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Will of James B. Higgins

Will of James B. Higgins
Montgomery County, Maryland
Will Book 3: 1-2
Written 9 May 1844
Filed 1 August 1848

“In the name of God Amen, I James B. Higgins of Montgomery County in the State of Maryland do make, execute, publish and declare the following as and for my last will and testament, viz: I give devise and bequeath to my sons Johnᵒ H. Higgins and Charles A. C. Higgins one twelfth part being a childs part of all the real and personal estate I may leave at the time of my death, after my debts & funeral charges have been paid and my wife’s dower and thirds have been taken out (if she should survive me) to them and their heirs or the heirs of the survivor of them in trust, for the use and benefit of Margaret Rebecca Higgins, wife of Jesse T. Higgins and the children of the said Margaret Rebecca and Jesse T. Higgins now begotten or which may hereafter be begotten during the life of the said Margaret Rebecca and after the death of the said Margaret Rebecca in trust for the children of the said Margaret Rebecca and Jesse T. Higgins, their heirs and assigns equally to be divided between them.

And in consideration of the preceding devise to and for the use and benefit of the wife and children of my son Jesse T. Higgins, I will and direct that he shall have no part of my estate real or personal but that the residue thereof be divided and disposed of as if I had died intestate among all my children (except the said Jesse T. Higgins) their heirs and assigns.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth day of May eighteen hundred and forty four.

Signed, sealed, published and}
declared by the above named tes-}
tator, as and for his last will and}
testament, in our presence, who at}            James B. Higgins [seal]
his request, in his presence and in}
the presence of each other, have sub-}
scribed our names as witnesses thereto}
W.O. Chappell}
H. Franklin Viers}
Richard Ricketts}

Montgomery County to wit: On this 1st day of August 1848 came H. Franklin Viers one of the subscribing witnesses to the last will and Testament of James B. Higgins late of said County deceased and made Oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that he did see the testator herein named sign and seal this will and that he heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of his apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and the he subscribed his name to this will as a witness in the presence and at the request of the testator, also in the presence of William O. Chappell and

[page 2] Richard Ricketts the other subscribing witnesses thereto,
Certified by Henry Harding Register

[Seal of Montgomery County]
Know all men by these presents, that we Charles A.C. Higgins, George Knowles and John H. Higgins of Montgomery County are held and firmly bound to the State of Maryland in the sum of Ten Thousand dollars, current money, to be paid to the State aforesaid or its certain Attorney to which payment will and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight.

The conditions of the above obligations is such, that if the above bounden Charles A. C. Higgins shall well and truly perform the office of Administrator with the will annexed of James B. Higgins, late of Montgomery County deceased, according to law, and shall in all respect discharge the duties of him acquired by law, as Administrator aforesaid, without any injury or damage to any person interested in the faithful performance of the said office, then the above obligation shall be void: it is otherwise to be in full force and virtue in law.

Signed, Sealed and                           C. A. C. Higgins [seal]
delivered in the presence of           George Knowles [seal
C. A. Harding                                      John H. Higgins [seal]

State of Maryland Montgomery County Orphans Court August 2nd 1848

Then came Charles A. C. Higgins and made Oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that he will well and truly administer the goods, chattels, personal estate and credits of James B. Higgins late of said County deceased to the best of his knowledge according to law and will give a just account of his administration when thereto he shall be lawfully called and that he will diligently and faithfully regard and well and truly comply with the provisions of the Acts of Assembly passed at December Session 1844 entitled “an Act imposing a tax or commissions allowed to Executors and Administrators to aid in paying the debts of the State” and an Act entitled “an Act imposing a tax on collateral inheritances, distributive shares and legacies to aid in paying the debts of the State.”

Certified by
Henry Harding Register”

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Amanuensis Monday – October 27, 1942 (Gladys)

In many letters thus far, Gladys has mentioned Oleum Percomorphum and Dextri-Maltose. Because she was not able to breast feed David, other alternatives for feeding were necessary. Mead Johnson & Company was the producer and developer of these products. We know them today for such products as Enfamil and Enfalac. The company introduced Oleum Percomporphum in 1935. A vitamin A and D supplement, it helped to prevent Rickets. This is not a disease one hears much about these days. Rickets causes a weakening of the bones, especially in children. With our modern vitamin fortified milk, rickets is generally considered a disease of the past.

Mead Johnson & Company developed Dextri-Maltrose in 1911. This carbohydrate power supplement was mixed with milk to help weaker infants gain strength and weight. It was marketed directly to physicians and soon became one of their most important products. Prior to World War I, the compound was created from potato starch which was imported from Germany. In 1916, the company moved production to Evansville, Indiana and changed the basis of the formula from potato starch to corn. Indiana proved to be a prime location for acquiring corn.

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Letter transcription:

Kentland Ind
Oct 27-1942

Dear Daddy-

Tues eve. and almost 7 P.M. I am tired this evening so after I finish writing will take David and go upstairs. He went to sleep after his 6 P.M. bottle so I should get to bed and sleep while he sleeps so I can catch up some. He still requires a 2 AM bottle and that seems to come around so soon after 10 PM.

Sunday afternoon David & Marie came to see us. They said they wanted to see the name sake and make the trip before gas rationing. It is to start (gas rationing) Nov. 22. David had received your letter and I think they wrote to you also they are going to send you a Christmas box. If all the boxes get to you by Dec 25 you should have several. Betty Beaver told me today she helped wrap a box the different organizations are sending. I sent our box last Sat. Ruthie mailed her box this week. I know your Mother  & Ruth M. sent boxes too.

Mark got a blister on both heels from his new scout shoes. He could hardly walk at noon so I took him to school and went to get him this evening. While in town had anti-freeze put in the car, and have winter oils in so the car is in shape now for cold weather.

[page 2] The finances are in good shape. The bills are all paid (except a few drug bills). The bal. now is a little above seven but when the check comes the first of next month it will bounce up. That bal. includes the birthday money. I haven’t spent much money lately due to the fact I haven’t been out much. I am not much in the spending mood at present and can’t think of anything in particular I want right now.

If and when your packages come I will let you know, if and when you get my letters. I hope all my letters get to you because they are like a diary. I tried every day to keep up with the news.

This evening in town I saw so many people – It was Club day and so many club women were in town. Mrs. T. J. [Louise] Britton told me she had some shrubbery she wants to give me.

A former salesman – and I can’t remember the co. he traveled for is in Art’s now, so he must be taking over for Art. Art is to leave Nov. 5. He got rating of mate second class in Navy.

Dr. Cole told me to get Oleum Percomorphum for the baby. He also gets orange juice now. Today was his first day on 4 hr schedule and seems to do just as good. Will see what he does tomorrow. The boys (John & Mark) (I should say the older boys) have started taking oral vaccine you left. John had a cold and took one of those and his cold left. Of course he is still taking them



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