The Last Will and Testament of William Blackett (1793-1895, Lot 56)Liber 14 Folio 65
I William Blackett of Grand River Lot 56 Kings County make this my last will and testament. I first of all give and devise and bequeath unto my son William Blackett(Gunner Bill*) one half of all the old homestead or the farm upon which I am now living being the eastern portion of said farm bounded and ascribed as follows.
That is to say on the east by Donald Campbellís farm, on the south by John Dingwellís farm, on the west by land to be given to my son Robert Blackett providing he the said Robert comply with the conditions herein after contained and on the north by land in possession of the heirs of the estate of the late John McDonald.
I also give devise and bequeath to my son Robert Blackett the western portion of my farm providing he pay my son William Blackett the sum of $36.00 thirty six dollars which the said sum of thirty six dollars must be paid by the said Robert Blackett my son, to William Blackett my son before he the said Robert Blackett will have any rights to the said western half of my farm, which said land is bounded on the west by land owned by John Dingwell and a main road, on the north by land owned by John MacDonald on the east by William Blackettís land and on the south by the sea shore.
I also order that Robert my son cannot sell his share of land unless he gives my son William Blackett the first offer, and I also order that my son William shall not sell his share of land without giving Robert the first offer.
I also give devise and bequeath to my son Williamís wife Bridget (Power*) Blackett all my personal property, cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, machinery, household furniture and every other property whatsoever.
I also give devise and bequeath to my son Robert Blackett one half my land on Lot 55 consisting of twelve and one half acres providing he pays to my son William the amount ordered heretofore to be paid for his share of the old homestead and if the said Robert Blackett my son does not remain and live on the old place or homestead and comply with the conditions heretofore expressed by this my last will and testament he forfeits all rights to any share of my land on Lot 55 and the said land on Lot 55 shall then all belong to my son William Blackett.
I hereby appoint John Swallow of Little River and Lauzon Batchelder to be the executors of my last will and testament.
In witness where I have signed and sealed and published and acclaimed this instrument to be my last will and testament at Souris, Kings County this twelfth day of January in the year of one thousand eight hundred and eighty five.
The said William Blackett (of Little Pond*) at Souris Kings County on the twelfth day of January AD 1885 signed and sealed and published and declared this instrument as and for his last will and testament and we at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto written our names as subscribing witnesses.
James R MacLean
(*inserted by Grace Blackette)