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BARNARD, James
 
In the name of God, amen. I James Barnard of Allegany County, in the State of Maryland, being sick and weak in body, but of Sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding, considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world, when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this, as my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say:
 First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth, to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor, hereinafter named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid, I give and bequeath as follows:
 I give and bequeath unto my daughter Isabella Matthews, wife of William Matthews, the sum of one dollar.
 I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary J. Bernard the sum of one dollar.
 I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rachael Shaw, wife of John Shaw, the sum of one dollar.
 I give and bequeath unto my son John Calvin Barnard the sum of one dollar.
 I give and bequeath unto my daughter Allie R. Barnard the sum of One dollar.
 I give and bequeath unto my son Charles M. Barnard the sum of one dollar.
 I give and bequeath unto my son James E. Barnard the sum of One dollar.
 I give and bequeath unto my dear wife all my household furniture and all monies of which I may die possessed, as well as all debts that may be due to me at my decease.
 And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law William Matthews to be sole executor of this, my last will and testament ratifying this and none other to be my last will and testament.
 In testimony whereof, I hereto set my hand and seal this 26th day of June, in the year 1883.
    
     James Barnard  (seal)
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named James Barnard as and for his last will and testament, in our presence, who at his request, in his presence, and in presence of each other, have hereto set our hands as witnesses hereto.
    John C. Weis
    John Preston
    Geo. B. Parker
 
~Genie
Posted July 14, 2012





BARNARD, John Gilford
 
In the Name of God ~ Amen
  I John Gilford Barnard of Garrett County in the State of Maryland, being of Sound Mind, Memory and understanding do make and publish this my last will and testament, as follows. As to my worldly estate and all the property, real personal and mixed, of which I hall die Seized and possessed, or to which I Shall be entitled at the time of my decease, I devise, bequeath and dispose of in manner following to wit:
 First my will is that all my Just debts and funeral expenses Shall by my Executor hereinafter named be paid out of my estate, as Soon after my decease as Shall by him be found Convenient.
 Item. I ^give, devise give and bequest to my beloved wife Rebecca Barnard (Should She Survive me) all my property real, personal and mixed, during her natural life - Save and except my one fourth undivided interest in a tract of land lying in Said Garrett County and Known by the name of "Try-Slipo", which I hereby invest my Executor hereinafter named with full power and authority to Join in the Sale of the Same at Such time and at Such remunerative price as W. H. Barnard and Patrick Hamill of Said County the owners of the other and the remaining portion of Said tract called "Try-Slipo" Conclude to Sell and dispose of their interests in Said aforenamed tract and also to Join with them in the Conveyance of the Same to the purchaser or purchasers thereof, the proceeds thereof to be received by him and distributed as follows, - one third of the proceeds thereof to my beloved wife Rebecca, and the remaining two thirds of the proceeds thereof equally among my lawful heirs, namely Otho Barnard, William B. Barnard, Mary J. Paugh wife of John Paugh, Oliver B., Barnard, Augustus Barnard, Henry Barnard, and Margaret Catharine Barnard.
 Item- At the death of my Said wife Rebecca, my will is that all personal porperty, be then Sold by my Executor hereinafter named, and the proceeds thereof equally distributed among my lawful heirs as aforenamed, if living, and if any Should be deceased then their and each of Said deceaseds[sic] proportionate Share of Said proceeds of personal property to decend[sic] to or for the use of their direct and immediate heirs.
 I will and devise that my real estate, other than the tract called "Try-Slipo" at the death of my Said wife Rebecca, Shall be equally divided as to interest among my Sons, Otho Barnard, William B. Barnard, Oliver B. Barnard, Augustus Barnard and Henry Barnard, the Same to be Sold and the proceeds thereof to be divided as above set forth or otherwise retained among them as tenants in common as they may agree among themselves, or as they may make Sale of the Same one to another.
 I will and devise that my Executor hereinafter named, if necessary Shall Sell a Sufficient quantity of my personal property to be liquate[sic] all my Just debts and to pay my funeral expenses.
 And lastly I do hereby Constitute and appoint my Son Oliver B. Barnard and also my Son William B. Barnard to be my Sole Executor of this my last Will and testament.
 In witness whereof I, John Gilford Barnard, the testator have to to this my will written on one Sheet of paper Set my hand and Seal on this Third day of September in the year Eighteen hundred and Eighty
     (signed) John Gilford Barnard (Seal)
 
Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named testator John Gilford Barnard as and for his last Will and testament, in the presence of us who have hereunto SubScribed our names at his request, as witnesses thereto in the presence of Said testator and in the presence of each other.
     John Edgar
     Joshua Tichnell
 Test A. J. Warnick
  State of Maryland Garrett County to wit:
   On the 14th day of September A.D. 1880 came Joshua Tichnell one of the Subscribing Witnesses to the aforegoing Last Will and Testament of John Gilford Barnard late of Garrett County, deceased and made oath in due form of law that he did See John Gilford Barnard the Testator therein named Sign and Seal this Will that he heard him publish pronounce and declare the Same to be his Last Will and Testament that at the time of his So doing he was to the best of his apprehension of Sound and disposing mind memory and understanding, capable of executing a valid deed or Contract and that he Subscribed his name as a witness to Said Will in the presence of and at the request of the Testator, and that he did also See John Edgar the other Subscribing witness Sign his name as witness to Said Will at the request of the Testator in his presence and also in the presence of each other.
   Test W. H. Hagans Register
 
State of Maryland
 Garrett County to wit:
  On the 16th day of September A.D. 1880 came A. J. Warnick and made oath in due form of law that the aforegoing instrument of writing is the true whole last Will and Testament of John Gilford BArnard late of Garrett County, deceased, that has come to his hands or possession that Said will was delivered to him by the Said John Gilford Barnard, deceased, and that he does not know of any other
     Test W H Hagans
      Register
 
State of Maryland
 Garrett County to wit:
  On this 2d day of November A.D. 1880 came John Edgar one of the Subscribing Witnesses to the aforegoing Last Will and Testament of John Gilford Barnard late of Garrett County, deceased, and made oath in due form of law that he did See John Gilford Barnard the Testator therein named Sign and Seal this will that he heard him publish pronounce and declare the Sam,e to be his Last Will and Testament, ........etc. etc.
     Test W H Hagans
      Register
~Genie





BARNARD, Nathaniel
 
In the name of God amen this 30th day of December 1776 I Nathaniel Barnard of Frederick County Province of Maryland Farmer being sick and weak in Body but of perfect mind & memory  thanks be unto God for the same and calling into mind that it is appointed once for all men to die I do make this my Last Will and Testament, and first I give & bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Heavenly Father that gave it hopeing[sic] for the forgiveness of all my Sins, through the merits and intercestions of Jesus Christ my Blessed Redeemer and my Body I leave to be buried in a christian like manner, at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named, nothing doubting but that I shall received the same again at the General Resurrection, and as for my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life with, I give and dispose of the same in the manner and form following Imprimis it is my Will and desire that after my Burial Charges & Just debts are paid and my wife's thirds taken out, the remainder of my Estate I give & bequeath unto my beloved children namely William Barnard, Luke Barnard, Mary Barnard, Phebe Barnard, Tobias Barnard, Jesse Barnard, Nathaniel Barnard, Notley Barnard & Mena Barnard to be equally divided amongst them to them their Heirs and assigns forever. And Lastly I constitute ordain and appoint my well beloved wife, Mena Barnard my whole and sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills before this by me made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my Seal the day and year above writen[sic].
  
