Will of Nicholas Jenkins, U.E. Settled first in Vernon River, and finally in Pownal.
R.G. 6.2, Series 1, Will, Liber 2, Folio 27 & 28
In the name of God, Amen I, Nicholas Jenkins of Lot 49 in Prince Edward Island being weak in body but of Sound mind and memory thanks be given to God calling to mind the Mortality of my body 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 hands of Almighty God that give it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executrix nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such wordly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give Devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath after all my lawful debts are paid to my four daughters Viz Susannah, Catharine, Elizabeth and Lenah Two good merchantable Cows and four sheep each of them.
Secondly I leave and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife during her Widowhood or if she does not marry during her natural life the full possession of my Farm with my son Henry and she is to have all my personal property escept what I have bequeathed as above, but notwithstanding she shall have no power to sell or convey the other property or the Farm by any means whatever and after her decease the said Farm and property is to come into the full possession of my Son Henry, by his paying to each of my Sons Viz. George, William, Nicholas and James the sum of Forty pounds Currency each after the full end of the Term of Three Years after my decease, But as Cash is hard to be got in this Island I desire that it may be paid in the produce of the Country shall be taken in payment of the said Forty Pounds so that it may not distress my son Henry.
Thirdly I leave and bequeath unto my son John the sum of five shillings if he demands it.
Lastly I constitute make and ordain my dearly beloved Wife Elizabeth, Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Twenty third day of November One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighteen
Nicolaes (sic) Henckell Seal
Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Nicholas Jenkins as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.
James Lewis Hayden JP
James M Laren
Probat (sic) granted to Elizabeth Jenkins the Executrix therein named on the Oth [oath] of William Young one of the subscribing Witnesses. Dated July 24th 1823
Robert Gray Judge of Probat