Will of James Maddox
Charles Co., MD
Proven Nov. 26, 1798
(Taken from an abstract using standard wording of Charles Co., MD at the time)
In the name of God,
JAMES MADDOCKE of Charles County in the Province of Maryland, Planter, being sick in body, but sound in memory and judgement, and considering the precariousness of all human affairs and the uncertainty of the time of my death; do make my last will and testament in manner following VIZ.~
Impr.: When it shall please God to call my soul to himself, to be put in possession of that happiness which I look for and respect thro' the merits of Jesus Christ my Savior; my will and desire is that my body be interred with a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors hereafter named.†
Item. †I give to my two children of my last marriage, John & Mary Maddocke eight slaves with remainder of their motherís estate now in possession of their grandma Priscilla Waters to be equal div between them.
Item.† I give to my son John Maddocke choice of horses w/saddle.
Item.† I give to my dau Elizabeth Maddocke one shilling.
Item.† I give to my dau Charity Cooksey one shilling
Item.† I give to my five children James, Ignatius, Nathan, Ann and Sarah remainder of my estate.†
Item.† My son Nathan Maddocke to have use of my son John Maddocke property until he ars age 21.† My son Nathan Maddocke will give him genteel maintenance and two yrs schooling.
Item.† I appoint my two sons Nathan & John Maddocke joint excrs of my estate.
In confirmation and Testimony of this my Will
and Testament and every part and paragraph of it I have set my seal to it,
signed and acknowledged it, in presence of the Jas Thomas, Elkanah Davis,
Tresa Thomas. And earnestly recommend it to all parties concerned to rest
satisfied with what providence they enabled me to do for them.† Nor would I have any exceptions ----- at
what few words of interlineation there may be in the premises since the sense
is according to my intention.
Charles Co., MD, Wills Book/Liber AK-11, page/folio 468-470