Mary Ridgely Preston Brown (1857-1895)
MSA SC 3520-2282
First Lady of Maryland, 1892-1895
The third of my Estate must go to my wife, M.R. Ridgely if she oute lives me - to have and bequeath as she desires, the entire right to do so. The dwelling I now occupy 1012 Cathedral St which my wife, M.R. Ridgely has a life interest in and at her death reverts to me, I give and bequeath the said house and lot to my two grandchildren "Mary and Frank Brown children of my dear child" Mary R. Brown, I give and bequeath to my two nieces, the daughters of my brother C. Ridgely "Laura Ridgely and her sister "Ann R. Kemp" my two houses on Gilmore St. app. to ????- no. 1537-1535.
To my neice Emma Walker daughter of my sister Mary Ann Walker I give and bequeath to Emma Walker my house on Baker St. no. 1515-
I Constitute and appoint and desire my friend Mr. John T. Norris, to be my Executor of this my last will - without security.
Witness this my hand and (seal) -
I am entitled to receive Five thousand dollars under the will of my daughter Mary R. Brown and by my first Codicil I gave $2500. of said sum to my Pastor Rev. Dr. Eccleston. I now confirm said gift to him, with full power to him to use and expend the same, in such manner as he may deem proper.
I give and bequeath the other half of said sum of Five thousand dollars, as follows namely:
I give the sum of $1500. to Ann R. Kemp, $500 to Laura Ridgely; and $500. to Emma Walker; three sums to be in addition to the devises and bequests to them in my will -
I give and devise to Blanche Barker absolutely, my house and lot no. 1549 North Gilmor Street, as an expression of her kindness to my wife and myself during our sickness.
I hereby ratify and confirm my will in all respects, and authorize and empower my Executor to sell at public sale in his discretion, my property for the purpose of paying legacies, and settling my estate.
In Witness Whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal on this 27d day
of December 1895.
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