Will of James Watts; b. abt. 1784 Stirling, Scotland; d. 29 Jan 1861 (Charlotte Town)
This is the last Will and Testament of me James Watts, Senior, of Charlotte Town Common in Prince Edward Island, Mason, as follows;
First, I desire that all my just debts and Funeral expenses be paid by my Executors and Executrix hereinafter named, as soon as can conveniently be done after my decease out of my personal Estate and Effects; And I do hereby give and devise onto my Son James Watts of Charlotte town in the said Island, Baker Common Lot Number (3) three, on which I now reside, in Charlotte town common aforesaid containing Sixteen acres or thereabouts also part of Common Lot Number (2) two in the said Common, now in the possession of the Said James Watts, Junior, containing one acre of Lands, little more or less, To hold to my said son James Watts forever, with the Dwelling House, Out Houses, and Buildings, and all Hereditaments and appurtenances to the said above devised Land and Premises belonging the whole Devise to my said son James being subject to the annuity to my wife as hereinafter bequeathed; also I give and bequeath to my said son James to be disposed of as he may think proper after my decease all my Goods and Chattels, Stock, Crop and Farming utensils with the Exception of the Furniture and household Stuff in my dwelling House and I do hereby give and bequeath to my Son Aneas Watts and my daughter Isabella Robison a Judgment debt due to me from James Millner, Tinsmith, amounting to one hundred Pounds to be equally divided between them share and share alike; and I do hereby give, devise, and bequeath unto my dear Wife Mary a yearly sum or annuity of twenty five pounds currency to be paid to her from the time of my decease during her natural life, the Same to be issuing and payable from and out of my said Real Estate and I do hereby charge and impose such annuity as a Rent Charge on my said Real Estate, to be recovered by distress and Sale of Chattels; if necessary, as in cases of distress for Rent, such annuity to be paid in quarterly payments and to be received by my said wife in lieu and satisfaction of all claims of dower or thirds from my Said Real Estate and lastly I do hereby renounce all former Wills by me made and do appoint my said dear wife and my said son James Watts and my trusty friend David Stewart of Charlotte Town aforesaid to be Executrix and Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty.
(sgd) James Watts Sír
Signed sealed, delivered and executed in presence of S W Mitchell and John C Binns
This will was proved on the 11th May 1861 on the oath of John C Binns a subscribing witness.
Public Archives of PEI, PEI Probate Court Register of Wills - 1807-1920; RG 6.2 Series 1
Liber 6, Folio 135-136