Will of Elizabeth Cave Oden

This is a transcription of the will of Elizabeth Cave Oden of Charles County, MD. She was the widow of Francis Oden Sr and the daughter of Elizabeth and John Cave. Her will was signed April, 24, 1749. A few changes in spelling and capitalization have been made, and punctuation has been added to facilitate reading, but the grammar and syntax of the document are original.

Charles County, MD

I Elizabeth Oden of Charles County Widow being sick and Weak of Body but of Perfect Sense and Memory do make this my Last Will and Testament Committing my Soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it was taken----

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Son David Oden and to my son Pembrook Oden all my Real and Personal Estate after that my Debts is all Paid, the Plantation slaves to David Oden my son and that David Oden pay unto my son Pembroke three thousand Pounds of tobacco being half the price of ye negros and then my son David to keep the said negros----

Item. I give unto my son Lewis Oden one young steer and two pewter plates----

Item. I give unto my son Thomas Oden one young steer and two pewter plates----

As Witness my Hand this day and year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred forty Nine April the twenty fourth----

Item. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Smith one great basin.

Elizabeth (her O mark) Oden {seal}

Teste----Signed Sealed in ye Presence of us----
Thomas Farrand
Harnon (his H mark) Churchyard

On the Back of the foregoing will was thus Written Viz.

Charles County sst:

On the 3d day April 1749 came Thomas Farrand and Harman Churchyard Subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing will who being duly and Solemmly Sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God do depose and say that they saw the Testator Elizabeth Oden Sign and Seale her then Will and heard her Publish and declare the same to be her last Will and Testament and that at the Time of her so doing she was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind and memory and that they subscribed their names as Witnesses thereto In the Presence of the Testator and at her Request Which Probat was taken in the Presence of David Oden Heir at Law who did not Object thereto---3½ sides---- Sworn before Walker Hanson D Comy:

Note: This was transcribed from a microfilm copy of the recorded document. There is a discrepancy in the dates. The will says it was signed on 24 April 1749, and at the bottom, it says the will was proved "the 3d day April 1749."

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