The Last Will and Testament of Daniel Compton, (1807-1869, Belle Creek)
In the name of God, Amen. The seventeenth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight, I Daniel Compton of Belle Creek, farmer being in sound state of mind and memory, but calling to mind the frail tenure of life, and that it is appointed to 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 recomend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it to me, and the disposal of my body I leave to the entire discretion of my friends.
With respect to my worldly estate I give bequeath and dispose of it in the manner and proportions herefollowing.
First, my beloved wife Isabella is to have her living from my estate and to own two cows and five sheep at all times, of the stock of said estate and to have my little spinning wheel and reel and loom. And Jane and Emily and Elizabeth, my beloved daughters, are to get five shillings each from said estate, twelve months after my decease. And Simon and Henry my beloved sons are to get the pump auger, shank and bits. And George and Benjamin and William my beloved sons are to be paid the sum of twenty pounds currency, provided they remain on said estate until they are the ages of twenty-one years, respectively. And Mary and Lucy Ann my beloved daughters are to get their support by labouring on said estate, and if they marry they are to get one cow and three sheep each by remaining at home until they marry.
Finally I give and bequeath unto my beloved son John, all and singular my lands together with my buildings, stock, farming impliments, etc. with the exceptions above made in favour of my beloved wife and children, all of whom I recomend unto his most special notice.
I make Simon Compton and Joseph Sanders my sole executors. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written.
(sgd) Daniel Compton
Source: Probate Court in CharlottetownNote: Daniel was b. 1807, Quaco, New Brunswick and died 5 January 1869 at Belle Creek, PEI. He is the grandson of William Compton Sr., who's will may also be found in this database. His father was Wm. Sr.'s son William Jr.