British Connection

Background:  It may seem strange to have a will from Ireland in the McCulloh collection, but Robert McCulloh lived in Ireland as did others related to him.  The will posted here helps sort out some of the family connections in Somerset County, Maryland, ultimately coming to Elizabeth Reynolds, who married either Joseph  or Samuel McCulloh, brothers of John McCulloh b. 1747.

1780 – Will of Mary McWaters

I, Mary McWaters of Belfast in the county of Antrim widow make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following –

I leave and bequeath unto my brother Thos Sloss of Princess Ann in Somerset County, Maryland in Amer., planter the sum of L500 Irish Sterling and unto his wife Mary Sloss my tortese shell snuff boxes and unto his daughter Mary Sloss my gold watch and two cameos.

I leave and bequeath unto Sarah Reynolds otherwise Sloss of Philadelphia Widow and her four children, Namely William, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Mary Reynolds the sum of L700 Irish Silver to be equally divided among them or such of them that survive me, share and share alike.

I order and direct my Exors herein after named do lend out the sum of L200 Irish Sterling at such a rate of interest among such surety as they shall think fit and continue the same at interest  during the life of my sister Margt Leaven otherwise Sloss, wife of Thomas Leaven of Maryland afore said therewith and that the interest of its life be paid her annually during her life, without the _?_ or intermeddling of her husband.  But if my Exors shall at any time thereafter think it advisable to remit said L200 to America, I will and desire that they remit same to the said Thomas Sloss but without risque to themselves. And the said Thomas Sloss, do hand out said sum of L200 at interest in America and pay the interest to arise therefore unto the said Margaret Leaven during her life in manner aforesaid.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 1, frame 22

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