Last Will and Testament of Ninian Beall
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Ninian Beall, of Prince George's County, in the Province of Maryland, being indisposed in Body, but of sound and perfect memory, God be praised for the same, and considering the mortality of human nature and uncertainty of life, doe make, ordain, constitute,and appoint this to be my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following. Vist. Impris. I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God in hopes of free pardon for all my sins and as for my body to be committed to the Earth from whence it came, to be decently burried at the discretion of my trustees hereafter mentioned.
Item. I will and bequeath that all my debts and funeral charges be first paid and satisfied and as for what portion of my worldly goods as shall be then remaining, I bequeath and bestow in the manner following.
Item. I doe give and bequeath unto my son George , my plantation and Tract of Land called the Rock of Dumbarton, lying and being at Rock Creek and containing four hundred and eighty acres, with all the stock thereon, both cattle and Hoggs, them and their increase unto my son George and unto his heirs forever.
Item. I doe give and bequeath unto my said George Beall his choice of one of my feather beds, bolster and pillow and other furniture thereunto belonging, with two cows and calves and half my sheep from off this plantation I now live on unto him and his heirs forever.
Item. I doe give and bequeath unto my son in law Andrew Hambleton my negro woman Alie unto him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Mary Beall the daughter of my son Ninian Beall, deceased, the one half part of all my moveables or personal estate cattle and Hogs, Horses Household good after my Legacyes before bequeathed are paid and satisfied, unto her the said Mary and to their heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Grandson Samuel Beall all the remainder part of Bacon Hall together with the Plantation and Orchyard and tobacco houses hereunto belonging (with this proviso) that when he comes to the age of one and twenty that he make over by a firm conveyance all his right and title that he hath unto a certain Tract of Land called Sames (or Sam's) beginning on the South side of the road goeing to Mount Calvert unto the said Mary and unto her heirs forever, but if my said Grandson should happen to dye before he arrive to be of that age to make over the land soe as aforesaid then, I doe give and bequeath unto my said Granddaughter Mary, the whole Tract of Bacon Hall with the houses and Orchyard thereon unto her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandson Samuel Beall my Water Mill lying on Collington Branch with the houses. Iron work houses and all other matterealls thereunto belonging unto the said Samuel and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law, Joseph Belt, part of tract of Land called Good Luck, containing two hundred forty five acres, he allowing unto my heirs the sum of four thousand pounds of tobacco according to our former agreement, he deducting what I doe owe him on his books for several wares and merchandizes to the said Joseph and unto his heirs forever.
Item. Whereas I owe several debts, I doe empower my trustees hereafter named to enable them to pay the same to sell a certain Tract of Land called Recovery lying and in the freshes of Patuxent River near the head of the Western Branch to be sold, it containing four hundred acres, the aforesaid tract of land bequeathed unto my son Belt is adjoining thereunto.
Item. I doe give and bequeath unto my son Charles Beall a Book of Bishop Coopers work the Acts of the Church and the Chronicles of King Charles the first and King Charles the second, and I doe request and oblige my son Charles Beall and my son George to send for a dozen of books entitled an advice to young and old middle age set forth by one and Godsons.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Charles a thousand acres of land called Dunn Back lying on the South side of great Chaptank in a creek called Wattses creek, unto him and his heirs forever, and lastly I do make, ordain, declare and appoint my grandson Samuel Beall to be my sole and whole executor of this my last will and test i ment and I doe devise my loving son Charles Beall, Joseph Belt and George Beall to do and perform my devise as above exprest and to set and doe for my executors until he arrive to the age of one and twenty, hereby revoking and annulling all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and signed, and doe devise my said sons to use their best care and endeavor that my two Grand children, the children of my beloved son Ninian Beall deceased to be brought up and have that education suitable to their estate, I doe also appoint my said sons Trustees to this my last will to make their appearance every Easter Tuesday or any other time as they shall think a more fitting time at my dwelling plantation yearly to inspect into all affairs there of, and of a yearly increase of all the creatures upon my plantation and at the mill for and on behalf of my two Grandchildren who are to be joint sharers therein, my Granddaughter to have her part at the day of her marriage.
In testimony whereof I have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventeen.
Ninian Beall (Seal)