Will of John Van Iderstine (1811-1890, Vernon River)Liber 12 Folio 430
This is the last Will and Testament of me, John Van Iderstine, Vernon River, Prince Edward Island, made when enjoying usual health and soundness of mind;this Fifth day of April, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy seven.
I hereby give, devise and bequeath, at my death, my Farm consisting of One hundred acres, to my son James Hayden Van Iderstine. I also give to him all my Livestock Farming Implements, Buildings on the premises, Household Furniture, other mesuages, hereditaments, and all other personal effects whatsoever and wheresoever for his own absolute use and benefit according to the nature and quality therof respectively, subject, however, to the payment of my just debts, funeral and all other expenses and charges of proving and registering this my Will, and also by making certain payments of money and other gifts to varied members of my family herein stated.Viz.
My son James Hayden Van Iderstine, shall give to my Wife, Mary Van Iderstine One Cow and Two Sheep for her own use and my daughters - Sarah and Laurina Van Iderstine .The Cow and sheep to be kept for them on the Farm without any charge as long as my Wife shall live and my said daughters remain unmarried .He shall also allow them Two Rooms at the West End of the Dwelling House to live in as long as they shall need them and constantly find them as much Fuel as they require for their own use. Furthermore if Sarah my daughter gets married, after her mothers death she shall have the Cow and if Laurina be married she shall have the two sheep which they have had in possession for their own use. James Hayden, my son, shall also give to my Wife Mary Van Iderstine, Fifty Dollars ($50.00) Dominion Currency , Annually as long as she lives and Sixteen Dollars ($16.00) Annually to each of my daughters Sarah and Laurina Van Iderstine as long as they remain single. James Hayden Van Iderstine my son shall also give to my Son Daniel Van Iderstine, One Cow soon after my death. He shall also give Forty Dollars ($40.00) to my son David Van Iderstine and Forty Dollars likewise to Ebenezer Van Iderstine my son. Both shall receive it within Eighteen Months after my decease. Further James Hayden my son shall give to Thomas Van Iderstine my son One Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($150.00) and One hundred and Fifty ($150.00) to my son Peter Also. Both amounts to be taken from the money made of the farm bought by George McMullen. If they receive it before my death they shall give a Receipt in full for it so as not to have any claim on James Hayden my son afterward.
My two daughters, Sarah and Laurina Van Iderstine, shall also have Sixty Dollars ($60.00) each of money that their Mother has in the Bank. On receiving it they shall also give a Receipt for it that my son James Hayden Van Iderstine shall not be called upon to pay it from the Farm at any future period.
Having settled all payments and other Gifts as above stated, my son James Hayden Van Iderstine shall have all my other Property and Effects to have and to hold for his own absolute use and benefit Henceforth and Forever.
And I hereby appoint Thomas Furness, my wife’s brother and Neil MacLeod my brother-in-law Executors of this my Will and do revoke all other Wills.
In Witness I have hereunto set my hand the day and year above written .
(Signed) The x of John Van Iderstine
Signed published and acknowledged
by the said John Van Iderstine as and
for his last Will and Testament in the
presence of us and who in his presence
and at his request and in the presence
of each other have subscribed our names
and Witnesses .
( Signed ) Wm Medland }
( Signed ) Neil MacLeod }
( Signed ) Thomas Furness
This will was proved on
the 7 th May 1890, on the oath
of Thomas Furness a subscribing
Witness before _____ and MacLeod
and was filed and registered on the
2nd July 1890 as certified by
Judge of Probate