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Mary Ridgely Preston Brown (1857-1895)
MSA SC 3520-2282
First Lady of Maryland, 1892-1895

Last Will and Testament of David Ridgely:


In the name of God

I, David Ridgely of the City of Baltimore, State of Maryland, being of sound and disposing mind and memory and understanding, make and declare this my last will and testament. After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I give, devise, and bequeath my estate as follows -

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) -

Codicil to the Will of David Ridgely

The legacy left to me by deare daughter Mary Ridgely Brown of Five thousand dollars. Twenty five hundred dollars to be placed in the hands of my Paster the Reverted H.S.W. Eccleston to be given to the pore as he judes best whare it will do the most good I, David Ridgely, being of sound and disposing mind, do make publish and declare this to be a second codicil to my last will.

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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