The Last Will and Testament of John Mason (-1817, Charlottetown)
Liber 1 Folio 120 in Registry of Probate
In the name of God, Amen
The twenty first day of February, One thousand
Eight hundred and Seventeen
I John Mason late of New York in the States of America but now of Charlotte Town Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence British America, Mariner, being of perfect mind and memory do hereby make and ordain this my last Will and Testament for the disposal of my worldly concerns
That I give and bequeath to my dear wife Fanny Mason all my property whatever I am possessed of at my Decease or otherwise entitled to either in Goods, Chattels, Money., Estates, Vessel and Furniture and every other property whatever or wherever.
That I do constitute make and ordain my dear wife Fanny Mason my sole executrix of this my last will and testament, recommending her to dispose of and sell for the greatest sum that can be obtained for the vessel called the Trusty Friend together with all her furniture. In order to enable her my dearest wife together with my dear child Susannah to return again to their friends at New York from whence they came (the said vessels conveyance papers and Register being at this time deposited) for the care thereof in the hands of my good friend Mr. John Plaw of Charlotte Town aforesaid Gentleman.
And lastly I do hereby utterly disallow Revoke and Disannul all former testaments wills, legacies, bequests and Executors, by me in any way before named willed or bequeathed; And I do hereby request that my Executrix do pay all my just and lawful debts and demands together with my Funeral expences soon as convenient after my decease Ratifying and confirming this, and no other to be my last Will and testament.
In witness whereof i have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written at Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
Signed Sealed Published
pronounced and declared by the
said John Mason as his last
will and testament in the presence
of us the Subscribers
21st day February 1817
John Plaw of Charlottetown
The aforewritten will being presented for probate by Fanny Mason the Executrix therein named Joseph Ball made oath that he saw John Mason the subscriber to this Instrument sign the same and also heard him publish and declare it to be his last will and testament and that when he so did he was of sound disposing mind and
memory according to this deponents best discerning and that he set his hand as a witness thereof in the said testators presence and that John Plaw and Betsey Ball, now being absent, subscribed their names as
Witnesses at the same time
Sworn before me the 6th day of June
in the year of our lord 1817
Robert Gray Judge of Probate