This Will sent to William Richards by his cousin Irma Richards Neufeld.
TRANSCRIPTION OF JAMES RICHARDS, ESQUIRE'S WILL DATED 1863Liber 6 Folio 293
In the name of God, Amen, I James Richards, Senior of Murray Harbour Lot Sixty Four (64) P. E. Island being weak in body but of proper? mind and memory Thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and Knowing that it is appointed for 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 hand 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 Executors, nothing doubting, but as the general resurrection I shall receive the same again, by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate herewith has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First, I give and bequeath unto my only surviving daughter Harriet Ann Davy, wife of William Davy of the same place, all my right bible and interest in and unto Fifty Acres of Land situated on Township (38) Thirty Eight; and under agreement of rent and sale of duly fulfilled, to Allen and James Grant now in their occupation. Also, pasture Lot Number Twelve (12) situated in the Royalty of Georgetown. The aforesaid properties not to be subject to the debts, control or engagements of the present or any future Husband, but solely for her own proper use and benefit. Next, I will and bequeath unto my daughter (as foresaid) all my household goods, Books, and Book debts, acres of land, and Mechanical tools, and all my moveable affects subject to the following Legacies, Funeral and Testamoniary expenses, so relieved out of my Estate. First, I will and bequeath unto my sons Thomas Phillips Richards, John Tonkin Richards, Charles Hide Richards, James Bond Richards, William Augustus Richards, respectively, the sum of Two Pounds each. Also, I will and bequeath unto my Grandsons and Granddaughters, being: James Davy, John Thomas Davy, Lydia Ann Davy, Christy Alley Jane Davy, and Susannah Elisabeth Davy, the sum of Eight shillings each. Also, to Thomas Phillips Owen, John Mitchel Owen, William Owen, James Smallwood Owen, Lemuel Marquand Owen, Susannah Maria Owen, and Mary Jane Owen, The sum of Eight shillings each, payable in Goods or current money of this Island, To be paid to the aforesaid Legasees, respectively at the expiration of Twelve months after my decease. Also, I do hereby appoint, My Nephew Henry Philips of White Sands Township, Sixty Four (64) Farmer my executor, together with my Daughter Harriet Ann Davey wife of William Davey as aforesaid my executrix. Of this my last will and testament all and singular my lands, M__uag_s; and tenements by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed. And I do hereby after dissallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills and legacies, bequests, and executors, by one in any - wise before names, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this, and no other to be my last will and testament.
(signed) James Richards his mark
In Witness where of I have this twenty first day of April hereunto set my hand and seal in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and Sixty three. Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by me the said James Richards senior his last will and testament in his presence and in the presence of each other have here to subscribed our names.
B. Thomas Hayter
This will was proved on the 8th September 1863, in the ---- of Thomas Hayter, or subscribing witness, and on the same day. Probate was granted to the Executor Power being reserved to grant sums to executor when required. C. --------