                                                                                                                                      Nathaniel (his X mark) Barnard (seal)

Signed Sealed published and pronounced by the said Nathaniel Barnard to be his Last Will and Testament in presence of us. ~ ~
 
Joseph Wood Junr,    Robert Fulton,    Charles Springer.

On the 25th day of February 1777 came Robert Fulton and Charles Springer two of the subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing Will and made Oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the Testator Nathaniel Barnard sign and seal the said will and heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament, and at the time he did so he was to the best of their apprehentions[sic] of a sound and disposing mind and memory and that they also did see Joseph Wood the other subscribing Witness Sign his name as a Witness thereto, and that they severally subscribed their names as Witnesses to the said Will in the presence of the Testator and also in the presence of each other.
 Sworn before
 T. Bowles D. Y Commy
 
In Testimony that the aforegoing is a true copy from the Original Will lodged in the Office for Wills and Testamentary Proceedings of the State of Maryland I have hereto set my hand and affixed the publick[sic] Seal of the said office this 16th day of December Anno Domini 1777.
  Elic[??] Vallette Keeper of Recordes[sic]
 Recorded 2d July 1778
 
~Genie
Posted August 7, 2013




BEACHY, Abraham J.
 
  The last Will and Testament of Abraham J. Beachy.
  I Abraham J. Beachy, of Garrett County in the State of Maryland, being in my usual health of body and of sound mind, memory and understanding, blessed be Almighty God, for the same, considering the uncertainty of this life do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say:
  First, I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as can conveniently be done, after which I devise and bequeath as follows:
  I give and devise unto Marshall A. Beachy, minor son of Cordelia Mayhew of the town of Grantsville, all that house and Lot of land and stable thereon, Situated on the North side of the National Road in the town of Grantsville and now occupied by me, containing three quarters of an acre, and known as the John Failinger property the same being purchased by me of said Failinger.
Item  I give and devise unto Marshall A. Beachy, aforesaid, all that entire Lot of Land Situate on the North side of the National Road in the town of Grantsville and known as the Andrew Arendt lot, containing Six acres and seventy two perches being the same lot purchased by me of the said Andrew Arendt.
Item  I give and devise unto John A. Beachy, also minor son of the said Cordelia Mayhew and brother of Marshall A. Beachy aforesaid, all that certain Lot or piece of Land Situate in the town of Grantsville aforesaid on the South side of the National Road and west of the Luthern[sic] Church of said town containing four acres and eighteen perches, and known as the "Eichorns Lot" Being the same which I purchased from Amelia Eichorn,
Item  I also give and devise unto John A. Beachy (aforesaid) all that lot or piece of land situate in the said town of Grantsville on the South side of the National Road, and known as the John Sclicer[sic] Lot, containing two acres and some perches, Together with all the buildings and improvements thereon ~ Reserving however, unto Marshall A. Beachy, aforesaid the free use of the threshing floor on this said lot to be held in partnership between the said Marshall A. Beachy and the said John A. Beachy, this being the lot purchased by me from the late John Slicer senr.
Item  I give and devise unto John A. Beachy all that one story Log house and lot of Land there unto belonging Situate on the North side of the National Road in the town of Grantsviell known as the Mary Ann Bevans property containing one forth of one acre of Land being the same.
      Abraham (his X mark) Beachy
 [pg 2]
purchased by me of Mrs. Mary Ann Bevans.
Item  I further give and devise unto John A. Beachy (aforesaid) the House and lot situate on the North side of of[sic] the National Road in the town of Grantsville and containing one half acre of land, known as the David Fuller property, and purchased by me of the said David Fuller.
Item  I give and bequeath unto my son Abraham A. Beachy, now residing in the State of Minnesota the sum of four hundred dollars to be paid to him after my decease as follows, One hundred Dollars to be paid to him in each and every year until they whole sum of Four hundred Dollars shall be fully paid.
 I further direct and my will is that Cordelia Mayhew now the tenant occupying the house and lot before mentioned in the town of Grantsville, known as the David Fuller house and lot, shall have the entire right to occupy and hold and reside in the said house and use the said lot free from all charge of rent so long as she shall retain her present name of Cordelia Mayhew and not change such name by marriage or otherwise until her said son Marshall shall become twenty one years of age.
 
     Abraham (his X mark)
 [pg 3]
And I still further direct that neither the said Marshall A. Beachy nor John A. Beachy shall sell or convey any part or parcel of the property hereby given and devised unto them respectively until he so desiring to sell of convey shall be the full age of twenty one years.
And I do further direct and my will is that if either the said Marshall A. Beachy or John A. Beachy shall depart this life before he shall have attained the age of twenty one years then the survivor, Marshall A. Beachy or John A. Beachy as the case  may be, shall inherit and possess the whole estate hereinbefore devised.
And in case the said Marshall A. Beachy and John A. Beachy shall both depart this life then their mother, Cordelia Mayhew, providing they die before they reach the full age of twenty one years, shall inherit own and possess the one half of the property and estate devised by me to them the said Marshall A. Beachy and John A. Beach and my son son Abraham A. Beachy now of the State of Minnesota shall inherit own and possess the other half of the estate devised by me as aforesaid to Marshall A. Beachy and John A. Beachy.
And if the said Cordelia Mayhew shall keep and retain her present name and in no wise change it then she the said Cordelia ~~~
    Abraham (his X mark)
[pg 4]
Mayhew shall have and exercise full control over (subject to this my will) of all the property devised as aforesaid and the free use of the same until her son the said Marshall A. Beachy shall have attained the full age of twenty one years.
   And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend Jacob Gnagey to be sole Executor of this my last will and testament ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament.
 In testimony whereof, I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this First day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and eighty one.
 
    Abraham (his X mark)  (seal)
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by Abraham J. Beachy, the above named testator in the presence of us, to be his last Will and Testament who at his request, and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto.
  The word December in the next to the last of the foregoing will being erased and the word January written across the line before signing
    Henry Yost
    Peter Nathan
    Christian M. Livengood
    Johann Yommer
 
  Codicil
I also direct that all my personal property goods chattels right and credits notes debts due to me and every kind of moveable property shall be equally devided[sic] amongst Marshall A. Beachy and John A. Beachy minor sons of Cordelia Mayhew.
 I also direct and my will is that as part of the real estate devised to Marshall A. Beachy and John A. Beachy shall be let leased or rented under any circumstances to any person or persons whatsoever until the said Marshal[sic] A. Beachy and John A. Beachy shall respectively become twenty one years of age.
 In testimonry whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this First day of January in the year eighteen hundred and eighty one.
 
    Abraham (his X mark) (seal)
Signed, sealed, published
and declared by Abraham A. Beachy the above named testator as and for a codicil to his last Will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto.
  
