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Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy: Philadelphia [p.441] DEATHS OF PERSONS NOT FRIENDS, page 443 Benjamin Fordham bur 2-10-1717
Benjamin Fordham bur 2-10-1717
NOTE: bur = buried
Benjamin Fordham's Last Will and Testament
I, Benjamin Fordham, of Annapolis in the providence of Maryland, Gent. Being in good health of body and of a sound and perfect mind, memory, and understanding and calling to mind the instability of this frail life and that it is appointed for all people once to die do upon my now being bound on a voyage to sea make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following revoking all former and other wills, legacies, and bequests by making final heretofore made willed or bequeathed either by word or writing first I will that all my last debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged by my executor hereinafter mentioned within, honored within a convenient time after my decease.
Now, I give, devise and bequeath onto each of my two youngest children, Richard and Sarah the sum of twenty-five pounds lawful money of America, by a late act of parliament then I give, devise, and bequeath all my real estate and the remainder and of all and singular my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever the land may be found and of a nature, kind or species soever the land be unto my eight children, Benjamin, John, Joseph, Sames, Richard, Mary, Lydia, and Sarah to be equally divided amongst them each of which said children their part and portion of my said estate shall wholly and solely be and remain to him, her or them and his, her or their heirs and assigns forever and if any of my said child or children die before maturity without issue then and of such cases my will is that the record or share of such child or children so dying as aforesaid shall be equally divided among the survivors of them and their heirs and I do hereby nominate and appoint my truly friend , James Purrock of the city of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, Shipwright, solely executor in trust of this my last will and testament and for the better division of my estate among my children aforesaid above I do hereby fully empower and authorize him the said, James Purrock, to sell, grant, and convey and confirm all or any part of my estate as well real personal to any payors or payees for this.....
inheritance into simple or otherwise for the uttermost advantage and profit of my said children and the consideration money the sources sold for shall by him the said James be equally divided among my children aforesaid or the survivors of them. My real estate being three houses and land, lots of land in Annapolis aforesaid a lot of land and improvement in Great Street, in Philadelphia aforesaid and part of personal estate being a negro man, Wissy, and a negro woman and a sucking child and three negro boys from six to nine years.
In witness whereof the said Benjamin Fordham have put my hand and seal hereto date the eleventh day of August, Anno Domini and one thousand seven hundred and sixteen.
Signed, sealed and declared by the said Benjamin Fordham as his last will and testament in the presence of after in testating the word James Aefore signing Edward Roberts, John Cadwallander and Edward Jones, Philadelphia, April this 24th day 1718.
Then personally appeared Edward Roberts, John Cadwallader and Edward Jones the witnesses to the aforegoing will and upon their respective solemn affirmations according to the law did declared they saw Benjamin Fordham the testator before named and sign seal and publicly declare the same as his last will and testament and that authorizing thereof he was of sound mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge.
Peter Evans, Registered General
Source: State of Maryland, Dept of General Services; Hall of Records; P.O. Box 828; Annapolis, MD 21401 -- Wills, Volume 14, pp. 502-503
Benjamin Fordham married Lydia Jennett.
Lydia's parents were John Jennett and Bridget.
Bridget in her will (she is widowed at the time) mentions three daughters,
Sarah (m.James Parrock, a shipwright - children James and Sarah.)
Sarah Fordham - Marriage
Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy: Philadelphia [p.450] MINUTES AND MARRIAGE RECORDS page 455 1733,12,22. Sarah (form Fordham) dis mou
NOTE: dis = disowned, disowned for. mou = married out of unity
Lydia Fordham - Marriage
Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy: Philadelphia [p.450] MINUTES AND MARRIAGE RECORDS page 483 1724, 5,28. Arnold [Cassel], s Arnold, Phila., Pa., m Lydia Fordham, dt Benjamin, late of Annapolis, Md., at Phila. MH
1724, 5,28. Arnold [Cassel], s Arnold, Phila., Pa., m Lydia Fordham, dt Benjamin, late of Annapolis, Md., at Phila.
NOTE: dt = daughter/daughters. m = marry, married, marrying, marriage, month. MH = meeting house, church.