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|Will of Moses Rawlings (1807; 1809) |
|"In the name of God, Amen. I Moses Rawlings of Hampshire County, State of Virginia ...First I give and beequeathe unto my two little sons Lloyd and Moses Rawlings begotten on the body of Elizabeth McMahan be now pregnant to the child or children with which she is so pregnant and their heirs, the plantation on which I now live including the lands lately purchased by me from Eversole to be equally divided between them or the survivors of them when the youngest arrives at the age of twenty-one years.||"Omnia relinquit servare Republicam" |
| Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Lloyd my negro boy name Henry until the said Henry arrives at age of thirty years, then it is my will that the said Henry be free. I aslo give to my son Lloyd one young horse, my saddle and bridle, one half my books, one half my wearing apparrel and one yoke of oxen and my ox waggon. |
Item. I give and bequeath unto my little son Moses Rawlings, my negro boy named Joseph until the said Joseph arrives at the age of thirty years then it is my will that the said Joseph be free, I also give and bequeath to my son Moses one half my books and my sword and Pistols.
Item. I give and bequeath unto the child or children with which it is believed the aforesaid Elizabeth McMahan is at this time pregnant my negro boy named Daniel until he arives at the age of thirty years when it is my will that the said Daniel be free, and should the said Elizabeth McMahan prove not to be with child the said negro boy Daniel to be hired out in the same manner and for the same purpose as my other negros are herinafter directed to be until he arrives at the afore said age of thirty years there to be free.
Item. I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth McMahan the mother of my two aforesaid sons, two hundred and fifty dollars also my negro girl named Fanny until the said Fanny arrives at the age of twenty eight years, there it is my will that she be free. I also give to the said Elizabeth McMahan one horse, she to make her choice out of my present stock, I also give her my feather bed , bed stead furniture and curtains, two cows and calves, two hundred weight of pork, two ewes and lambs, one sow and pigs, all my poultry, fifty bushes of corn, twenty bushes of wheat, twenty bushes of rye, six silver table spoons, six tea spoons, six knives and six forks, three dishes, six pewter plates, one half my china, one ovel table, six winsor chairs, one case of drawers, one dreping looking glass, one tea kettle, one liquor case with bottles. It is my will and request that the said Elizabeth McMahan be permitted to occupy what is called my room in the house I now live for one, two or three years, or until she can suit herself elsewhere. It is my request that during the time she may have half the garden, sufficient kitchen room for cooking, part of the orchard, stable room and pasturage sufficient for her little stock.
Item. I give and bequeath unto Moses R. Hurst one hundred dollars , one horse, one feather bed, six silver tablespoons and one half my wearing apparel.
Item. I give unto Mrs. Ann Jacques two hundred dollars.
Item. I give and bequeath unto Nancy Rawlings, daughter of Richard Rawlings one hundred dollars. Item. I give and bequeath unto Susan Jacob daughter of G. Jacob one hundred dollars. Further, it is my will and request that the following negroes my be hired out for the time herein mentioned, that is to say, Sam for the term of five years to some good man, at the expiration of said term it is my will that he be free, George to be hired out in Maryland until he arrive at the age of thirty years. There to be free. Young John to be hired out until he arrives at the age of thirty years then to obtain his freedom. it is to be understood that that the aforesaid slaves that are left to serve a certain time must serve that time truely and faithfully otherwise they must be considered slaves for life and sold as such at the discretion of my Executor. The money arising from the hire of said negroes to be applied to the clothing boarding and educating my aforesaid children Lloyd and Moses and the child or children of which the aforesaid Elizabeth McMahan is supposed to be pregnant.
&Also it is my will and desire that my plantation be rented from year to year or as shall seem most advisable to my Executor to some prudent and industrious man who wil take care of the buildings soil and timber until the youngest of my children to whom it is bequeathed shall come of age the money arising therfrom to be applied to their education boarding and clothing as aforesaid, or if my Executor shall think it advisable and meet with an advantageous offer it is my will and desire that he make the sale and give to the purchasor a good and sufficent conveyance of the said plantation, the money arising from such sale to be put out at interest the interest whereof, to be applied in the same manner as herein before directed with respect to the rents of the plantation and the principal to be paid to my aforesaid children Lloyd, Moses and the child or children of which it is supposed the aforesaid Elizabeth McMahan is at this time pregnant or the survivor or survivors of them to whom the said land is bequeathed in equal proprotions as they respectiely arrive at age.
Item.To my faithful slaves John Cooper and Charlotte his wife, I give their freedom. and also I liberate and set free their two [fe]male childrren Nelly and Eliza, also I give and bequeath to John Cooper one good horse and pair of horse geers, one good cow and calf, one sow and pigs, two Ewes and and lambs, one good plough, one pot, one fr0ying pan, one pewter dish, six plates, thirty bushels of corn, ten of wheat ten of rye, ten of oats and one hundred wight of pork or bacon. If my executorshould think John Cooper capable of managing the plantation, I wish him to let John have it for a few years at a moderate rent, as he would take care of my little children whilst they are small and it would be the means of keeping the family togeather.
