Will of Thomas Cave Sr

This is a transcription of the will of Thomas Cave Sr of Prince George's County, MD. 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.

Prince George's County Will Book T 1 page 247

Maryland   In the name of God, Amen. I Thomas Cave of Prince George's County and state aforesaid being weak of body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same, and calling to mind the brevity and uncertainty of this life, do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz, Inprimis I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane one Negro girl named Mary and one feather bed and furniture and one cow and calf to her and her heirs. Item I give and bequeath to loving wife Jane all the remaining part of my estate with all my goods and chattels, not herein before mentioned, to be by her peaceably and quietly enjoyed for and during her life or widowhood and after her decease or marriage to be equally divided among all my children and of this my last will and testament I do constitute and appoint my wife Jane and my son Thomas joint executors hereby revoking and annulling all wills and testaments by me heretofore made and acknowledging this one and none other to be my last will and testament, in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-eighth day of December and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six. Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence
G. Adams                                   Thomas (his mark) Cave
Peter Wood
John Adams (his mark) Rawlings

On back of which will was this written
Prince George's County to wit April 10th 1787 came Peter Wood and John Adams Rawlings, two of the subscribing witnesses to the within last will and testament of Thomas Cave late of said county deceased and severally made oaths on the Holy Gospels of Almighty God that they did see the testator Thomas Cave sign and seal this will and 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 and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that they together with George Adams, the third witness, 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 and certified by Samuel Tyler, Registrar Wills

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