Thankful to Almighty God for all his manifold mercies and benefits hoping he may continue his providential care over all my relations and friends and being of sound mind, memory and understanding and capable of making a valid deed or contract in law, I declare the following to be and ought to be taken as and for my last will and testament.
First, I give and devise to my dear brother, James D. Murray, his heirs and assigns, all my right, title and interest and estate in and to the property commonly called "Aden" including the Bath Lot all of which is situated within or near the limits of the city of Annapolis.
Secondly, I give and devise to my dear sister Charlotte (the wife of Dr. Charles H. Neele) her heirs and assigns all my right, title and interest and estate in and to one undivided fifth part of the Allegany lands left by my dear father the late James Murray. I also give and devise to my said sister Charlotte her heirs and assigns all my right title interest and estate in and to a certain lot in the City of Annapolis on West Street extended originally leased by the late James Murray to William Tell Nicholas, which lease is now owned by the Hon. Wm. H. Tuck.
Thirdly, in consideration of the Estate hereinbefore given and devised to my brother James D. Murray, I hereby charge and require him to pay to my dear sister Kate during her life an annuity of one hundred dollars ($100) payable semiannually in advance in sums of fifty dollars ($50) each commencing with the first day of January succeeding my death.
Fourthly, I wish my dear sister Hannah to understand and believe that it is not because I love her less that I have given her so little in this Will but because as compared with my sisters Charlotte and Kate, I deem her sufficiently funded for. I give and bequeath to my said sister Hannah the wife of Charles Stewart, one hundred dollars ($100) wherewith to purchase whatever she may choose to select as a souvenier of the giver, and to keep the hope that she will give it to dear little Sal after her death. This legacy is to be paid by my brother James within six months after my death.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath my watch and rifle to my nephew, John M. Neele.
Fifthly, all my other personal property consisting of books, furniture, personal apparel, I give and bequeath to my nephew Nevill Steele.
Sixthly, Should I die possessed of or entitled to any money, stocks, private or public securities or real estate acquired after the 14th day of July in the year eighteen hundred and seventy, it is my will and desire that the same may be distributed and divided as if I had died intestate.
Lastly, I nominate and appoint my brother James D. Murray as sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all wills if any by me heretofore made.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this fifth day of August in the year eighteen hundred and seventy.
Signed, sealed published and declared by H.M. Murray the above named testator as and
for his last will and testament in the presence of us at his request in his presence and in the
presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. The words "her heirs and
assigns" between the first and second lines on page two of this will being first interlined.
James C. Welch
Anne Arundel Co.
Oct. 4, 1870
Then came James W. Hunter, Ferdinand Mallau, and James C. Welch, the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Henry M. Murray and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that they did see the testator sign and seal this will 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 respectively subscribed their names as witnesses thereto at the request of the testator and in his presence and all in the presence of each other.
Wm. Bryan, Reg Wills AA County
From Anne Arundel Co. Wills, Folio 194, Book R.I.D. 1, No. 42
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