On another fold is the following endorsement:
From the same records at Princess Anne, the will of William Hearne, bearing date of March 28, 1691, and probated November 10, 1691, shows that he evidently died in October, 1691. A verbatim copy of the will and inventory of his personal estate is as follows:
In the name of God Amen. I, William Hearne, of Somerset County in the Province of Maryland, being sick and weak of body but of sound and perfect memory (Blessed be God) and calling to mind the uncertain estate of this life on earth and being desirous to sctt things in order, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
First and principally: I commend my soul to God that gave it assuredly believing that I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sins, and be saved by the precious death and merits of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ, and my body to be buried in such decent order as to my executrix hereafter named shall be thought meet and convenient. And as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God in his mercy, hath been pleased to bestow upon me, my will and meaning is (that after my real and just debts be paid) that the same be disposed of as by this my last will is expressed, and first I do hereby revoke, renounce and make void all former wills by me made and declare and appoint this to be my last will and testament.
Item. --I give and bequeath my whole estate both real and personal to be equally divided between my loving wife Mary Hearne and my son William Hearne to be delivered to my said son when he shall arrive to the age of twenty-one years. And whereas my said wife being now with child, if it should please God that the child or children with which my said wife now goeth with should live,
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