.
Item. I give and Bequest to my grandson Nathin ? Watson my negro girl called Leah to him his heirs for ever and also my large Bible which is not to be sold out of the Family.
Item. I give and Bequest to my grandson, Robert Watson, son of Charles, my plantation with my two stills to him and his heirs for ever.
Item. I give and Bequest to my grandson, Robert Watson, son of Charles, a negro boy named Munday to him his heirs for ever.
Item. I give and Bequest to my Daughter Hannah Fisher one shilling sterling by way of discharge.
Item. I give and Bequest to my son Charles Watson, two negroes namely George and Darkey to him and his heirs for ever. But my Will and desire is that my son, Charles shall keep my wife in good sufficient meat and drink, washing and lodging during her natural life with my son Charles but no longer.
Item. I give and Bequest to my son Charles Watson all the remainder of my estate, not given by me before and do appoint him my whole and sole executor of this my last will and Testament denying all other Wills, Deeds, Gifts, other by word of mouth or written Acknowledging this my las Will and Testament where of I have here unto set my hand, Fixed my Seal the 24th day of January 1746.
Robert Watson (his mark) (seal)
In Presence of us
March the 6th, 1746 Came William Aydelock, Wm Veasey, and Solomon Webb, the subscribing witnesses to the within bequest made forth on the holy Evangels of almighty god that they saw Robert Watson the testator sign and seal and heard him publish, pronounce and declare the within writing to be the Last Will and Testament and that at the time of his so doing he was to them best of their comprehension of a sound disposing mind and memory and that they subscribed their Names as witnesses to the within Will in the presence of the testator at his request. Benton Harris of Worcester County.