The Will of John Furness (1783-1875, Vernon River Bridge)
In the name of God Amen I John Furness of Vernon River Prince Edward Island Farmer being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory 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 commend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executors. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in the this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath Ann my dearly beloved wife three head of cattle and twelve sheep. Also to Mary Van Iderstine my beloved daughter twenty pounds in money also to Sarah Tweedy twenty pounds said money to be taken by my Executors out of the savings Bank in Charlottetown wherein I have deposited one hundred and thirty pounds, one hundred pounds in my own name and thirty pounds in the name of my son John. The balance that remains after the above mentioned gift to be given to my son Thomas Furness excepting what will be required to give me a decent burial.I desire also to say that my son Thomas is to have my grey horse and mare and that Hugh Findley of Orwell and my two sons John and Thomas become my Executors and that they collect a note I have in my favor against John MacLeod with interest which money is to go to the use of the house*.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy two.
(signed) John Furness
Signed sealed and published pronounced
and declared by the said John Furness as his
last will and Testament in the presence of us
who in his presence and in the presence of
each other have hereunto signed our names as
(Signed) Hugh Findlay
John G. Yelland
* The note of hand has been paid since writing this.(signed) Hugh Findlay
This will was proved on 22nd day of November 1875 on the oath of Hugh Findlay and John Furness two of the Executors therein named and Probate was granted on the same day as certified by Charles Young, Judge of Probate.