Last Will and Testament of John Beck (1815-1898), White Sands, P.E.I.
Provincial Archives PEI: Probate Court Will: Liber 14, Folio 543; will proved 14 July 1898.
In the name of God Amen
The seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven.
I, John Beck of White Sands Lot or Township number sixty-four in Kings County in the Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Farmer, being of sound and disposing mind and memory thanks be given unto God, but calling unto mind the mortality of the body, Knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial, at the discretion of my Executor, And as touching such worldly estate were with it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise and dispose of in the following manner and form:
1st. I hereby constitute and appoint my son John P. Beck to be my sole executor of the my last will and testament, directing my said executor to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses out of my estate.
2nd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ann a home on my real estate so long as she remains unmarried, and out of the proceeds of my said real estate she is to be comfortably maintained while unmarried during her lifetime with sufficient food and clothing.
3rd. I give to my son John P. Beck all my household furniture and effects belonging to the house.
4th. I give and bequeath to my son John P. Beck, all my personal property consisting of stock and farming implements.
5th. I give and devise to my said son, John P. Beck, all my real estate comprising forty eight (48) acres of land with the buildings and all erections thereon on which I now live.
And I utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testament, wills, legacies, bequests and executors, by me in any way before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other, to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first written. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Beck, ( he made his mark) as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us who in the presence of each other, and at his request, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto. Signed by Robert Whiteway, Senr, and Albert McDougall.
This will was proved on the 14 day of July 1898 on the oath of Robert Whiteway, Senr, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and was filed and registered on the same day. Certified by Richard Riddin, Judge of Probate.