WILL OF ROBERT WATSON MCCOLLEY
SUSSEX CO., DELAWARE
MARCH 12, 1811
In the Name of God Amen. I Robert W. McColley of the County of Sussex and State of Delaware being weak in body but of sound memory thanks be given unto god calling unto 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, Principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hand of almighty God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian Burial at the decision of my Executors nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection. I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in the life I give demise and ispose of the same in the following manner
First. I give and bequeath unto my son Ely McColley one hundred Acres of land the Track of land he now is living on to him his heirs and assigns and what more property he has already received and no more of my Estate ???
Second. I give and bequeath unto my son John McColley all goods and Chattels he has received and no more of my Estate ????
Third. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Andasiah Marvel all the goods and Chattels she has received and noe more of my estate ???
Forth. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Zipporah Tindal all the goods and Chattels she has already received, Except a negro Girl Jaein and noe more of my estate ??? ???
Fifth. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Butler all goods and Chattels she has received and no more of my estate ??? ???
Sixth. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sally Rogers all the goods and Chattels she has received and no more of my estate ??? ???
Seventh. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Nancy Swain one negro Girl called Jaein until she arrives to the age of twenty five years and then she is to be free, and all the property she has received and no more of my Estate.
Eighth. I give and bequeath unto my son Purnal all the moveable property he has received and no more of my moveable Estate ???
Also I give unto my beloved wife Anathaliner McColley the one third ????? of all my Estate ??? ???
Also I give and bequeath unto my son Robert W. McColley all my lands on the North side of the Branch that is where I now live to him and Heirs forever, and in consideration for the Lands so left him he shall pay unto Purnal McColley the sum of Eighty Dollars within two years aft decease.
Also I give unto Abraham Outten McColley and his heirs all the new land lying South side of Green Branch which is in the Division between him and Robert W. McColley his brother, and in consideration of the above lands he is to pay Eighty Dollars to Joshua McColley within two years after my decease ???
Also, I give unto my son Robert W. McColley one sorrel Horse as a Legacy.
Also, I give unto my son Outten McColley one sorrel mare as a Legacy.
Also I leave my Negro man Jacob to be free when he arrives to the age of twenty Eight years, Also I have another negro by the name of Moses to be free when his apprenticeship Expires with Isaac Hammond where he is Bound to.
Also I have one negro Girl called Annes to be free at the age of twenty five ??? Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter Zipporah McColley one Feather Bed and furniture ??? ???
And the remaining part of My Estate I give and bequeath unto my two sons Robert W. McColley and Abraham Outten McColley to be equally divided, and lastly I appoint my two sons Robert W. McColley and Abraham Outten McColley to be my Executors of this my last Will and Testament ???ing and revoking all other Wills heretofore made Retifying and ???? naming this to be my Last Will and Testament. In Testimony where I have herewith Set my hand and Seal 12th day March 1811 signed Sealed Subscribed and pronounced by the Testator his last will in the presence of us who were present at the signing and Sealing the same ?????
Robert W. McColley (his mark) (seal)
Zachariah Ellisworth (his mark)
Memorandum the 26th day of December 1811 before me Phillips Kollock Register appointed for the probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in the County aforesaid appeared Prettyman Day and Zachariah Ellingsworth two of the Subscribing Witnesses to the within and foregoing will who being duly sworn the holy Evangels of Almighty God die severlly depose and say that in their ???? presence and hearing the Testator Robert W. McColley did sign seal publicly pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and Testatment and that at the doing thereof he seemed to be of a sound disposing mind memory and judgment and that they and each of them together with John Evans subscribed the same as Witness in the presence of the said Testator and at his request. Phillips Kollock, Reg.