Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Nathaniel Freeman

Male 1733 - 1807  (74 years)


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  • Name Nathaniel Freeman 
    Born 1733  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Aug 1807  Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I003133  Tree1
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 

    Father James Freeman,   b. Bef 1704, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1751, Prince Wiliam County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 47 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Shaw,   b. Abt 1708, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1751, Prince Wiliam County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married Abt 1724  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F02425  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Douglass,   b. Abt 1740, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1789, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married 1760  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Freeman,   b. Bef 1773, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1807, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 36 years)
     2. Katherine Freeman,   b. Abt 1778, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1808, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years)
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F02424  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book AL-12, 1801-1808, {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Pages 446-457. {Full Abstract}
      Nathaniel Freeman, Will, July 24, 1806; August 20, 1807
      In the name of God, Amen. I Nathaniel Freeman of Charles County and the state of Maryland being in as good health of body as I am expect at this my advanced age of perfect mind and memory and of disposing judgment considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the times thereof do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former Wills and Testaments at any time heretofore made by me, and so I make it in manner and form following, that is to say.
      I give and devise to my friends William Vincent, James Elgin Marshall, Luke Francis Mathews, Joseph Shirbine {Sheirburne}, William Shirbine {Sheirburne}, Obadiah Scroggan, Godshall Douglass and Francis Sewall my trustees or to such of them as shall accept of and undertake the trust hereafter mentioned and declare and to their heirs in fee simple as joint tenants and not as tennants in common all my lands and tennements, goods and chattels, rights and credits and all my estate real and personal and mixed of what nature or kind soever it may be upon trust and confidence nevertheless as my trustees for the uses interests and purposes in this my last will and testament hereafter meant mentioned and declared and for no other use, intent or purpose whatsoever that is to say.
      First it is my will and desire that my said trustees or the major part who may accept and service permit my son James Freeman for and during his nature life and Eleanor Freeman his wife if she should survive him for and during her widowhood and until her second marriage or death which ever first happens, to have the use occupation and enjoyment of all my lands and real estate for an habitation and support for themselves and family. Buy the said real estate is not in any manner to be affected be liable for or subjected to any debt or debts that my son James Freeman or my said daughter-in-law Eleanor Freeman have contracted or may contract without the approbation of my said trustees, or the majority of the survivors.
      Secondly. I will and desire at the death of my said son James and at the death or marriage of my said daughter {in law} Eleanor Freeman, If she survives the said James, all my lands and real estate shall be for the use and behoof of my grandson, John Douglass Freeman son of aforesaid James and Eleanor until he arrives at the age of twenty one years if he shall so long live and if the said John Douglass Freeman should die under the aforesaid leaving no law full issues and the said estates in the real estate aforesaid of the said James and Eleanor being said as before mentioned, then and in that case, it is my will and desire and hereby direct that my trustees aforesaid or the majority of them or the majority of the survivors of them, Shall sell at public or private sale as they think best and convey in fee simple all my said real estate and I here by empower them so to do and the money arrived from the said sale shall be equally divided between all my present and future grand children and if any of them be dead leaving lawful issues such issues shall have the proportions or share of the parent, as if he or she were alive, but in case the said John Douglass Freeman shall attain the age of twenty one years and the estate of his father and mother in said lands are ended as mentioned before then and in that case the real estate aforesaid shall be the property and estate of the said John Douglass Freeman and his heirs in fee simple, and if he dies before he attains the age of twenty one years the estate in the said land of James and Eleanor being ended leaving lawful issues then and in that case such issues shall take in the land aforesaid and estate to them and their heirs in fee simple, and if more than one child as tenants in common and not joint tenants
      Thirdly, it is am will and desire that my trustees aforesaid or the majority of them or the majority of the survivors permit my son James for the support of him and family for and during his natural life to have the labors, use and profit of the following negro slaves, to wit, Guy, Rachell, Bill, Beth, Milly, Spencer and Roswell, but said negroes nor their increase, nor profit arising shall not be liable to or affected by nor answerable for any debts that the said James has contracted or may contract without the approbation of my said trustees or the majority of them, or the majority of the survivors and it is my will and intention that the said James shall not have any greater right or advantage in or by the increase or children, which the said negroes may have than, that which he has to these particularly mentioned, but at the death of the said James all the before mentioned negroes and their increases shall be equally divided among all the children of his present or any future marriages he may contract, and if any of the said children should be dead leaving lawfull issues, such issues shall receive the share of the parents as if such parent was in life.
