The Will of Joseph Webster (-1873, Lot 35)
Liber 8 Folio 562
In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Webster of Lot or Township Number Thirty five in Queens County in Prince Edward Island Farmer, being now advanced in years and in a some what infirm state of bodily health, but being of sound disposing mind memory and understanding do make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner and from following list is to say. -
I give devise and bequeath to my dear wife Mary Ann Webster the Leasehold Farm on which I now reside conferring about Eighty Eight acres with the Dwelling House out building and appurtenances with each belonging together with all the Horses Cattle Farm Stock Implements of Husbandry and effects thereon and all my Household Furniture Goods chattels and personal effects whatsoever (save and except as hereinafter mentioned) To Hold tie save to my said wife for and during the term of her natural life, and from and after her decease I give and devise the said farm Dwelling House and premises, with all the Horses Cattle Chattels - Household Furniture and Effects that may be then upon the said farm or is and about the said Dwelling House and premises ( save and except as hereinafter mentioned) to my youngest son James Webster To Hold Whom his Executors Administrators and Assigns absolutely. Provided always and I do hereby Will and devise that the foregoing devise on bequest in favor of my said wife and youngest son shall be enable with payment of any just debts and funeral expenses and the following legacies or sums of money, and which I charge upon my said farm that is to say, to my daughter Elizabeth wife of John Pleadwell I leave the sum of Twenty pounds currency, to my daughter Mary Ann the sum of Fifty pounds, my nephew George Washington Snelgrove (now loingartte? me) the sum of Twenty pounds all of the late currency of Prince Edward Island, the said several sums of money to be paid either during the life time of my said wife or within two years after her death. I also have to my Daughter Mary Ann two cows and six sheep a chest of drawers the same to be delivered to her on her marriage or when she leaves the farm. It is my will and I direct that my said daughter Mary Ann shall live and be supported on the said farm during the life of her mother or with her marriage (in case she shall be married in the life time of her mother) she assisting in the household work as formerly. I leave my large mahogany table to my said wife absolutely. I give and advise to my sons George, William and James all my Estate Re?it Title and Interest or and to the Freehold Lands comprising Eighty Acres more or less purchased by me from Thomas Bell and William Bell situate on said Township Number Thirty five and for the decision of which a suit is now pending between me and some of the Heirs and Representatives of the Late Vincent Bell , and all securities clauses and demands whatsoever which I have or hold against the said Thomas Bell and William Bell or either if their or any property belonging to them or either of them in respect of said purchase. To Hold the same unto my said three sons shall and share alike as towards in Common and to their several and respective heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns For????. It is my Will and I do hereby authorize my said dear wife if she shall have need or occasion so to do, for the use of herself or the Household to sell and displace a few of the stock or cattle from off the said Leasehold farm at any time or from time to time during her life time, besides the produce of the farm. I leave to my son David one shilling, he having good trade and not being in need of assistance. I appoint George Snelgrove of Charlottetown Executor and my wife Mary Ann Executive of this my will.
In witness where of I have hereto to set my hand and seal this First ____ day of October one thousand Eight hundred and seventy two.
Signed Joseph Webster
Signed sealed and declared by the said Testator Joseph Webster as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who is his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our manes as Witnesses_________
(The word "Fifty" on the second line f the second page having been first written on an erasure.)
F L S Haszard
Henry D McQuaid
In the Probate Court
P.E.Island SS 36 Vic A.D. 1873
The foregoing will having been presented for Probate F. S. Haszard of Charlottetown in said Island Student at Law, one of the subscribing witness thereto made oath that he was present and did see the Testator Joseph Webster sign his name and affix his seal thereto and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament that which Testator so did he was of sound disposing mind and memory according to this deponent's best discerning. That he subscribed his name as a witness thereto in the presence of Testator and that Henry D McQuaid subscribed his name as witness thereto the same time.
Sworn is at Chambers
This 6th day of June 1873 before me.
Judge of Probate