Bob Davison notes: This will was sent to him by Les Cameron of Massachusetts, he married to Beverly Martin, John's GGGrand daughter. John Martin, 1811-1863 was the son of Donald Martin who came to P.E.I. on the Polly in 1803. He married Emily Compton, the daughter of William Compton and Mary Vaughn.
Last Will and Testament of John Martin from the Probate Court in Charlottetown
Know all men by these presents, That I John Martin of Queen's County in Prince Edward Island, Farmer, being of sound disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.
I give and devise to my son Daniel Martin his heirs and assigns all my homestead farm, situate in the settlement of Newton, Belfast, in Queen's County, Prince Edward Island whereon I now live. To have and to hold the same to him, the said Daniel Martin and his heirs and assigns forever, with the following provisions and reservations:
1st. my beloved wife Emily shall have her maintenance and support on the said farm during the natural term of life.
2nd. Likewise my daughters Sarah, Louisa and Margaret shall have their maintenance and support on the said farm during the time they remain there on unmarried.
3rd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Compton wife of William Compton of Lot 61, one sheep.
4th. I likewise will that my sons Kenneth, Alexander and James be maintained and supported on the said farm until they shall become of age provided do their share of the work of the said farm, subject to the directions of their Mother.
I give and bequeath to my son Peter Martin his heirs and assigns the one half of all my stock in consideration of the said Peter Martin helping the family all he can for three years; and the other half of my stock together with all farming implements, tools, etc. to be left on the said farm for the necessary working thereof and for the support of the family, only that the said Peter Martin shall have the use of the said tools when he needs them.
I ordain and appoint my brother Peter Martin as executor of this my last Will and 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 First day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty two.
(Sgd) John Martin
Signed, sealed, published and declaired by the said John Martin, as and for his last will and 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 witnesses hereto.
Witnesses both residing in Newton