      Fourthly, I will and direct that my trustees aforesaid or the majority of them or the majority of the survivors permit my said daughter-in-law Eleanor Freeman for and during her natural life to have the labor use and profit of the following negro slaves, to wit, Linda, oldest Sam, Jane, and her young child John George, Sarah and young Tom, and I hereby empower the said Eleanor to dispose of said negroes and increase by deed of gift or by will during her present co venture and I will and direct that my said trustees do confirm the same by conveyances from themselves for said negroes and increases and if my said daughter-in-law Eleanor Freeman shall survive her present husband, then and in that case I will and direct that my said trustees or the majority of them or the majority of their survivors shall immediately at her request or without her request convey and make over to her the said Eleanor Freeman her heirs and issues all the above named negroes and their increases in the most ample and full manner, that she may have full power and right to dispose of same as she pleases and shall think fit.
      Fifthly, It is my will and desire that that my grand daughter Mary Freeman receive as her right and property one mulatto boy named Kendly, one negro boy Charles a son of Cate and Elizabeth, formerly made over to her by deed of gift, and one good feather bed and furniture from my estate when she arrives at the age of sixteen years or day of her marriage, which ever may first happen.
      Sixthly, It is my will and desire that my granddaughter Eleanor Francis Freeman receive from my estate as her right and property the following negro slaves to wit, Lucy and her increases, Luck and her increases Baptist and Sam younger, one good feather bed and furniture when she shall arrive at the age of sixteen years or the day of her marriage which ever shall first happen.
      Seventhly, It is my will and desire that my grandson John Douglass Freeman shall receive from my estate as his right and property the following negro slaves, to wit, Chlor and her increases, Harry and Phill, one good feather bed and furniture when he arrives at the age of twenty one years or day of his marriage which ever may first happen.
      Eighthly, It is my will and desire that my trustees aforesaid or the majority of them or the majority of the survivors shall permit Obadiah Scroggan to have the use and service, one negro boy called Luke to wait on him, or to hire out for his support for and during the natural life of the said Obadiah, but the said negro boy is not to be affected by or subject to any debt which Obadiah hath contracted or may contract without the approbation of my said trustees or the majority of them or the majority of the survivors, And if said Obadiah shall attempts to sell the said negro to make him liable to his debts then this bequest and all the benefit thereby intended shall be void and of no effect and my trustees aforesaid or the majority of them or the Marjory of the survivors shall take the said negro boy Luke into their possession and upon the taking aforesaid or the death of Obadiah the said negro boy is to be sold by my said trustees or the majority of them and the money arising thereby is to be equally divided among all my present or future grand children and if any of them shall be dead, leaving lawfull issues such issues shall have the share that the parents if in life would been entitled to.
      Ninthly, It is my will and desire that my trustees aforesaid or the majority of them or the majority of the survivors confirm by bill of sale or otherwise a gift which I made to my granddaughter Anne Douglass Marshall on her day of marriage of one mulatto girl called Amey and her future increases and which said girl I delivered to my said grand daughter.
      Tenthly, I will and direct that out of my other negro slaves not mentioned and bequeathed in the former part of this my will shall be paid all my just debts and I hereby will and direct my trustees or the majority of them or the majority of the survivors to make sale of so many of said negro slaves as will be sufficient to pay all my just debts and I hereby empower them to do so either at public or private sale as they shall think best and in making such sale as aforesaid, I will and direct that no child under four years of age shall be sold, separate or a part from it mother and the remainder of my negroes hereby so wit. A part for the payment of my debts after said debts are paid, shall by permission of my Said trustees or the majority or the majority of the survivors be kept and worked for the benefit of my son James and his wife Eleanor and their family until my grand daughter Mary Freeman shall arrive at the age of sixteen years when the said negroes and all their increases shall be equally divided among all my grand children who may then diest and the child or children of a grand child shall have the par ants share as if the said parent was in life, but if it should happen that the labor of the above mentioned slaves with the provisions hereby made for the support of my son James , his wife Eleanor and their family should prove insufficient to maintain and support them decently and property as a majority of my said trustees or a majority of the survivors shall think they ought to be then and in such case my will and desire is that a majority of my said trustees or a majority of the survivors shall from time to time sell as many of the said slaves or their increases as may be sufficient for the purpose aforesaid.
