In the name of God Amen I John Griffith of Baltimore Town and State of Maryland being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory Do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following First It is my will and desire that my Body shall be decently buried the management of which I Commit to my Executors herein after named. Item It is my will and desire that all my just Debts shall be paid.
Item I give and bequeath to my brother William Griffith of the County of Chester in the State of Pensylvania the full sum of Sixty Pounds Current Money
Item I give and bequeath to my Sister Elizabeth Griffith the full sum of sixty Pounds Current Money of Maryland and after the payment of the said sixty Pounds to my Brother William aforesaid, and the other Sum of Sixty Pounds to my Sister Elizabeth aforesaid
It is my will and desire that all the rest and residue of my Estate be it what kind nature ???? after the payment of the aforesaid sums shall be Equally divided among all my Brothers and sisters herein after named to witt William Griffith Benjamin Griffith and Miles Griffith, Sarah Griffith Rachel Powell and Elizabeth Griffith William Griffith and Rachel Powell are of Chester County in the State of Pennsylvania: Benjamin Griffith and Miles Griffith, Sarah Griffith and Elizabeth Griffith are of the Town of Philadelphia and State aforesaid.
Lastly I do constitute and appoint my friends William Williams and John Thomas of Baltimore Town (?) merchants Executors of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and ninety four
Signed Sealed and Acknowledged by the said John Griffith for and as his last Will and
Testament in the presence of us: who at his Request, subscribed our names as Witnesses to the same The words “Rachel being excised and Elizabeth inserted before Execution twice Also the word Powell in the place of Grifith Twice also the Word County in the place of Town.
Baltimore County to wit
on the 26th day of September 1794 Came John Morton John Davis and Wm McMechen subscribing Witnesses to the aforegoing last will and Testament of John Griffith late of said County deceased and made oath on the holy Evangels 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 that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound disposing mind memory and understanding, and that they 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 Register of Wills for Bal. Coty.
[Transcribed by Robert Carr from microfilm print of Baltimore county will book 5, pp. 188, 189 and 190]
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