Joseph L. Meek Manuscript

Will of John Meek, son of Guy Meek

Copied from tho Hall of Records, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Liber #13. Fol. 399 and 400

In the name of God Amen, December the 2Oth 1711; I John Meek of said County of Anne Arundel in the Provience of Maryland being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect memory, praise be given to God for the same and knowing the uncertainty of this life on earth and being desirous to settle things in order, do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following; that is to say; first and principally I command my soul to Almighty God my Creator, assuredly believing that I shall receive pardon and fee remission of all my sins and be saved by the pretentious death and merits of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer Christ Jesus and my body to the earth from whence it was taken, to be buried in such decent manner as my Loving wife whom I leave shall think meet anc convient and as touching my worldly estate which the Lord hath sent me, my will and meaning is that it shall be employed and bestowed as here-after is expressed.

First: I do frustrate and make void all wills formerly and make this my last Will and Testament.

2ndly: I will that all such duties as I owe in right and conscience to any manner or person whosoever shall be well and truly contented and paid or predained to be paid in convenient time after my decease.

3rdly: My will is that my Loving wife and son, John Meek, whom I make whole executors shall have peacable and quiet possession upon the plantation whereon I now live during her life.

4thly My will is that my older son, John Meek shall posses one parcell of land called Weston, lying down upon the head of Plumb Creek, desiring that my carpenter tools shall be equally divided between my son, John Meek and my son Guy Meek.

5thly: My will is that my sons, Chrles Meek, James Meek, James Meek, Samuel Meek and Christopher Meek shall possess all the rest of my land, every one having an equal part.

6thly: My will is that my son, John Meek, shall posses one of my guns having his choice.

7thly: My will is that my son, Guy Meek, shall have my little gun have a siler sight, my will is that my son, Charles Meek, shall have that other gun thats left.

Lastly: I desire that my son, John Meek my be assistant to my Loving wife, Mary, to see that my last Will and Testament is performed to all concerned. I have set my hand and seal in the year of our Lord 1711 in the presence of these witnesses. December 28, 1711

John Stephenes                                John (Mark) Meek (Seal)
John Brown
Stephen S. Gill
Peter Harris .
John (Mark) Hall

On the back of the foregoing will was this endorsed, Viz. May 26, 1712, John Stevens, one of the evidences to the aforegoing will, males oath that he saw John Meek, Testor sign and seal the aforegoing instrument as his will and Testment and that he declared the same so to be and that at the time of his so doing, he was of sound, perfect mind and memory to the best of his knowledge.

Before me, Thomas Ordlev
Also John Brown, another of the evidences to the same will makes oath as above the same day and year.

Thomas Ordly

Also John Hall, another of the evidences makes oath as above, the day and year above and before me.

Thomas Ordley

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