Will of Mary Ramsay (nee McGougan), relict of John Ramsay, Oyster Cove, PEI, dated 22nd May 1843; probate was granted 30th October 1855. Transcribed by Ann Smith from: R.G. 6.2 Series 1. Probate Court Register of Wills, 1807-1920, Vol. 5, p. 383. Prince Edward Island Public Archives and Records Office. [Mary Ramsay was the daughter of John and Mary McGougan and married John Ramsay, the son of Neil Ramsay and Mary Cole in 1803. They had seven sons; six are mentioned in this will.]
In the Name of God Amen
Know all men by these Presents that I Mary Ramsay relict of John Ramsay late of Oyster Cove Prince Edward Island deceased being of Sound mind and firm judgement, but of weak body and frail on account of advanced age and illness, do hereby make and execute this my last will and Testament; In the first place I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Dugald Ramsay of Oyster Cove and John Craig of Prince Town Royalty Farmers to be my true and lawful Executors and do desire them to see this my will carried into Effect.
And whereas by an agreement made by and between Donald Ramsay, Neil Ramsay, Archibald Ramsay, William Ramsay, John Ramsay and David Ramsay heirs at Law and myself relict of the late John Ramsay and dated the 28th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and thirty five it was agreed that that part of my late husbands freehold farms which is situate between the Oyster Cove Road so called, and the waters of Oyster Cove, Should be my property in fee simple without let or hindrance except that Donald Ramsay and David Ramsay two of the said heirs should have the use of a certain piece of the said Land therein mentioned allowing to me and my heirs instead thereof firewood for the use of my house, so long as there should be any wood on their land; And when the wood shall be used, then the said piece of land to revert to me in full and free possession and fee simple. – And whereas by the said instrument, I did agree to pay to William Ramsay one of the said heirs the sum of Twenty Pounds to Neil Ramsay another of the said heirs Five Pounds to Archibald Ramsay another of the said heirs Five Pounds and to John Ramsay another of the said heirs Twenty pounds.-
Now I do will devise and bequeath unto my beloved Son the said John Ramsay all the land mentioned in the said agreement as being my Property to him his heirs and assigns for ever – as full and free as I myself hold it, on condition that he pay or cause to be paid unto the said William Ramsay the said Sum of Twenty unto Neil Ramsay the said Sum of Five Pounds and to Archibald Ramsay the said Sum of Five Pounds in the same manner and way as is mentioned in the said agreement, that they shall be paid. And I do also bequeath unto the said John Ramsay my son one moiety or half or my Pew in the Prince Town Church. And I also bequeath unto my beloved son David Ramsay the other moiety or half of my Pew in the Prince Town Church. And finally I do desire beseech and Empower the said Dugald Ramsay and John Craig my Executors or the survivor of them to put the said John Ramsay and David Ramsay into possession of the properties mentioned above immediately upon my death, whenever it may please Almighty God that that Event shall happen.-
Done and Executed at Prince Town Royalty this 22nd day of May Annoque Domini 1843.
Edw. S. Blanchard
Mary X Ramsay
This will was proved on the 27th October 1855 on the oath of Malcolm McGougan, a subscribing Witness, and on the 30th Oct 1855 probate was granted to John Craig, one of the Executors, Dugald Ramsay, the other Executor being dead.
Judge of Probate