    Henry Yost
    Peter Nathan
    Christian M. Livengood
    Johann P. Yommer
State of Maryland Garrett County, to wit:
On this 13th day of Mary 1888, came Peter Nathan and Henry Yost Two of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of Abraham J. Beachy, late of Garrett County, deceased, and made affirmantion in due form of law, that they did see the testator sign and seal this will; that they heard him publish pronounce and declare the same ot be his last will and testament; that at the time of his so doing, he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that they together with Christian M. Livengood and John Yommer, subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in his presence at his request, and in the presence of each other.
     Samuel Lawton, Register
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County to wit:
On this 13th day of March 1888, came Cordelia Mayhew and made Oath in due form of law that she does not know of any will cordicil[sic] of Abraham J. Beachy, late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the above instrument of writing, and that she received the same from Abraham J. Beachy on or about the 1st day of January 1888.
     Samuel Lawton, Register
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County to wit:
On this 5th day of April 1888, came Christian M. Livengood, one of the witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Abraham J. Beachy late of Garrett County decd. and made affirmation in due form of law that he did see the Testator sign and seal this will, that he heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of his apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and that he together with Henry Yost, Peter Nathan and John Yommer subscribed his name as witness to this will in his presence at his requet and in the presence of each other.
    Jas., W. White, Register
 
~Genie
Posted February 9, 2013





BEALL, Josiah
 
In the name of God, Amen  I Josiah Beall, son of Josiah of Allegany county and State of Maryland, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory blessed be God therefor[sic], do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,
 First and principally I recommend my soul to Almighty God my creator, trusting and hoping thru[sic] the merits, death and passion o my ever blessed Redeemer, Jesus Christ, to receive remission of my past sins and inherit everlasting life, and by body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named.
 Item. ~ I give and bequeath to my loving nephews and nices[sic] the Children of Thomas Beall of Saml. and Verlinda, his wife, hereafter named to wit, John Brooke Beall, Josiah Beall, Isaac Beall, Ann Beatty the wife of John Conrad Beatty, Eliza Beall the wife of Aza Beall, Lucy English the wife of James English, Priscilla Beall, and whereas my niece Eleanor Beall has departed this life, leave in the following names children William Beall Beatty, Thomas Beall Beatty, Otho Rochester Beatty and Lewis Beatty and Louisa Beatty all my estate I may die possessed of both real and personal to be equally divided between them, meaning nevertheless that the devise to Eleanor Beatty's children is to hold and receive their equal proportion as if this bequest had been to her amongst the others named above, it being my intention and will that her children shall receive what I should have given her had she been alive, that is an equal part with above named nephews and nieces. I also request as part of my estate consists of slaves that have been raised in our family that they may be kept in our family and not be disposed of except necessity shall direct the measure. ~
 And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty and well beloved friends John Brooke Beall and Josiah Beall of Thomas my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament revoking and making void all and every other former will or wills by me heretofore made and this only to be taken as my last will & testament.
 In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this eleventh day of December in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and four. ~~
Signed, sealed, published and delivered as and                                                 Josiah Beall (seal)
for the last will & testament of the testator in
the presence of
 Benjamin Murrow, Thos. Rupell, Geo. Dent
 
Sworn & Proven 12 February 1805
Geo Bruce, Register
 
~Genie
Posted July 20, 2013






BEALL, Lucy
 
In the name of God Amen. I Lucy Beall of Allegany County and State of Maryland being weak of body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding considering the cetanity[sic] of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,
First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executer[sic] hereinafter named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows. ~
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Brother Josiah Beall all the following negroes to wit, one negro woman named Catherine with all the following children Jeremiah, Adam, James, Samuel, Joshua, Lazains and Isaac to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto Priscilla Beall daughter of my my[sic] Sister Virlinda Beall deceased, one negro girl named Philis to her, her heirs and assigns forever. ~ ~
Item I give and bequeath unto Lucy Beall, daughter of my Sister Virlinda Beall, deceased, one negro woman named Peg to her, her heirs and assigns forever. ~
Item I give and bequeath unto Ann Beall, daughter of my Sister Virlinda Beall, deceased, one negro girl named Amey(?) to her, her heirs and assigns forever. ~
Item I give and bequeath unto Ann Juliett Beall, daughter of Asa and Elizabeth Beall, one negro girl named Nance to her, her heirs and assigns forever. ~
Item I give and bequeath unto Lucy Beall, Ann Beall, Elizabeth Beall and Priscilla Beall, daughters of my Sister Virlinda Beall, Deceased, all my wearing apparel with my Side Saddle to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike. ~
Item I give and bequeath unto Lewisa (?Lervisa?) Elener Beatty, daughter of John Carroll Beatty, one negro girl named Milla, to her, her heirs and assigns forever. ~
Item I give and bequeath unto my Beloved Brother Josiah Beal my Bead[sic] and furniture to be his, his heirs & assigns forever. ~
 And Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved brother Josiah Beall to be my Executor to of this my last will and testament, Revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, Ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament. ~
 In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of April one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine. ~ ~ ~
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared       }
by Lucy Beall, the within testator, as & for   }
her last will and testament in the presence  }           Lucy (her X mark) Beall  (seal)
of us who at her request & in her presence  }
have subscribed our names as witnesses     }
thereto. ~                                 Mary Slicer        }
                                                  John B. Beall      }
                                                 Thom. Cromwell  }
 
Allegany County Sct. May 23, 1799.
 Then came Josiah Beall of Josiah and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that that[sic] the within instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Lucy Beall, late of Allegany County, decd, that hath come to his hands or possession, and that he doth not know of any other.
 
    Sworn before
     Thom. Cromwell,   Register
 
Allegany County Sct. May 23, 1799.
 Then came Mary Slicer and John B. Beall, the two subscribing witnesses to the within last will and testament of Lucy Beall, late of Allegany County, Decd, and severally made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will and that they heard her publish, pronounce and declare the same to be her last will and testament, that at the time of her so doing she was to the Best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other. ~ ~
 
    Sworn before me
     Thom. Cromwell,   Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 7, 2013




BEALL, Rezin
 
In the name of God, Amen - I, Rezin Beall of Allegany County in the State of Maryland, being sick and weak of body, but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, to wit:-
 First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body ot the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows:-
 I give and bequeath unto Sarah Jane Wiley, daughter of my son John Lewis Beall, deceased, five dollars.-
 I give and bequeath unto Martha Ann Smith, daughter of my said son Lewis Beall, deceased, five dollars.-
 I give and bequeath unto Daniel Humphrey Beall, son of my said son Lewis Beall, deceased, five dollars.-
 I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Sarah Beall all my real estate lying and being in said County for and during her natural life, and after her death it is my will and desire that my Executor hereinafter named shall sell all my said real estate, and convey the same to the purchaser or purchasers, and to divide the proceeds of such sale or sales among my three children, viz: Malina Drake, Elizabeth Rice and Thomas B. Beall.----------------------------
 I give and bequeath unto my Grand. son James Thos. Magill twenty dollars.---
 I give and bequeath unto my Grand-son John B. Magill twenty dollars.---
 I give and bequeath unto my Grand-daughter Sarah Ann Magill twenty dollars.---
 I give and bequeath to my son Thomas B. Beall one hundred dollars per year, from this date, for any service he may render to me, to be paid him out of the sale or sales of my real-estate.--
 And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Thomas B. Beall to be sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.----
 In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this 11th day of Aprill 1856.--
 
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by Rezin Beall, the above named testator, as and for his last Will and testament, in the presence of us who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto --
 Alpheus B. Hinkle
 Jesse Hinkle
 Aza M. Beall.--
  Maryland, Allegany County sct.-
On the 9th day of September 1856, came Thomas B. Beall, Executor, and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that the aforegoing instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Rezin Beall, late of Allegany County, decd, that hath come to his hands and possession, and that he doth not know of any other.--
     Test- W. R. McCully Regr
    Maryland, Allegany County, sct.
On the 9th day of September 1856, came Alpheus B. Hinkle, Jesse Hinkle and Aza M. Beall, the three subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last Will and testament of Rezin Beall, late of Allegany County, decd, and made oath on the Holy Evengely of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein sign and seal this will-that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding- that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to said wil at the request of the testator, in his presence and all in presence of each other
--------------------------   Test- W. R. McCully, Regr


