Will of Charles Sanderson, the Elder
In the name of God. Amen. I Charles Sanderson, the Elder, of Saint Peters Bay in Prince Edward Island, Farmer, being now well advanced in years but being in good bodily health and of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following - that is to say:
I give, devise and bequeath the tract of land known as the Greenwich Property or Estate belonging to me, containing Five Hundred Acres or thereabout to my three sons - George Charles Sanderson, Benjamin Sanderson and Charles Sanderson, Junior, with all Buildings, Easements, Rights and Appurtenances to the Same belonging to the said tract, to be divided equally into three equal shares between them, namely by lines running from Saint Peters Bay to the Gulf Shore and as nearly parallel as may be with the eastern line of the tract. Benjamin to have the division or section lying next to the eastern line. George Charles the central section or division and Charles the western section or division - to hold the said lands and premises to my said three sons and other several and respective heirs and assigns forever.
And whereas I hold a tract of three hundred and thirty five acres of land, or thereabouts, under deed from the Executor of the Late John Cambridge, Esquire, known as the old farm, one hundred and fifty acres whereof is now the property and in possession of the children of my late brother, Robert Sanderson, now, I do hereby give, devise and bequeath that portion of the said old farm belonging to me which lies to the eastward of the said land in possession of the said Robert Sanderson's children, being the farm on which I now reside containing one hundred and fifty seven acres, a little more or less, unto my dear wife Maria with the use of the cattle, farm stock, implements of husbandry, household furniture and other chattel property thereon for and during the term of her natural life, and from and after the death of my said wife, I give and devise the said farm on which I now reside with all buildings and appurtenances to the same belonging and also all my Household Furniture, Horses, Cattle, Farm-Stock, Implements of Husbandry, and all other chattel property and personal effects on the said farm unto my grandson Henry Francis Anderson (alias Sanderson) now living with me, and my eldest son George Charles Sanderson, to hold to them in equal shares as tenants in common but not as joint tenants and to their several and respective heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever.
And whereas I also hold under Deed of Conveyance, for the benefit of myself and the children of my said deceased Brother, Robert Sanderson, a tract or block of Four Hundred and Forty Acres known as the Back Land and which has been divided into four sections or divisions, now I do hereby give and devise to my said Grandson, Henry Francis and my said Son, George Charles, a piece of the said Back or rear land lying to the southward of and adjoining to that part of the old farm alone devised to them, the same being bounded on thw west by a line commencing at the northeast boundary stake of Charles Edward Sanderson's (Robert's son) land and running south the breadth of the first division of the said rear block being about fifteen chains and thence extending eastward to Midgell River, the said piece of back land containing about sixty acres, more or less. To hold the same to the said Henry Francis, my grandson, and the said George Charles, my son, share and share alike as tenants in common, but not as joint tenants and to their several and respective heirs and assigns forever.
I give a devise to my son Henry Sanderson that part of my old farm respecting which I had a suit with William McKay, in the Supreme Court, being about twenty eight acres with the dwelling house and other Buildings and Appurtenances to the same belonging, also that part of the rear or back land adjoining the same being about fifteen chains in breadth and extending from the Church Road eastwardly until it strikes the west line of the piece of Rear or Back land above devised to my grandson Henry Francis and my son George Charles - the said piece of Back land hereby devised to my said son Henry containing fifty acres, more or less, and being part of the first division of the above mentioned Rear Block. To hold the said two pieces of land with the appurtenances to my said son Henry Sanderson, his heirs and assigns forever.
I give and devise to William Sanderson, my son, part of the Rear Block above mentioned, that is to say the Third Section or Division of said Block being the division lying between the two divisions belonging to my late brother Robert's children, and which said piece of land hereby devised to my said son William contains about one hundred and five acres, more or less. To hold the same with the appurtenances unto my said son William Sanderson, his heirs and assigns forever.
I give and devise to my son George Charles Sanderson the tract of land lying on the north side of Saint Peters Bay called the Fish House and comprising about one hundred eighty four acres with all appurtenances to the same belonging, to hold the same to my said son George Charles and his heirs and assigns forever.
I give and bequeath to my three sons, George Charles, Benjamin and Charles, all the cattle, stock, farming implements, chattels, household furniture and other personal effects now in their respective possessions on the Greenwich Property above mentioned, Benjamin's share of the said stock and personal effects being in his own possession and George's and Charles' being as yet undivided between them, the same that is what is in possession of the two later to be divided between them equally, or as near as so as may be.
Robert, my son, being already provided for, I leave to him five shillings.
My daughter Margaret, the late wife of Alexander Dingwell, having received her share in her lifetime, I leave five shillings to her children.
My daughter Catherine, the wife of Benjamin Dingwell, being also provided for, I leave five shillings to her.
To Louisa Sanderson, now in the United States, I leave five shillings.
To my daughter Elizabeth Alice Sanderson, I leave fifty pounds, the same to be paid to her as soon as convenient after my decease.
And which I charge upon my old farm and the stock thereon devised and bequeathed to Henry Francis, my grandson, and George Charles, my son, after the decease of my wife, as above mentioned.
My daughter Matilda Sanderson, being already provided for, I leave to her five shillings.
My daughter Caroline Sanderson, being already provided for, I also leave to her five shillings.
I give, devise and bequeath, subject to the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, all the rest, residue and remainder of all my property and estate, real and personal, of every kind and description, not hereinbefore mentioned, to my son George Charles Sanderson and to his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever.
I hereby nominate and appoint my son, George Charles Sanderson, and the honorable John Longworth of Charlottetown Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three.
Signed, sealed published and declared
by the said Testator as and for his Last
Will and Testament in the presence of
us, who in his presence at his request
in the presence of each other have
subscribed our names as witnesses.