Phila. July 21st 1852
In the name of God, Amen, I John S. Reese MD of Baltimore County, State of Maryland being in good health of body and sound in mind considering the uncertainty of all earthly things and especially that of human life, do now make this my last Will and Testament revoking allothers heretofore made by me.
I give and bequeath to my excellant wife Margaret Reese all my property with the exceptions mentioned below and I assign to her also all my rights and claim tothe small farm leased from James M. Lester and wife.
My books are to be divided equally among our sons and daughters, my wife to reserve any she may want for herself.
Our son John J.[?] Reese to have all my manuscript papers except the Masonic and he is also to have the gold framed spectacles.
My Masonic paers I give to myson William S. Reese. I give my Watch to our son Gideon D. Reese.
I have but little earthly treasure to leave my dear wife and children. I pray that the providence of God may aid them in their efforts to provide for themselves and families.
I have reason to hope and believe that I have, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ laid up treasure in Heaven. I do most ardently desire that all our dear children may be more careful to lay up treasure in Heaven than on earth and that they and their parants may ultimately join each other and be an undivided family in Heaven forever.
John S. Reese MD of Balto. County MD
Wm T. Drum
John G wilson
On the 30th day of October 1855 came William C. Mmartin who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God deposethand asith that he has frequenctly seen the Testator John S. Reese write his name and that he is satisfied that the name signed to the aforegoing Will was signed by him. Sworn in Open Court. Test: Jas L. Ridgely, Register of Wills for Baltimore County.