the name of God, Amen. I, Peter Wechsone of Washington
County and the Province of Maryland, yeoman being very
sick and weak in heart of body but of sound mind and memory..be
given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body
do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, in
manner following. I recommend my soul unto the hands of
Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the
Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial..at the
Discretion of my Executors. And touching his Worldly Estate
where it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give,
devise and dispose of the issue in the following manner.
First, I give and bequeath to David, my dearly beloved
son, the sum of eleven pounds lawful money of the State
of Maryland to be issued and received out of my Estate.
Also, I give unto Eve, my son John's wife, the sum of
seven pounds lawful money, aforesaid to be levied and
raised out of my estate, and also I give unto She the
Big Iron Pot and one Pewter Basin for her trouble. Also
I allow my Lord and Honorable Estate to be...and Divided
Equally among all my children that is now alife. Also
I allow my first born son, Michael issued the seal...which
I devise, constitute make and ordain the sole executor
of this my last will and testament. And I hereby utterly
disallow and revoke all former Testaments, wills, legacies
and executors satisfying and confirming this and no other
to be my last will and testament. In Witness whereof I
have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day
of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven
hundred and seventy-eight.
Sealed, Published...and declared by the said Peter Wechsone
as his last will and testament in the presence of us all.
by Jacob Bakely, David Kerner.
the back of the original will of the said Peter Wechsone
are the following endorsements: -Washington County...29th
Dec. 1778, there came Michael Whetstone and Michael Ruff
Executors of the last will and testament of Peter Whetstone,
Deceased and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty
God that this instrument of writing is a true and will
of said deceased that have come to their hands and possession
and they do not know of any others. -Certified by Thomas
County...29th of December 1778, there came Jacob Bakley
and David Kerner the two subscribing Witnesses to the
within last will and testament of Peter Wechsone, late
of said county deceased and formally made oath on the
Holy Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the Testator
herein named sign....this Will that they...publish...and
declare the...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 they respectively subscribed their...to this will
in the presence and at the request of the Testator and
in the presence of each other.
is the last Will and Testament of Peter Whetstine-
known as Peter Wetzstein/Peter Whetstone.