~Genie
Posted January 19,2013




BEALL, Thomas of Samuel
 
In the name of God, Amen, I Thomas Beall of Samuel of Allegany County, in Maryland being weak in body but of sound & disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say,
~ First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named and after my just debts and funeral charges are paid, I devise and bequeath as follows,
  I give and bequeath unto Nancy Beatty two hundred dollars.
  Item. I give and devise unto my negro man Basil, his heirs and assigns, in fee simple all that piece or parcel of land lying near the Town of Cumberland (the same being part of a tract of land called "High Germany" and part of a tract of land called "Pine Grove", containing ninety nine acres, which was lately surveyed by Benjamin G. Vaughn under my direction for the said Basil.
  Item.  I hereby will and declare that my three negro girls Mary, Hetty and Maria shall be set free, liberated, manumitted and discharged from slavery as they may severally arrive at the age of thirty one years. ~
  Item.  I give devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal to be equally divided among my eight grand children, to wit, William T(?) Beall, Benjamin M. Beall, Jesse T(?) Beall, Joseph T. Beall, Isaac W. Beall, Samuel B. Beall, Daniel Beall and Elizabeth B. Beall, children of my son Isaac Beall, to them, their heirs & assigns forever in equal portion share and share alike.
 And lastly, I do hereby appoint and constitute my son Isaac Beall to be sole Executor of this my last will and testament. ~
  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of November in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty three. ~ ~ ~ ~
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by                }
Thomas Beall of Saml. as and for his last will            }              Thos Beall of Saml. (seal)
& testament in the presence of us who at his request }
in his presence & in the presence of each other have  }
subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. ~           }
                       Brice W. Howard                                           }
                      John Shryer                                                   }
                      Robt. Mc Clary                                               }
 
Sworn the 9th day of December 1823 by Brice W. Howard
Proven the 9th day of December 1823 by Brice W. Howard, John Shryer, Robert McClary
Sworn before Charles Heck, Register
 
~Genie
Posted September 19, 2013




BEATTY, John Conrad 
 
In the name of God Amen, I John Conrad Beatty of Allegany County, State of Maryland, do make, ordain and declare this Instrument of writing to be my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former and other wills by me made in any shape wherever.
 First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Nancy two of my feather Beds and furniture, she to make her choice out of them I may died possessed of, all my china Delph and Crockery ware, plates, knives, and forks, Table linen, Towels, Trunks and weaving apparel, one Dozen chairs, ten cows, she to make her choice out of those I may have at my decease, one woman's saddle, one Bridle, two of my tables, my large family Bible and my negro boy James over and above the third part of my estate hereinafter devised to her.
 Item, It is my will and request that all the residue of my estate both real and personal be sold by my Executor hereinafter named and that upon the payment of the purchase money he make to the purchaser or purchasers a good and sufficient conveyance for the same, and the purchase money arising from the sale thereof be applied by him in the following manner to wit: First to the payment of my funeral expenses ~ Secondly, to the payment of my just debts and the balance to be divided in the following manner, to wit: one third thereof to my beloved wife Nancy, and the remaining two thirds to be equally divided among my nine children to wit, William Beall Beatty, Thomas Beall Beatty, Otho Beall Beatty, Lewis Beatty, Louisa Eleanor Beatty, Eliza Beatty, Henry Grosh Beatty, John Elie Beatty, and Priscilla Beatty or their heirs. ~
 Then, whereas I have sold to Thomas Irons a tract of land in Allegany County for which I am to make him a title when the purchase money is paid, It is my will and request that upon the purchase money being paid my Executor hereinafter named make him a good and sufficient conveyance for the same. ~ ~
 Item, I hereby constitute Roger Perry of Allegany county, State of Maryland, my whole and sole Executor of this my last will & testament.
 In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 22d day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Eleven. ~ ~ ~
Signed, sealed and delivered by the       }
Testator to his last will & testament       }  John C. Beatty (seal)
and presence of us.                                    }
 P. Murdock                                                   }
 Geo. Thistle                                                 }
 Solomon Davis                                             }
 
Sworn by Roger Perry before Geo. Bruce, Register [date not noted]
Proven 25 November 1811 by  ______________________   subscribing witnesses
Sworn before Geo. Bruce, Register
[Note: names of witnesses not given.]
 
~Genie
posted August 1, 2013






BIDDINGER/BITTINGER, Peter
 
In the name of God Amen, I Peter Bittinger of Allegany County in the State of Maryland, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and judgment, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say: ~~
First and principally, I commit my soul unto the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid. ~
I give and bequeath unto my wife Sarah Biddinger all my property both real and personal as long as she shall live or keep my name and not marry again ~ and after his[sic] death the property shall be equally divided between my children, sons and daughters, with the exceptions that each daughter shall have when married one bed and one cow and then an equal divide with the boys after the death of my wife Sarah or her re-marriage.
And whereas I did constitute and appoint my dier[sic] wife to be Executrix of my said will now I do by this my codicil will and direct that my said wife shall be sole Executrix of my said will as fully and affectonably(?) in and by my said will constituted and appointed Executrix thereof.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal on this 9th day of September in the year 1857. ~
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared                  }
by Peter Biddinger, the above named testator,        }      Peter (his X mark) Biddinger  (seal)
as and for a codicil to his last will                           } 
and testament in the presence of us.~                   }
Witnesses ~ Eli Engle                                                      }
                     Daniel M Griffin                                           }
                    John Custer                                                  }
 
Maryland, Allegany County, sct
On this 27th day of October 1857, came Sarah Biddinger, Executrix, and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that the aforegoing Instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Peter Biddinger, late of Allegany County, Decd, that hath come to her sight and knowledge, and that she doth not know of any other.
   Test Wm R. McCully, Register
 
   Maryland, Allegany County, sct.
On the 27thd day of October 1857, came Eli Engle, James M. Griffin and John Custer, the three subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of Peter Biddinger, late of Allegany County, Decd, and made oath on the Holy Evengely of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal the will; that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament etc. etc.

~Genie

Posted January 19, 2013




BLOCHER, Henry W.
 
I, Henry W. Blocher, of Cumberland, Maryland, being of sound and disposing mind, knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and wishing to settle my worldly affairs before it shall please Almighty God to call me from this world, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, in the manner following, that is to say: First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be decently buried according to the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named, and after all my funeral expenses and just debts are paid, I will, devise and bequeath as follows, to wit:  Item. I give devise and bequeath all my property, real, personal and mixed, of whatsoever kind, wheresoever situate, in possession or in expectancy, unto my beloved wife, Laura V. Blocher, for her sole and absolute use, in fee simple as to realty, and absolutely as to personalty.  Item. And I do further constitute and appoint my beloved wife, the said Laura V. Blocher, to be the Executor of this my last Will and Testament, and direct that she shall not be required to give bond in any Court.
 In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of December, 1901.
 
       Henry W. Blocher.  (seal)
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by Henry W. Blocher, as and for his last Will and Testament, who at his request, and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have signed our names hereto as witnesses.
 