      Eleventh, I will and direct that out of the other part of my personal estate as horses, hoggs, cows and other things, Thomas Brown son of Francis Brown shall receive if he arrives at the age of twenty one years, Horse, saddle and Bridle the whole to be worth forty dollars for and in consideration and as an acknowledgement favors which I think I received from a certain Thomas Stonestreet his reputed father in his life time.
      Twelfthly, I leave and bequeath to my son James and his wife Eleanor each one good father bed and furniture.
      Thirteenthly, I will and direct that Richard Land Douglass son of Benjamin Douglass receive from my estate my young bay horse 'dabster' three years old my saddle and bridle, one cow and calf or yearling, one good bed and furniture, in lieu of a small balance due by me from the sale of his father personal property.
      Fourteenthly, It is my will desire that all my property of what kind so ever in which I mean is to include, my house furniture and stock of cattle, horses, hoggs, sheep and poultry not herein before particularly appropriated and bequeathed be and remain for the use and support of my son James and Eleanor his wife during their lives. But if the said James and Eleanor or either of them should during their covertures or unmarried state desire and request a division of said property then and in that case, I will and direct my said trustees so divide said above mentioned property into two equal parts for which James and Eleanor may draw lotts, and the lott which James may draw that he enjoy the same use and benefits of it as I direct, he is to have the negroes mentioned in the third clause of his my will and no more, and I will and direct that to and over the lott Eleanor shall draw she shall have the same power and rights as I have directed to be given her to certain negroes mentioned in the fourth clause of this my will, and at the death of my said son James, I will and direct that the lott of my personal property aforesaid which he shall draw with the increase or remainder of it shall be equally divided among my grand children and the child or children of any of my grand children who may be dead shall receive the part the parent would have received if he or she had been in life.
      Fifteenthly, It is my will and desire that my said Executers apply all the money which may be due to me, and in time collected and all the crop of tobacco and wheat that may be in the house at my draft toward the payment of my debts except such part thereof as my trustee aforesaid as aforesaid may deem necessary for the support and maintenance of my son James and his family and that they will permit such a part as they shall judge necessary to be made use of for that purpose.
      Sixteenthly, It is my will and desire that if John Douglas Freeman, Eleanor Frances Freeman, Mary Freeman or either of them should die without leaving child or children before the times or ages when they are severally to receive their estates the said property and increase thereof is to be equally divided among all my grand children as is directed
      In the case of the negroes mentioned for the use of James Freeman in the third article of this my will and in the meantime to be used and kept by him as therein mentioned.
      Seventeenthly, I hereby give full and complete power and authority to my trustees or such part of them who may accept of said trust and to the majority of them and to the majority of the survivors of them, to carry into full and complete effect this my last will and testament and in doing this they shall be considered the legal proprietors of my estate for the purpose of making all such Deeds, writings, bills of sale, acquaintances, deliveries, resumptions, conveyances and grants according to the purpose true intention and meaning of this will as I could do myself and as if all such deeds, writing, bill of sales, acquaintances, deliveries resumptions, convinces and grants had been particularly mentioned set down and declared and in particular I direct my said trustees shall execute Bills of Sales to the purchasers of the negroes that may be sold by my executors for the payment of my debts and funeral expenses as directed by me in the tenth clause of this my will.
      Eighteenthly, It is my will and desire that all my negroes be appraised and all my other personal property and after appraisement or inventory is returned to the orphans.
      Court for record, neither my executors nor trustees shall be called upon for a settlement of any kind by said court until they have fully completed their trust agreeable to this my will unless a lawfull and well grounded complaint for malconduct be preferred against them which I never expect will the case well knowing and having confidence that my trustees and executors will do every thing for the benefit and advantage of my representatives they shall not therefore be amendable or liable to be called on by them my said representatives to account for their intromissions in my said estate, or for any other purpose except for the payment and delivery of the several legacies by me, here given when the same may become due and payable
      Lastly I constitute and appoint my friends James Elgin Marshall and William Vincent Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have subscribed the last seven former pages and this page I also subscribe and to it affix my seal this twenty fourth day of July in the year of our lord Christ one thousand eight hundred and six.
      Signed, Sealed, and published and
      Declared By Nathaniel Freeman Nathaniel Freeman
      Seal
      the above and before named
      testator as and for his last
      will and testament in the
      presence of us at his request
      and in his presence and in
      The presence of each other do subscribe
      Our names as witnesses thereto.
      Rob. Fergusson
      Benjamin Freeman
      Oliver Haislep

