In the name of God Amen:
I, William Offutt of Prince George's County in the Providence of Maryland,
being of sound mind and memory, and bearing in mind the certainty
of death and the uncertainly of human life do make this
my last will and
testament in the manner following, that is to say:
IMPRIMIS: I give and bequeath to my loving wife,
Mary Offutt, my now
dwelling plantation with several tracts of land thereunto belonging viz.:
and Gleanings Addition to hold during her life and
after her decease I give and bequeath the same to my son Nathaniel Offutt
his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son Edward Offutt all the tract of land
called "Outlett" beginning
at a white oak on a small branch that runneth
into the branch called Pyney Branch, the said branch falling into the
against an island formerly laid out for Walter Evans containing six
hundred acres to hold for my said son and his heirs
ITEM: I give to my son Edward the youngest negro I shall be possessed of at
the time of my decease.
Whereas I have already sufficiently provided for my sons William &
James Offutt ("William and James" land tract given
to James in 1725) and for my daughters, Sarah the wife of Thomas Harris and Mary
the wife of Thomas Bowie, junior, I do
therefore only leave them in
remembrance of me as followeth viz., to my sons William and James I give
and bequeath the
sum of five pounds sterling each and to each of my
daughters I give and bequeath a gold ring of the price of twenty shillings.
I give and bequeath to my son John Offutt five hundred acres of land
to begin at the beginning tree of a tract of land
called Calverton Edge, to
run the first course thereof so as to contain the said number of acres with
the breath of
another tract called Addition and of the said Calverton Edge;
to hold to the said John Offutt and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my said sons John and Nathaniel and to their
heirs and assigns forever a lot of land with all improvements
the town of Upper Marlborough.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel Offutt the remaining parts
the aforesaid tracts of land called Calverton Edge and Addition to hold to
the said Nathaniel Offutt and his heirs
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Offutt all that tract of land
called Offutts Pasture lying on
the east side of my son Edward's dwelling
plantation to hold to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give an bequeath
to my youngest son Thomas Offutt all the parcel of
land called the "Younger Brother" lying above the upper Falls of the
on the north side of a branch called Piney otherwise Watts Branch,
beginning at a bounded hickory standing on the west
side of a small branch
that bears near North West and South East falls into the aforesaid Piney
Branch, to hold to him
and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Offutt that tract of land
beginning at a bounded
black oak standing on the head of a small branch of
the South West Branch of the Western Patuxent River in Prince George's
I further give and bequeath to my said daughter the sum of eighty
pounds sterling money to be paid to her on the day of
her marriage or at
her attaining the age of twenty-one which shall first happen.
ITEM: My will is that if any or
either of my said children - Samuel,
Nathaniel, Thomas and Jane shall happen to decease without issue of their
or bodies lawfully begotten then my will is that the land or estate
hereinbefore or hereinafter severally willed or bequeathed
to him or her
shall be held and enjoyed by the survivor or survivors of them.
ITEM: All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate both real and personal - whether in England, Maryland or elsewhere
I give and bequeath the same, after my wife shall have deducted and received her third part of the same to my sons Samuel,
Nathaniel, Thomas and to my daughter Jane.