  Alexander King,  . Clark Madore,  Finley C. Hendrickson
 
State of Maryland.
Allegany County to wit:  On the 27th day of December, 1911, came Harry S. McClintock, nephew of Henry W. Blocher, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, the above named testator, and made oath in due form of law: that after the death of the said Henry W. Blocher, he found the said Will among the private effects of the said testator, in the Third National Bank of Cumberland, Maryland. And the said Harry S. McClintock further made oath: that the aforegoing instrument of writing is the true whole last Will and Testament of the said Henry W. Blocher, deceased, that hath come to his hand or possession, and does not know of any other Will and Testament of the deceased aforesaid.___________
 
     Test: Hervey W. Shuck
      Register of Wills
 
State of Maryland
Allegany County two wit:  On this 29th day of December, 1911, came L. Clark Madore And Finley C. Hendrickson, two of the subscribing witnesses to the aforesaid last Will and Testament of Henry W. Blocher, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law that they did see Henry W. Blocher.........etc.
 
~Genie
Posted July 21, 2012





BOWMAN, Truman
 
The last Will and Testament of Truman Bowman, of Allegany County, Md.  District Twenty one
I am of sound mind and knowing what I am doing.  I bequeath to my son, Benjamin H. Bowman my trunk and watch and clothes.  My sons Nelson F. Bowman and U. S, Grant Bowman and Phillip S. Bowman and William S. Bowman, and daughter, Victory Gross, has all been paid.  And after my funeral expenses is paid, the balance is to be equally divided between my daughters, Annie B. Smith and Luevetia Bowman. I hereby appoint Milton Imes to settle it up.
 Giving[sic] under my hand and seal this fourth day of January, one thousand, nine hundred and nine.
     
      Truman Bowman   (seal)
 
S. J. McElfish  (seal)
P. P. McElfish  (seal)
 
State of Maryland,
   Allegany County to wit:  On the 19th day of April, 1909, came Milton Imes, the Executor named in the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Truman Bowman, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law: that he received the said Will by mail from Truman Bowman, the testator, on or about the 15th day of February, 1909.  And the said Milton Imes further made oath: that the aforegoing instrument of writing is the true whole last Will and Testament of the said Truman Bowman, deceased, that hath come to his hands or possession, and that he does not know of any other Will and Testament of the deceased aforesaid.
     
      Test: Hervey W. Shuck
       Register of Wills.
 
State of Maryland
   Allegany County, to wit: On the 23d day of April 1909, came S. J. McElfish and P. P. McElfish, the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Truman Bowman, late of Allegany County Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law: that they did see the said Truman Bowman, the testator, sign and seal said Will that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament: that at the time of his so doing, he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding........etc.
 
~Genie

Posted July 5, 2012







BRISCOE, Hanson
 
Allegany County, to wit:
 I Hanson Briscoe of Allegany County, being in an infirm state of health and well knowing that all men must die and as it is ordered that no person shall know the time when the same may happen and being at present, thanks be to God for the same, of sound, disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form, to wit,
  First, my will and desire is that my body shall be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named, and as to what worldly goods it hath pleased the Lord that I should possess I dispose of in the manner and form to wit, first and foremost[sic] my will and desire is that all my honest debts shall be paid and for that purpose my will & desire is that all my personal estate shall be sold as speedily as possible, after my decease at a credit of twelve months and as much thereof as will pay my Bank debts shall be reserved and appropriated for that purpose and in the meantime with the consent of the directors of the Banks the notes shall be continued and the discounts paid regularly out of monies that will be due me from either the Collector or Sheriff of the County. ~ ~ Also my will and desire is that my House and three lots together with my tract of land called the "Resurvey on Long Meadows" shall be sold on the same terms and conditions as my personal estate and for the same purposes. ~
  Item, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife the Bed, Bedstead and the furniture belonging thereto, together with all the little I have of plate, as also the whole of my plantation at Rock Gap to her and her heirs forever, together what stock may be thereon & grain if any, and it is my earnest request that she move up to it & I know that the rents and profits of the saw mill rented out will maintain her and keep her from want, and if she wants any of the servants, she can buy any particular one. ~
  Item, my will and desire is that on a review of my affairs by my Executor he is of opinion that the necessity of selling the whole of my personal estate will not be required then and in that case my will and desire is that my wife shall have the same to do as she thinks proper therewith.
  Item, I give and bequeath unto my wife all my lots of land lying westward of fort Cumberland, to her and her heirs forever. ~
  Lastly, I constitute and appoint my son-in-law Beau (?Bean?) S. Sigman sole and whole Executor of this my last will and testament, with power to him to make deeds for the lands & lots directed to be sold to the purchasers thereof, revoking and annulling all other wills heretofore by me made. ~
   In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 14th day of August 1817. ~ ~
Signed, sealed and declared to be          }
the last will and testament of Hanson     }         Hanson Briscoe  (seal)
Briscoe in the presence of us                 }
 Thos. Pollard                                  }
 Charles Heck                                      }
 George Ruie                                              }
 
     Allegany County, the 14th day of October 1817,
 Then came Been S. Sigman and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that the foregoing instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Hanson Briscoe, late of Allegany County, deceased, that hath come to his hands or possession, and that he doth not know of any other.
 Sworn before
   Test:  Geo. Bruce, Register
 
Allegany County, the 14th day of October 1817,
 Then came Thomas Pollard, Charles Heck and George Ruie, the three subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Hanson Briscoe, late of Allegany County, Decd., and severally made oath on the Holy Evengely of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will and that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in presence of each other. ~
  Sworn in open Court
       Test:  Geo. Bruce, Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 23, 2013






BROADWATER, Mortimer T.
 
In the name of God, amen. I, Mortimer T. Broadwater of Garrett County in the State of Maryland, being of sound minda[sic], body, and of sound and disposing ind, memory and understanding; and considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence; do therefore make and publish this, my last will and testament; in manner and form following, that is to say:
 First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor, hereinafter named.
After my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath, as follows:
I give, devise and bequeath unto my wife, Ida B. Broadwater and, my daughter Elsa P. Broadwater, my wife tonhave[sic] the youse[sic]and benefit of my farm to enjoy her natural life time and also my daughter this same providing she never marries and after their deaths then said farm shall be possesed[sic] by my three sons, namely Gustaves Broadwater and Charles W. Broadwater and Elbert T. Broadwater provide however if one of the three should dye[sic] then and in that case the other survivors[sic] brothers shall poses[sic] and enjoy the said farm. Now I also will and bequeath unto my other twelve children all equal and twenty five dollars each, namely Lawrence H., and Harmon G. and Jessie J. and Walter S. and Eadeth M. and Fany I. Cristena and Bertha F. and Lucida and Laura A. and Lora Allas and Margaret.
And af_er my wifes seath[sic] my three sons Gustavus Broadwater Charles W. Broadwater and Elbert T. Broadwater is to have all my personal property.
    Mortimer T. Broadwater my hand and seal.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Gustavus Broadwater and Charles W. Broadwater to be sole executors of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former Wills by me, heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this, and none other, to be my last will and testament.
 In testimony Whereof, I hereto set my hand and seal this 13th thirteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty two.
     Mortimer T. Broadwater  (seal)
 
 Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Mortimer T. Broadwater as and for his last will and testament, in our presence, who at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereto set our hands as witnesses hereto.
 
