The Last Will and Testament
John Lockard (1777-1874)

On file at the Carroll County Courthouse,
Westminster, Maryland

2 April 1874

In the name of God Amen, I John Lockard of Carroll County in the state of Maryland; being sick and weak in body but of sound mind, memory, and understanding, considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,

First and principally, I commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth, to be decently buried at the direction of my executor herein after named. And after my debts and funeral charges are paid, I devise and bequeath as follows:

It is my will that all my Estate, real and personal as soon as convenient after my death to be sold, and the money arising therefrom to be disposed of as follows. To my four sons, William Lockard, Joshua Lockard, John Lockard and James Lockard, and my two daughters Susan Ogg and Elizabeth Ward, and heirs of my deceased daughters Mary Magee and Nancy Lowe, wife of Absalom Magee and Nicholas Lowe, to be divided share and share alike between my sons and daughters and the heirs of Mary Magee and Nicholas Lowe to receive their mother's part, and all the notes and judgements (and accounts) held by me at my death against my children or grandchildren is to be taken out of their legacy.

And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son William Lockard, Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made ratifying, and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this second day of April Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Four.

John X Lockard (will sinced with mark "X")

Signed, sealed and published and declared by John Lockard the above named testator in the presents (presence) of each other and at his request, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, April 2nd 1874

Azariah Oursler
Henry Drexler
Peggie (?) Lockard

Maryland, Carroll County, To Wit: On the 21st day of May 1874, before the Orphan's Court of Carroll County came Joseph Ward the person who exhibited the aforegoing instrument of writing, and in open court made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God, that the same is the true and last will and testament of John Lockard, late of Carroll County, deceased...

Additional Details concerning the Will of John Lockard
from the American Sentinel (Westminster newspaper)

  • American Sentinel, 23 May 1874:

    "The last will and testament of John Lockard, deceased, was admitted to probate, and letters of testamentary granted to William Lockard, the executor appointed in said will."

  • American Sentinel, 30 May 1874:

    "William Lockard, executor of John Lockard, deceased, returned a list of debts and inventory of money."

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