Item. I give to old Harry his freedom. Lastly all the residue and remainder of my property I request may be sold to the best advantage and the money aplied to the payment of my just debts, funeral expenses, and the several legacies herinbefore given should the property contemplated for this purpose be not sufficient it must be made up out of the rents of the plantation, and should there be any surplus, such surplus to be equally divided between my afroesaid children Lloyd and Moses and the child and children of Elizabeth McMahon, the mother of Lloyd and Moses is supposed to be pregnant.
!Text_Block-> I herby constitute and appoint my worthy and much respected friend Roger Perry of Cumberland my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven
Moses Rawlings Seal
[wit.:] D. Lynne, Joseph Hagler, Jeremiah Monnett
Codicil to the preceeding Will: I do hereby revoke that part of my will which liberated Nelly and Eliza the daughter of John Cooper and Charlotte his wife and instead thereof, do give and bequeath the aforesaid Nelly and Eliza and their issue and the issue of the negro girl called Fanny heretofore given to Elizabeth McMahan to my daughter Ann Rawlings begotten on the body of Elizabeth McMahan until they respectively each shall arrive to the age of thirty years then it is my will and wish that the aforesaid negroes and their issue shall be free.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this [blank] in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred eight. Signed sealed and delivered by the testator as his codicil to the preceding will made on this 15th September 1807 Moses Rawlings Seal [Wit:] Geo. M. Price, G.M. Timberlake, Adam Heider
"At a court held for0 Hampshire County, the 15th day of May 1809
This last will and testament of Moses Rawlings dec' was presented in court by Roger Perry the Executor therein named, proved by the oaths of Joseph Hagler and Jeremiah Monnett two of the witnesses thereto and the codicl subjoined thereto by George M. Price and Adam Heider, two of the witnesses thereto and said sill and codicil are ordered to be recorded and on the motion of said executor who made oath according to law. Certificate is granted him for obtaining, a probate thereof in due form giving security, whereupon he together with Alexander King and Adam Keipkell his Securities entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of ten thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs."
On 7 April, 1829, Moses Rawlings Jr. married Rebecca McCullough. An 1894 obiturary published at the time of her death states: “RAWLINGS 12 Apr 1894 Mrs Rebecca Rawlings died this morning at her home in Rawlings Station. She was born 07 Dec 1807, the eldest child of George McCullough of Frostburg. She married Moses Rawlings and had lived at Rawlings in the old home of the Cresap's which was built in1787.”
Court testimony of William Lynn in 1835, reveals "that Ann Rawlings died at her brother Moses Rawlings house in Allegany county State of Maryland before she attained the age of twenty one years and without being married or having issue and that he was present at her interrinment in the town of Cumberland that Moses Rawlings is now living in Frostburg Allegany County, State of Maryland and with whom he is intimately acquainted, that Ann died some time after her brother Lloyd."
David Gibson testified on Dec. 28, 1835, that "he was well acquainted with Lloyd Rawlings Dec'd late of the county aforesaid and that the said Lloyd Rawlings died in the town of Romney in the county aforesaid about the year 1824 and that the said Lloyd Rawlings was upwards of twenty-one years of age at the time of his death".
John B White of lawful age on this 28th day of December 1835 personally appeared in open court and being first duly sworn deposeth and saith that Lloyd Rawlings the eldest son of the late Col moses Ralwings died in the town of Romney in the year 1824 and was at the time of his death as affiant believing above the age of twenty one years affiant further states that he has been informed and believes tha Nancy Ralwings the daughter of said Col Moses Rawlings died some time ago in the town of Cumberland in Maryland. Affiant further states that he is well acuainted with Moses Rawlings the only surviving child of said Colo Rawlings. (The full file regarding Moses (Jr) Rawlings’ case to obtain lands for his father Colonel Moses Rawlings military service during the Revolutionary War, was transcribed by Charles S. Rawlings.)
Will abstract:Cresap, Michael, Frederick Co. 28 June 1774; 24 Nov. 1775
Tract of land in Maryland , Bettys Blessings, 70 acres and LAND IN VIRGINIA BOUGHT OF ISAAC AND GABRIEL COX IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY to be sold and money used to pay my debts.
To SON JAMES CRESAP, tract in FREDERICK COUNTY, SEVEN SPRINGS when 21 year sof age, wife to get rents during life.
To DAUS: MARY ELIZABETH AND SARAH, remainder of estate to be sold and money equally divided between them.
Wife, MARY CRESAP, EXTRX., AND MICHL. CRESAP, EX.
Codicil: If any LOTS BE SOLD IN TOWN OF SHIPTON money to go toward EDUCATING MY SON JAMES CRESAP. NEGRO WENCH BETT OUTRIGHT OT WIFE MARY CRESAP.
Wit: THOMAS CRESAP; ENOCH JUNIOR; T. WARRING; THOMAS HUMPRES; MOSES RAWLINGS.
MARY CRESAP, WIDOW OF MICHAEL CRESAP DEMANDS 1/3 OF ESTATE.
According to scholars who compiled the UVa Letterpress Edition of the Washington Papers, Moses Rawlings was born in 1745: “Rawlings, Moses (1745-1809)”: Presidential Series, Index, Vol. 8 (reference to Moses Rawlings on page 16).