     Jacob W. Michae (seal)
     Ezra J. Michael  (seal)
     Mrs. Mrs.[sic] Anettia E. Michael  (seal)
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
 On this 26th day of February, 1923, came Gustavus Broadwater and made oath in due form of law that he does not know of any Will or Codicil of Mortimer T. Broadwater, late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the aforegoing instrument of writing and that he received same from Ida B. Broadwater on or about the 24th day of February, 1923.
     Test: E. E. Friend, Register.
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
On this 28th day of February, 1923, came Jacob W. Michael, Ezra J. Michael and Mrs. Anetia E. Michael the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and testament of Mortimer T. Broadwater, late of Garrett County, deceased, and made oath in due form of law that they did see the testator sign this Will; that htey heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and testament; that at the time of their so doing he was, to the best of their apprehension, of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding; and that they respectively subscribed their names, as witnesses, to this will at the request of the testator, in his presence and in the presence of each other.
     Test: E. E. Friend, Register
 
In the Orphans' Court for Garrett County:
 The Court, after having carefully examined the aforegoing last Will and testament of Mortimer T. Broadwater, late of Garrett County, deceased, and also the evidence adduced as to its validity, orders and decrees, this 9th day of March, 1923, that the same be admitted in this Court as the true and genuine last Will and testament of Mortimer T. Broadwater, deceased.
     Test: E. E. Friend, Register

~Genie
Posted February 28, 2013






BRODE, Catherine
 
I, Catherine Brode, of Allegany County, State of Maryland, being of sound mind, do make this my last Will and Testament, in manner following, that is to say: After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I give, devise and bequeath my estate as follows:
Firts, I give and bequeath unto Julia Spitznas, wife of Charles Spitznas, Henry Brode, Daniel Brode, John Brode, Margaret Ort, widow of Benjamin Ort, Annie Johns, wife of John Johns, Sarah Evans, wife of Lawrence Evans, all of Allegany County, State of Maryland, and Mary Wright, wife of Mannus Wright, of Pocahontas, State of Pennsylvania, all my children, each one ninth of my property to share and share alike.
Second, I give and devise unto Estella Pressman, Nellie Pressman, Carl Pressman and Elizabeth Pressman, my grand-children, and children of my daughter Kate, the one ninth of my property, share and share alike, it being the share that their mother would have been entitled to if living.  The amount of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) shall be charged up to Julia Spitznas, and taken as a part of her share in my estate, that amount having been advanced to her by me.
The children of my son, Conrad D. Brode, shall not be entitled to any share in my estate as I deeded a house and lot to my son, Conrad D. Brode, before his death.
Third.  I constitute and appoint my son, Daniel Brode, to be the Executor of this my last Will and Testament, who shall sell all my personal property and all my real estate, and to give sufficient deed therefor, and divide the same according to the terms of this will.  I hereby revoke all other Wills and Codicils by me heretofore made.  In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, this 4th day of April, in the year nineteen hundred and ten.
 
 (in German)  Catherine Brode  (seal)
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testatrix in the presence of us who, at her request, in her presence, and the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
 
    Hugh Speir, Henry Hager
 
State of Maryland,
Allegany County to wit:  On the 12th day of November, 1912, came Daniel Brode, the Executor named in the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Catherine Brode, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law: that after the death of the testatrix, he received the said Will from the hand of the Register of Wills of Allegany County, Maryland, in whose office it was filed for safe keeping, on the 6th day of April 1910.  And the said Daniel Brode, further made oath: that the aforegoing Instrument of Writing is the true whole last Will and Testament of the said Catherine Brode, deceased, that hath come to his hand or possession and does not know of any other Will and Testament of the deceased aforesaid.
 
     Test: Hervey W. Shuck
      Register of Wills
 
State of Maryland
Allegany County to wit:  On this 15th day of November 1912, came Hugh Speir and Henry Hager, the two subscribing withnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Catherine Brode, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law: that they did see Catherine Brode, the testatrix, sign and seal said Will: that they heard her publish, pronounce and declare the same to be her last Will and Testament: that at the time of so doing, she was, to the best of their apprehension, of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, capable of executing a valid deed or contract, and that they respectively subscribed their names as witness thereto, at the request of Catherine Brode, the testatrix, in her presence, and all in the jpresence of each other.
 
     Test: Hervey W. Shuck
      Register of Wills
Admitted to probate
November 13th, 1912
 
~Genie
Posted July 21, 2012






BRODE, Conrad
 
  In the name of God, Amen.
I Conrad Brode of Allegany County in the state of Maryland being in Perfect health of body, and of Sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding. Weak in body but of sound mind considering the certainty of Death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my Worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall Please God to call me hence do therefore make and Publish this my last Will and testament in manner and form Following that is to say
First and Principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executrix, hereinafter named. After my Debts and Funeral Charges are Paid
I devise and bequath[sic] all my Real and Personal Estate as as follows to my beloved wife Anna D. Brode, and if she dies first the Estate is my mine as heretofore
I give and bequest to dear Wife during her life time my rean And Personal Estate in her control as long as she may live and at her death to Equeled[sic] to be divided betwext my Sons and Daughters as follows
Charles C. Brode, Conrad C.Brode, Andrew Brode, Gorge H. Brode - Daughters as follows
Julia intermarried to George Deitzet
Minai      "           to Wm Deitzet
Elisabeth "           to Henry Wagoner
 
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my Dear Wife Anna D. Brode to be sole Executrix of this my last [will] and testament revoking and annulling all former Wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament
 
 In testimony Whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of September 1904
 
      Conrad Brode Sr
Signed Sealed Published and
declared by the above named
Conrad Brode, as and for
his last Will and testament                    {George Britt
in our Presence Who at                         {Jessie Burton
his request in his Presence
and in Presence of Each
other have hereto set our
hands as Witnesses hereto.

Will filed & Proven 20 April 1906
Admitted to Probate 20 April 1906
Recorded Liber I, folio 198 &c.
 
~Genie
Posted March 30, 2013





 
BRODE, Conrad C.
 
I, Conrad C. Brode of Frostburg, Allegany County, Maryland, do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
 After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I give, devise and bequeath all of my property and estate, as follows, to wit:
 FIRST. I give and bequeath to my wife, Rachel Brode all of my personal property absolutely.
 SECOND. I give, devise and bequeath to my said wife, Rachel Brode all of my real estate for and during the full term of her natural life; and after her death, I give, devise and bequeath all my said real estate to my children in fee simple, to be divided among them equally, share and share alike.
 THIRD. And lastly, I do hereby name and appoint my said wife Rachel Brode, to be sole executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me made at any time heretofore made, and ratifying and confirming this and none other as and for my last will and testament.
 In testimonly whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of April in the year eighteen hundred and ninety-six.
 
     Conrad C. Brode (seal)
 
     Signed, sealed, published and declared by Conrad C. Brode, the above named testator, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request, in his presence and the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
    Chas. A. Spitznas
    Georg Keedey
    Lawrence R. Evans
     All of Frostburg, Maryland
 
Will filed & Proven 2 June 1896
Admitted to Probate & Recorded 2 June 1896
Liber G., folios 181&c.
 
~Genie
Posted March 30, 2013



 
 
BRODE, Daniel C.
 
