Will of John Bell, Farmer, Princetown Rd, Lot 32, Prince Edward Island, British North America
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS. That I, JOHN BELL, farmer of Princetown Road, Lot or Township number thirty-two, Queen’s County, Prince Edward Island, British North America, being of sound disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament.
- I give and bequeath to each of my daughters as follows: First is Mary, wife of Thomas Frizzle – one shilling sterling, to Margaret the wife of William Hewet, the like sum of one shilling sterling and also to Jane the wife of John Donovan, the same sum of one shilling Sterling, to be paid to them respectively if either of them demand the same, within one year after my decease.
- I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Bell one Cow and four Sheep, to be given to her after my decease. Should she be unmarried at that time, but in the event of her being married, or otherwise settled, and having previously received the above-mentioned cattle, then and on that case to receive the sum of one shilling Sterling.
- I give and bequeath to my so Thomas Bell the sum of one shilling sterling, he being otherwise provided for.
- I give and devise to my youngest son John Bell, his heirs and assigns, ALL and WHOLE the farm possessed, occupied and belonging to me, and on which I know live consisting of Fifty acres of land or thereby situated and lying between the farms belong to James Dollar and that belonging to, or occupied by John Seller in said Lot at Township number thirty-two, Prince Edward Island, British North America. To have and to hold the same, to him the said John Bell and his heirs, executors, andministrators and assigns forever. Together also with the buildings, dwelling houses and others erected hereon, implements of husbandry, household furniture and, in general, the whole estate and effects heritable and moveable, real and personal of what kind or denomination whatsoever, and wheresoever situated, that belong to me at present or that shall belong and pertain to me, at the time of my death, not otherwise bequeathed and levied as herein before written, for and in consideration that he the said John Bell my son has been laboring the said farm for the support of me and my wife his parents for several years past, being helpless and infirm ourselves, and that he will continue to do so during the remaining part of our lives, and that he will defray our funeral and deathbed charges; and in the event of my predeceasing my beloved wife, he to have her support and aliment in a suitable manner from the estate thus bequeathed and devised during her lifetime and thereafter the whole as above written to revert and belong to the said John Bell and his foresaid as foresaw.
- I ordain and appoint the said John Bell to be my sole executor under this my last Will & Testament.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, and publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in the presence of the witnesses named below, this Fifth day of May in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Four (1864.) John + Bell (his mark).
Signed, sealed, published and declare by the said John "Bell as and for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witness hereto.
Allan Matheson, witness
Richard Crabb, witness
Joseph Copp, witness
In the Probate Court
30th Vic at 1867
The foregoing Will having been presented for Probate, Richard Crabb of Prince Town Road in said Island, farmer, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto made oath that he was present and did see the Testator John Bell sign his name by putting his mark, and affix his seal thereto and herein publish and declare the same, as, and for his last Will and Testament that when Testator so did he was of sound disposing mind and memory according to this Deponent, (best discerning) ?. That he subscibed his name as a witness thereto in the presence of testator and that Allen Matheson as witness thereto at the same time. Richard Crabb.
Sworn to at Chambers this Eleventh day of January at D 1867 before Charles Young, Judge of Probate.
Liber 86 Filed