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rest all the deceased members of my own immediate family, and where I intend my own body to be interred.

William Hearne and wife, Mary, were Episcopalians, and members of the Church of England, as were the majority of their descendants for several generations.

The records in Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland, show that William Hearne, son of William Hearne (merchant), and Mary, his wife, was born Sept. 24, A. D. 1688, and that Thomas Hearne, son of William (merchant), was born of Mary, his wife, May 31, A. D. 1691.

WILLIAM HEARNE, SOfl of William and Mary, born Sept. 24, 1688, and died about Jan. 1, 1756, at the age of sixty-eight years (as shown by the probation of his will), left children named as follows: Elijah, Isaac, Jonathan, Samuel, John, Benjamin, Hannah, Mary, who married Freney, and Sarah who married Tindal. His wife was named Elizabeth. as shown bv deeds of record. It is worthy of note that the wife and all nine children have scripture names.

Will of William Hearne, copied from the records of Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland (it is also on record at Annapolis, the capital of Maryland):

In the name of God Amen. I make this my last will and testament, and calling to mind the mortality of my body etc.,

I give and dispose of my small worldly estate in the manner and form following:

1st: My will is that all my just and lawful debts be paid and that in due time.

2nd: I give and bequeath unto my son Elijah Hearne one negr. boy called Frank, one negr. girl called Dinah and two hundred and seventy-five acres of land, part of that tract of land called Stains. and to be laid off and taken out of the original tract aforesaid so as to include the dwelling plantation where I now live on, with as little prejudice to the remaining part of that tract as may be, to him, his heirs or assigns.

3rd: I give and bequeath unto my son Isaac Hearne his heirs or assigns one hundred and fifty acres of land out of that tract of land called Stains, where he has formerly made some improvements and if any difference should arise in the division of the aforesaid land between my two sons Elijah Hearne and Isaac Hearne, then my will is that my two friends Benjamin Handy and George Hearne

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