      On the back of the aforegoing will it is thus written
      Charles County Sct August 20th 1807. Then came James Elgin Marshall and William Vincent the appointed Executors to the aforegoing last will and testament of Nathaniel Freeman late of Charles County deceased and made oath on the Holy Evangel of almighty God that the aforegoing Instrument of writing is the true and whole last will and testament of said deceased that hath come to their hands or procession and they do not know of any other.
      Test. Humphrey Barnes Regr of Wills
      Charles County sct. August 20 1807. Then Robert Fergusson Benjamin Freeman and Oliver Haislope The three subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will & testament of Nathaniel Freeman late of Charles County deceased and made oath on the Holy Evangel of almighty God that they did see the testator the reiu named sign and seal this will and that they heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament that the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehend: signs, sounds and disposing mind, memory and understanding and that they respectively subscribed their names to this will in the presents and the request of the testator and in present of each other.
      Test. Humphrey Barnes Regr of Wills
      31-/8 side

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      Prince William County, Virginia
      James Freeman The Elder Will 1750/1

      In the name of God amen. I James Freeman being very sick and weak but in perfect since and Memory do make this
      my last will and testament.

      Item I give and bequeath my soul to God and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner.
      Item I give and bequeath to my son James Freeman one Negro boy Sam After the death of his mother or after her
      marriage again To him and his heirs forever
      Item I give and bequeath to my son James Freeman one bed and rug and a pair of blankets and one pot and one dish
      and six plates to him and his heirs forever.
      Item I give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel Freeman one Negro boy Pulley After the death of his mother or after her marriage again to him and his heirs forever.
      Item I give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel Freeman Five pounds cash to by him a rifle.
      Item I give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel Freeman one mare & colt and one bed & furniture to him and his heirs
      forever.
      Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Stonestreet one ______ to buy her a ring and no more.
      Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Freeman one bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
      Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Freeman one dish and 6 plates and one pot to her and her heirs forever.
      My will and desire is that my beloved wife Elizabeth Freeman and my son James Freeman and shall be whole and sole
      executors as I have here unto set my hand and seal the 21st day of February 1750/1

