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Aaron Hardy will, 10 May 1809

Here is a transcription of the Will of Aaron Hardy of Granville dated 10 May 1809 proved 12 April 1810:
In the Name of God Amen this Tenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine~ I Aaron Hardy of Granville in the County of Anapolis youman being of perfect mind & memory thanks be given to god calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to Die Do make and ordain this my Last will and testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hand of God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a Decent maner at the Discretion of my Executors Nothing Dougtin but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the migty Power of God And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has (----) God to bless me in this Life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form~
& First I give and bequeath to my sone Silas Hardy Seven acres of marsh Land with all up Lands below the R(oad?) (----) from the (----) the gut so-called by (----) Paying to my daughterMarcy Wetherspoon twenty five shillings yearly During her Life except she shall becom a widow in that case She to receve from my sone Silas tweny Pounds in two years after my Deth but if She Shall becom a widow after my Deth then the same to be Paid her one half in one year the other half in two years otherwise the said sum to her heairs in the same maner and I direct that my son Silas Pay the expense of my funeail also I give and bequeath to my son Aaron Hardy four acres of marsh Land
I also give and bequeath to my Daughters Martha Stirk three acres of marsh Land the Remainder of my marsh Lands to be equly divided between five of my Daughters namely Lydia Heaton Hepzeibeth Hardy Anne Rice Levina Hood & Sarah Hardy
All the above Legeses unto them and thair Heairs
I further give and bequeath to my son Silas Hardy all my Lands North of the Road together with my buldings and farming utencils to him and his Heairs on Condtion of Paying the following sums that is to say to my Son Aaron Hardy thirty Pound currency and to myDaughters Lydia Martha Hephzebeth Anne Levina and Sarah fourteen Pounds each the above Sums to be Paid one half in two year the other half in three years after my Deth with Intrest from one year after my Deth
I also give to my Daughters the whole of my house hold furniture to be equly Devided among them
I also give to my Daughter Polly Hardy one fether bed beside her Part of my other household furniture Excwp she shall have Receved it before my Deth
I also do Reserve to my son Silas the (----) Right to Purches from my other Heairs at any time within three years after my Deth thair Part of the marsh Land paying the Price S’d Marsh sall be valued at that time and I do hereby appoint my son Silas Executer of this my Laste will and testament
And I do hereby revoke and Disanul every testament will or will heretofore by me made or Declared and this to be my Last will and testament and no other in witnes wairof I have hearunto set my hand and seal the Day and year befor mentten

Aaron Hardy

Signed Sealed and Declared by the Said Aaron Hardy as his Laste will & testament in Presence of us

James Hall    Mary Hall    Ann Hall