- She was the last Battee who owned Essex; she passed it on in her will to her nephew Benjamin Franklin (1783-1822, the son of her sister Anne Battee and Jacob Franklin). His portrait was in the parlor at Essex.
Will, 39 fol. 109, dated Mar. 14, 1822. Mary Deale here is Mary Franklin Deale (1777-1812; I3330); her son is James Deale (1810-1876, I3817):
"In the name of God, Amen--I Elizabeth Battee of Anne Arundel County in the State of Maryland, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding to make this my last Will and Testament and aftere the payment of my debts and funeral charges I give and devise as follows, to wit:
"I give and devise my undevided moiety of a tract or parcel of land adjoining Richard Harwood, Osborn S. Harwood, Doctor William Murray and Thomas Bird to James Deale, eldest son of my last neice Mary Deale, to him and his heirs forever.
"I give and devise my undevided moiety of the farm on which I now dwell Benjamin Franklin, my nephew, and to his heirs forever, provided he will give up his undevided moiety onf the tract or parcel of land adjoining the Estate of Richard Harwood, Osborn S. Harwood, Doctor Wiliam Murray and Thomas Bird to James Deale, eldest son of my late neice Mary Deale, and his heirs forever, and in case my nephew Benjamin Franklin will not give up his part of the land above described to James Deale (son of my last neice Mary Deale, it is then my will that James Deale, sone of my last neice Mary Deale shall have my undevided moiety of the lands on which I dwell to hiim and his heirs forver.
"Signed--Elizabeth Battee (seal)
Witnesses: James N. Stockett, Thomas Leitch, Francis Bird."