      James X Freeman

      Test
      Joseph Taylor
      Thomas Fletcher
      John _ Fletcher

      As a court held for the county of Prince William
      22nd April 1751
      This will was presented by Elizabeth Freeman widow executrix where in named who made oath whereto and the same
      being proved by the oathix of the witness and was ordered to be recorded and this Executrix having preformed what the
      law require ________ is granted her for of obtaining a probate in due form.
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 257.
      John Douglass Jr., his will. Nov 28, 1778.
      I, John Douglas of CC, am very sick, weak, and in a low condition.
      To my daughter Anne Douglas - a Negro girl named Kate.
      To my daughter Eleanor Douglas and my son Godshall Douglas and my daughter Anne Douglas - Negroes named Patience, Suck, Tom, Harry, Pompey, George, Martin, Guy, Jack, Henry, and Sett, to be equally divided among them. If either of my daughter marries before Godshal arrives at age, my executors are to pay them their shares.
      Executors: John Douglass Sr. and Nathaniel Freeman.
      Signed January 13, 1777 - John Douglass Jr. Wit - Theop's Yates, Rebecca (X her mark) Lucket, Richd Douglass.
      Proved on Nov 28, 1778 by Theophilus Yates, one of the witnesses,
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 257,
      On Nov 28, 1778, Letters Testamentary were granted on the estate of John Douglass Jr, to John Douglass and Nathaniel Freeman, executors. Securities - Theophilus Yates and Gerrard Blackston Causin, of CC. Bond = 4000
      Appraisers: John Marshall and James Cottrel.
      On February 20, 1779, the inventory was received, appraised to 644 16 shillings 11 pence.
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 299.
      John Douglass' Inventory. Feb 20, 1779.
      Includes: Negro man Tom, aged 50 years; Negro Harry, age 25 years; Negro George, 18 years; Negro boy Guy, 8 years; Negro Martin, 4 years; Negro Jack, 2 years; ditto, 4 months old; Negro Cate, age 10; Negro Bet, age 6; 1 bedstead, cord, hide, and furniture, 1 bed with ditto old, 1 old bed and bedstead; 4 horses, 8 cattle, 12 hogs, 10 barrels of corn, 3 barrels of cotton. Total: 644 16 shillings 11 pence. Signed Dec 3, 1778 - Jno Marshall, James Cottrell
      Creditor: Barnes and Redgate.
      Kindred: Rhd Douglass, Benja Douglass.
      Proved on Feb 20, 1779 by John Douglass & Nathan Freman, executors of John Douglass, late of CC, deceased.
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      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 444.
      John Douglas Jr First Account.
      The account of John Douglass and Nathan Freeman, executors of John Douglass Jr, late of CC, decd.
      Debts include: the inventory of the decd's estate, exhibited into Orphan Court, recorded Liber A folio 299, amounting to 644 16 shillings 11 pence; cash recd of John McShay; 23.1 cash in the decd's house; tobacco due from Thomas H Luckett.
      Disbursements went to: sundry clothes for the family, they being left almost naked; Revd John Macpherson; Craik and Jenifer; Edward Boorman, Sheriff; Wm Hanson, former Sheriff; Luke Pompey; Doctor James Craik; Wm Roberson for his share of the crop; William Noble; Brown and Marbury; Doctor Gust Brown; Walter Hanson for passing & stating acct on Jane Howard's estate; William KirkPatrick; Barnes and Ridgate,. Walter Hanson, late Register, for Letters, Will, &c and for inventory; money due to the decd to Jen Howard as per the deposition of Thomas Howard, Balance: 1462.25 [units not stated] & 566 17 shillings 6 pence,
      Further time prayed to pass additional acct.
      Proved on Dec 11, 1779.
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book B-1, 1782-1785; Page 155.
      Richard L. Douglass' Will & Codicil.
      I, Richard Land Douglass of CC, am in a weak and low state of health. In the first place, my just debts, it I should owe any, are to be paid.
      To my brother Benjamin Douglass - all my land, lying in two parcels, the one called part of Causin Manour, & the other, part of Matthews Adventure. Also, my black mare colt, my mourning ring, silver shoe buckles, sleeve buttons, & gold brooch.
      To my friend & brother-in-law Nathaniel Freeman - my gray mare & colt, my cow & calf now in his care, & the small red heifer I purchased of Wm Lancaster.
      To my friend & brother-in-law Thomas Hussey Luckett - 22 L, 10 shillings which he owes me for a white mare I sold him last summer.