 I, Daniel C. Brode, of Allegany County, State of Maryland, do make this my last will and testament, in manner following that is to say:
 After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses I give and bequeath my estate as follows:
     1.  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Rosina Brode, all of my estate both real and personal in which I now or my[sic] hereafter have possession of or entitled to come into possession of, during her natural life.
     2.  I give and bequeath unto my son Henry A. Brode the sum of one hundred dollars to be paid to him after the death of my said wife.
     3.  I give and bequeath the residue of my estate after the death of my said wife to all of my children, share and share alike.
     4.  I constitute and appoint my said wife, Rosina Brode, to be the executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills and codicils by me heretofore made.
     In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 15 th day of July, in the year nineteen hundred and ten.
 
      Daniel C. Brode   (seal)
 
     Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who, at his request, in his presence and the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
      J. S. Metzger
      Sara Stevens
 
Will filed & Proven 5 November 1920
Admitted to Probate 5 November 1920
Recorded Liber M, folio 228 &c
 
~Genie
Posted March 30, 2013





 
BRODE, Mary D.
 
 In the name of God, Amen,
  I, Mary D. Brode of Frostburg in Allegany County, State of Maryland being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God, to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say:-
 First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named.
 After my debts and funeral charges are paid and my last resting place suitably marked,   I devise and bequeath as follows:-  That what is left is to be equally divided among the Brothers and Sisters and those that have gone before there[sic] share shall be given to there[sic] children.
 And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my Sister Lena Close my Executrix, without bond of this my last will and Testament, revoking and annulling all former will's[sic] by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and Testament
 
     Mary D. Brode
                Frostburg, Md.
 
     Marie J. Yungerman
               Frostburg, Md.
 
     Stella Hager
           Frostburg, Md.    
     
~Genie
Posted March 30, 2013




BROWN, Madlone
 
In the name of God the Father,
Son and Holy Ghost, I, Madlone Brown, of Cumberland, in the County of Allegany, and State of Maryland, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament
 First, I order and direct that my Executor hereinafter named pay all my just debts and funeral expenses, and cause a suitable tombstone to be placed over my grave, as soon after my decease as conveniently may be.
 Second, after the payment of such funeral expenses, debts and tombstone, I give, devise and bequeath the portraits (including frames) of my parents to my brother, John Fisher, of Johnsburg, Somerset County, Pa. All the rest and residue of my estate of every kind and wheresoever situated, I give, devise and bequeath to the German Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Congregation of Cumberland, Md.
 Lastly, I make, constitute and appoint John W. Kiiffner, to be Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.
 In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, the 4th day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eleven.
 
    Madlone Brown (seal)
 
This instrument was on the day of the date thereof, signed, published and declared by the said testatrix, Madlone Brown, to be her last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who, at her request have subscribed our names thereto as witnesses, in her presence and in the presence of each other.
 
    Andrew Gross
    Eckart Beckman
 
State of Maryland,
 Allegany County to wit:  On the 14th day of November, 1911, came Rev. M. Gallmeier, Pastor of the German Evangelical Trinity Lutheran Church of Cumberland, Maryland, who made oath in due form of law: that he received the said Will for safe keeping from the hand of Madlone Brown, the testatrix, on the 4th day of October, 1911, the date of the signing and sealing thereof. And the said Rev. M. Gallmeier, further made oath: ^that that [sic] the aforegoing Instrument of Writing is the true whole last Will and Testament of the said Madlone Brown, deceased, that hath come to his hand or possession, and does not know of any other Will and Testament of the deceased aforesaid.___________Test: Hervey W. Shuck
        Register of Wills
 
State of Maryland,
 Allegany County to wit:  On this 14th day of November 1911, came Andrew Gross and Eckart  Beckman, the two subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Madlone Brown, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law: that they did see Madlone Brown, the testatrix, sign and seal said Will: that they heard her publish, pronounce and declare the same to be her last Will and Testament, that at the time of so doing she was, to the best of their apprehensions of souond and disposing mind, memory and understanding, capable of executing a valid deed or contract,m and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses thereto, at the request of Madlone Brown, the testatrix, in her presence and all in the presence of each other._______________Test: Hervey W. Shuck
        Register of Wills
 
Admitted to probate November 14th, 1911
 
~Genie
Posted August 3,, 2012






BRUCE, Andrew Sr.
 
The last will & testament of Andrew Bruce of Allegany County in the State of Maryland -
Imprimis I bequeath my Body to the ground in humble hope of the happy resurrection from the mercy of my maker, by the merits, intercession and sufferings of my Blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ -

 
Item - the whole of my estate, after payment of any just and honest debts, both real & personal in this State, together with the lands I hold or may hold by contract and in the State of Virginia I do hereby bequeath unto my executors hereafter mentioned in this my last will and testament for the purpose of being equally divided among my children not otherwise mentioned herein, and except such specified devise or devises as may be mentioned also within my last will and testament, this devise to my executors being in trust to fulfill the purposes of this my last will and testament, they, my executors, to retain each their children part of my estate both real and personal after payment of my debts above said -

Item unto my daughter Susannah Bruce I devise one tract of land of four hundred acres in Hardy County in the State of Virginia.  She to have her choice out of three tracts of same quantity of land I hold in that county which choice she or any other person for her shall designate within one year after my decease, the said devise to be to her in free and simple; this to be in full for her part of my estate both real and personal but as she hath for many years past resided in Frederick County should she elect either after my decease or before to reside with those of my children who may remain on the land I now reside to which Mount Pleasant, then the above devise to be void and she to receive equally with my other children as is hereafter mentioned in this last will and testament, but any conveyance to her for her part of my real property shall revert unto my heirs in default of heirs of her body and should she require her child's part of my estate the same shall be given or conveyed to her in lands not contiguous to Mount Pleasant or in Wills Town hundred in Allegany County aforesaid in fee tail, or in money or bonds which may arise from sale of other lands than those I hold in Wills Town hundred aforesaid, should my executors have by virtue of this my will and for the purposes hereafter mentioned therein sold my other real property before such request may have been made by her the said Susannah Bruce.

 
Item, unto my son Normand Murdoch Bruce I devise the sum of one hundred dollars to be paid to him by my executors any time within twelve months after my decease in full for his part of my estate real and personal and that any accounts that may appear against him on my book shall be released to him and no demand shall be made thereof from the said Normand Murdoch Bruce -
 
Item,  Unto the two children of my deceased son William Bruce vizt.: Daniel Bruce and Andrew George Bruce I give and bequeath two, two hundred and fifty acre tracts of land in Hardy County State of Virginia.  The said two tracts of land of two hundred and fifty acres each to be to them or to the junior of them in fee simple and to be in the care and management of my executors, or such ofthese as may act or survive until they the said Daniel and Andrew George arrive to the age of twenty one years or if it shall happen that in the opinion of my executors that it would be to the advantage to the said Daniel and Andrew George that the said two tracts of land should be sold, the above bequest is hereby revoked and the lands be and remain with my executors for the purpose of sale and the money arising from said sale be put out on security invested in any given fund for the benefits of the said Daniel and Andrew George or the survivors of them, and if neither of them should survive to the age of twenty one years the money or the land if not sold, shall revert to my heirs, any construction that may be put on this my last will and testament to the contrary notwithstanding; and any taxes that may accrue on the said lands the natural guardian or guardians of the said Daniel and Andrew George shall be accountable to my executors for and if not accounted for by the said guardian or guardians shall be accounted for by the said Daniel and Andrew George when they shall come they or either of them, to the age of twenty one years and as it is my will and desire that the said Daniel and Andrew George should receive what may amount to one child's part in value or on sale for them, that my executors shall convey to them or either of them as the case may happen, or sell for their benefit as much land that I hold in Virginia as may in their estimation come as near as possible to the value of one child's part of my estate.
 
