Last Will and Testament of John Beer (1793-ca 1873) of DeSable-Lot 29Liber 8 Folio 523
In the name of God Amen, I John Beer of DeSable in Queens County, P.E. Island, farmer, being of feeble health but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, remembering the mortality of my body and 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 recommend my soul unto the Hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the first resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty Power of God.
And as touching such worldly estate, wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner and way.
That is to say unto my beloved wife Elizabeth, I give and bequeath a sufficient maintenance out of Artemas’ half of this farm, but if she chooses to leave I give and bequeath fifteen pounds currency yearly and every year as long as she lives, and the following effects -. viz. her feather bed, side saddle, two sheep, a cow and the clock.
Also I give and bequeath to my son John, the fifty acres of land he now holds being the South half of farm No. 4.
Also to my son George, I give and bequeath the land he now holds being the northern part of farm No. 4: on the eastern side of the river, reserving out of this a piece of land thirty five yards east of the mill to be attached to the mill as a lumber yard.
To my son William I give and bequeath all the remaining part of farm No 4 on the western side of the river together with the mills, lumber yard and all appurtenances.
To my son Philip, I give and bequeath the Northern half of this farm.
To my son Isaac, I give and bequeath one shilling sterling.
To my daughters Elizabeth, Eliza and Sarah, I give and bequeath to each one shilling sterling on demand.
To my daughter Emma, I give and bequeath one cow, two sheep and a bed.
To my granddaughter Mary Beer, (John’s daughter), I give and bequeath a cow and two sheep when twenty one years of age.
It is understood that the line between Philip and Artemas is not to take of the barns now back from Artemas.
To my son Artemas, I give and bequeath all the remaining half of this farm and effects after the requirements of this will above mentioned and specified are complied with and all stock and farming implements for the fulfillment of the requirements of this will.
I appoint and constitute my son Artemas Beer as my executor and I hereby revoke and annul all other legacies, bequeaths and wills by me made whatsoever, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament.
In witness whereof I hereby set my hand and seal this 4th day of August 1871.
Signed sealed published
and declared by the said
John Beer in the presence
sgn John Beer senior
sgn John Villett*
" William Thomson
" Robert Villett*
This Will was proved on the 3d – March 1873 on the oath of William Thomson, a subscribing witness. On the 22d-March 1883, probate was granted to executor therein named.
Judge of Probate
* Microfilm blurred. Looks like Pullett and Dillet, but is likely a neghbouring family, John and Robert Villett.