      To my sisters, Elizabeth & Joanna Douglass - during the time they live unmarried, my Negro boy called Jack; & at the death or marriage of either of them, I give Jack to the survivor or one who remains single, and if both of my sisters marry or die while brother Benjamin Douglass is living, I give Negro Jack to him during his life, and then my desire is that Negro Jack shall have liberty to go to any of my relations he pleases.
      To my brother Benjamin Douglass & my brother-in-law, Nathaniel Freeman - all my wearing apparel, to be equally divided between them.
      To my sisters, Elizabeth & Joanna Douglass - the rest of my estate, consisting of stock of different kinds, money, & tobacco due unto me, and also the undivided part of my father's estate due unto me, and also my undivided part of my share of the estate of my sister, Eleanor Douglass' estate.
      Executor; my brother Benjamin Douglass and my brother-on law, Nathaniel Freeman.
      Signed Feb 21, 1783 - Richard Ld Douglass.
      Wit - G.B. Causin, Thos Sheircliff, Ann Douglass.
      Whereas I, Richard L. Douglass of CC, have made and executed my Will, dated last Feb 21, I hereby alter some parts thereof, and do therefore make this, my codicil.
      To my brother Benjamin Douglass & to my brother-in-law Nathaniel Freeman - all my books, to be equally divided between them.
      To my nephew James Freeman - my bay horse colt called Mark Anthony.
      To my nephew Godshall Douglass my grey mare colt.
      signed Apr 17, 1783 - Richard Ld. Douglass. Wit - G.B. Causin, Ann Douglass-
      probated on May 3, 1783 by the oaths of both executors and Thomas Sherkleff, Gerrard B. Causin, and Ann Douglass, the witnesses.
      ===
      Charles County Maryland Will Book AF-11, 1791-1801, {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 144.
      Benjamin Douglass Jr., February 1793; March 14, 1793
      I, Benjamin Douglass of CC being sick and weak but of sound mind and understanding
      To son Richard Land Douglass all the land I now possess, negros Yellow Henry, Clerisa, Jack, Yellow Jack, Cate and Sall, with the provision that the three last negros will not be moved without their consent from the land which I formerly lived.
      To my daughter Mary Grove Douglas, negro Jude, Puss, Phil, Ned and Alse
      To my friend Katherine Freeman, all my wering apparel excep my gold ring button and silver bucklers which I desire may be kept by my executos and given to my son Richard Land Douglass at 21yrs.
      To two children, the residue of my estate equally. In case they die, my estate to be devided between my brothers and sisters or their children (un-named).
      Executor: Nathaniel Freeman and his son James Freeman
      Signed: February 1793 Benjamin Douglas
      Wit - Henry W. Hanson, Hugh Cox, John Chandler
      Probated on March 14, 1793 by Nathaniel Freeman and James Freeman together with witnesses Henry Massey Hanson, Hugh Cox, and John Chandler who made oath that they saw the testator sign and seal this will.
      ===
      Charles County, Maryland, Inventories,1791-1797; Page 171. Benjamin Douglass Jr - inventory. Late of CC, decd.
      Negroes; Jack (about 50 years old), Henny (about 33 & child Joe, 5 months old), Phill (about 9), Alice (6), Clarissa
      (2), Priss (11), Judith (14), Ned (6), Sall (53), Kate (80), Mary (3), Black Henny (20).
      Total amount: 433.9.6.
      Signed Aug 2, 1793 - Hoskins Hanson, Hugh Cox.
      Creditors: M. Blair, Brown & Waring.
      CC, Aug 19, 1793. Then came Nathaniel Freeman & James Freeman, executors, and made oath.
      Certified by John Muschett, Registrar of Wills.
      ===
      Charles County Land Records 1786-1790; Liber D#4; Page 382. Deed of Gift, recorded at the request of James Freeman. I, Nathaniel Freeman of CC, for the natural love have for my granddaughter, Ann Douglass Freeman (daughter of James Freeman and Eleanor, his wife) and for other good causes, I have given to sd Ann Douglass Freeman, 1 Negro girl named Patience, about 20 months old, and her increase, after my death and the death of my wife, Ann Freeman. But if my sd granddaughter should die without issue of her body lawfully begotten, then sd Patience and her increase to he and remain the property of my son, James Freeman. Signed Jan 8, 1789 - Nathan'. Freeman. Wit - Henry Barnes*. Recorded Jan 8, 1789

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