Item, it is my wish that my children should continue together on the Farm I now reside, the younger under the care and management of the elder, until they marry or otherwise separate, and that the farm should be conducted as heretofore, and the Rules of Tenants as continue to be rented, be received and applied to their joint use, benefits and support as usual; satisfying such of them as may marry or come of age and chuse (choose) their proportion separate, of the estate hereby jointly bequeathed to them; either by part of the land and personal estate, or by sale by my executors of any of the estate to the amount of such share on a moderate valuation of the same to be made at any time where needful, or the same be required, the said valuation if required and when required to be made by three disinterested persons from a schedule of the whole remaining property, unless those of my children so requiring their proportion should be content with what my executors may offer to them as their proportion aforesaid and as it is my wish in order to retain my children together as long as it may be for their benefit so to continue that such as may require their proportion of the Estate unless that proportion or proportions before one or more of them that would wish to continue on the tract called the Resurvey on Mount Pleasant should be satisfied for the same from the sale of, or a part of the land such contiguous thereto, and provided the same can be done without material prejudice ---
Item, it is my further desire and will that if at any time any of the lands or personal property hereby jointly bequeathed can be disposed of to advantage, the same be disposed of by the executors, and on credit of more to advantage, and the money or bonds arising therefrom, either be applied to the payment of each of my children as may require their proportion, or put to interest in good security for that purpose.  And further in conformity to the general purport of this my will, my desire is that such sale may be first made of other real property, either in this State or the State of Virginia, those of the lands I hold on the hundred of Wills Town in Allegany County, if such sales can be found practical and not too disadvantageous, and if such sales shall be found necessary for the purpose of paying my debts, or satisfying such of my heirs as may separate from those who may chuse (choose) to remain on Mount Pleasant, that they may be made of such property if possible so as to retain the Negroes, or as many of them as possible to cultivate the Farm on Mount Pleasant. 
Item, it is my will and desire that my daughters remain in the dwelling house I now reside in while they remain single, I have the direction of the younger children until they come of age, and as before mentioned have the use of the land contiguous thereto and the rent thereof, as well as the rents of Pond Lick Farm, if not found necessary by my executors to dispose of that farm. ---
Thereby appoint and do constitute my daughter Helen Bruce, and my sons George Bruce, Charles Bruce, and Andrew Bruce my executors of this my last will and testament
and the power and authority by this my last will given unto my said executors shall lie and remain in the survivors or survivor of them. 

Signed and sealed this 10 day of March 1814            /s/ Andw Bruce  {Seal}
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared to be the last will and testament of Andrew Bruce in our presence, who have signed our names as witnesses thereto at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other this 18 day of March 1814.
 
            his mark
/s/ John  X Combes
 
                  her mark
/s/ Margaret  X   Combes
 
/s/ John Workman
 
(Courtesy of Barry Thoerig)
Posted June 7, 2013





BRUCE, Andrew Jr.
 
In the name of God- Amen
 
I, Andrew Bruce of Alleghany County in the State of Maryland being weak and sick of body but of sound mind and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and in order to be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence - do therefore make and ratify this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say.
 
Imprimis- I give and bequeath unto my two brothers George and Norman Bruce Four Thousand dollars each.
 
Item- I give and bequeath unto my brother George and sister Nelly all my portion of the slaves to be equally divided between them.
 
Item- I give and bequeath all the residue of my personal estate to be equally divided between my sister Nancy and all my nephews and my nieces share and share alike.
 
Item it is my desire that my executors hereinafter named be authorized and directed to sell and convey after my death within twelve months the whole of my Real Estate of which I shall die seized  or possessed in such manner and on such terms as shall seem most advisable to them for the interest of all concerned and the money arising from the interest of all concerned and the money arising from such sale or sales to be equally divided between my sister Nancy and all my nephews and all my nieces share and share alike.
 
Lastly - I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my two brothers George Bruce and Norman Bruce to be executors for this my last Will and Testament- annulling all former wills heretofore by me made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.  Intestimony where of I have hereto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight-hundred and thirty-eight.
 
/s/ Andrew Bruce

In testimony whereof we the subscribers did at the request of the Testator in his presence and all in the presence of each other certify that we saw him sign and seal the above instrument and heard him declare and pronounce it to be his last Will and Testament and that we signed the same in his presence and in the presence of each other as witnesses thereto.

/s/ wm.. Ridgely
 
/s/ Lewis S. Howell
 
/s/ Saml. D. Smith
 
(Courtesy of Barry Thoerig)
Posted June 7, 2013




BUCHHOLTZ, William Augustum
 
     I, William A. Buchholtz, of the City of Cumberland, Maryland, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding do make, publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament, that is to say:
     After the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses, I give, devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal, wheresoever situated, unto my son, William H. Buchholtz, in trust, nevertheless, to collect the rents, issues and profits therefrom and apply the same in the first place to the payment of all the taxes thereon and the expenses incident to the management of said property in the manner in which, in the judgement of said Trustee, its productiveness will be best maintained, including a commission on said income of four per centum to said Trustee as full compensation for his services in said estate, and afterwards to pay to my sister, Mary Josephine Koelker the sum of twenty Five Dollars per month during her natural life, and to my daughter, Mary Josephine Buchholtz, One Hundred Dollars per month during the life of my wife, Elizabeth C. Buchholtz, or until she, the said Mary Josephine Buchholtz, shall marry, and the remainder of said income to pay to my wife, Elizabeth C. Buchholtz for and during her natural life, and at her death said trust shall cease, and said property with the increment thereof, except as hereinafter provided, shall vest absolutely in possession of my five children, Mary Josephine Buchholtz, William H. Buchholtz, Lucina K. Lakin, Vincent A. Buchholtz and Paul Joseph Buchholtz, and shall be divided amongst them, share and share alike, the children of any child who shall have died after my decease taking the share which the parent would have taken if living; provided however, that if my sister, Mary Josephine Koelker, should survive my wife, the said Elizabeth C. Buchholtz, the said Trustee shall retain possession and control of so much of my said estate as will enable him to make monthly payments to my said sister above provided for, and said trust as to such portion shall continue until the death of my said sister, when said trust shall cease, and the portion of said estate so retained shall vest in and be divided amongst my five childen above named, share and share alike. And I do authorize my said Trustee or any successor in the trust to make any change in the trust fund which he or they may deem judicious, and to that end to sell and convey any property beonging to said trust either real or personal, and the proceeds therof to re-invest in good and well secured investments which shall go and remain in the same trust.    
In case my said son, William H. Buchholtz should die, resign fail or refuse to act as such Trustee before the termination of said trust, then
and in that event I authorize and direct the legatees under this will, or a majority of them, to nominate some suitable person to assume said
trust, and request the Orphans Court for Allegany County or The Circuit Court for said County to appoint such person so nominated by them as
Trustee of said estate, with the same powers , duties and responsibilities imposed by this will upon the said William H. Buchholtz.

     I constitute and appoint the said William H. Buchholtz to be Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all former wills by me made; and I further direct that said Executor be allowed a commission of two per centum for his services as such.
    Witness my hand and seal this 11th day of July, in the year nineteen hundred and twenty three                                                                                                            
                                                                                       (signed)     William A. Buchholtz
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testator as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request, in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.


Tasler G. Lowndes
Allan B. Spier
Harry A. Manley

~Genie
Posted June 9, 2012










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