In the name of God Amen. I, Basil Waring, Junior of Prince Georges County, being sick of body but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. Viz. Imprimus my will is that all my just debts be paid by my Executrixes as hereafter named.
Item. My will is that my said loving wife have one-third part of my land during her life.
Item. My will is that all my lands be equally divided between my two sons James Waring and Thomas Waring to them and their airs (sic) forever having regard to the goodness of said land agreeable to the direction of my couzon (sic) Basil Waring and my nephew Basil Waring which I beg the favour of them to see divided and settled between them to the best of their judgment.
Item. My will is that one hundred acres of that part of the land said of for my son Thomas Waring be for all my daughters to settle and work their hands during their life until they should marry and then to return to my said son Thomas Waring.
Item. My will is that my Negroes after my wife's third be taken out be equally divided between my four daughters Elizabeth Waring, Eleanor Waring, Easter Waring and Martha Waring.
Item. I give to my son James Waring two cows and three ewes, five hogs.
Item. I bequeath to my son Thomas Waring two cows and three ewes, five hogs. The rest of my cattle, sheap (sic) and hogs after my wife's third is taken out be equally divided between my four daughters before named.
Item. My will is that after my dear and loving wife takes her third part of the horses and household furniture the remainder to be equally divided between my four daughters before named.
And lastly I do hereby appoint and constitute my dear and loving wife whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament hoping she will see all things herein contained settled. In testamony hereof I have set my hand and seal this 26th day of March One thousand seven hundred and seventy-six.
Signed, sealed and published in the presence of (though words to them
and their heirs forever interlined between the tenth and eleven being
And on the back of the aforegoing will was thus written viz.
Prince Georges County, May 16, 1776
Then Richard Simmonds, Nehemiah Norton, and Robert Simmonds made oath on the holy evangels of Almighty God that they did see Basil Waring Jr. the testator in the within will named sign and seal the same and that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and 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 did sign their names as witnesses to said will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.
Citation note: Maryland State Archives (MSA), Wills Prince Georges County, SR 4435, Liber 41, Folio 165
Submitted by Cynthia Waring Shockley