I John Orrell of Dorchester County being sick and weak in Body but of perfect and sound memory thanks be unto Allmighty God for the same and taking into Consideration the uncertainity of this Life and that it is appointed for all men once to die being willing to settle my worldly affairs wherewith it hath pleased God to Bestow upon me here on Earth do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament hereby evoking all or any Will or Wills by me heretofore made pronouncing and declaring this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to Say ---
First, I give and bequeath my Soul into the hands of Allmightly God who gave it me and my Body to the Earth from whence it came to be buried in a decent manner by my Executrix hereafternamed shall ??
Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife my dwelling house and Lott of Land belonging situate and lying in the Town of Cambridge until her decease and then to descend unto my children as she shall see fit. ---
Thirdly, I give an bequeath unto my Children, all my estate both real and personal Lands and Tenements to be equally divided amongst them all to them and their heirs forever my Dear Wife to have an equal share of my present Estate.---
Fourthly, I do hereby request and enjoyning Executrix to Sell and dispose of a parcell of Land which I have in my possession in Anne Arundell County to pay my Debts and that it be converted to no other use than this my Last Will. --
Fifthly, I desire that all Debts due and owing unto me be Distributed amongst my Children after my own Debts be paid and that my Executrix pay all the Debts that I owe to any person that is Just. --
And Lastly I do hereby appoint my beloved Wife Mary Orrell my whole and Sole Executix to execute this my last Will and Testament.--
In Wittness to hereof I have hereunto sett my hand and affixed my Seal this twenty thrid day of November Anno Domino 1723.---
December 10, 1723 came John Tollett and Johannah Hennesley two of the subscribing Evidences to above Will made oath upon the Holy Evangacal of AllMight God that they saw the above said John Orrell Sign & Seal & heard him publish and declare the above Instrument of writing to be his last Will and Testament and at the time of his doing so he was to their knowledge in perfect Sence and Memory and allso there was then and there present the other Wittnesses (viz) William Standord.
Memorandum of Widow being Cautioned to make her Election within 4 Days as (of?) Act of Assembly
John Pritt (?) Dept. Comm for Dorsett County