The Last Will and Testament of William Graham, (1775-1812, Gaspereaux)Liber 1 Folio 56
In the name of God Amen, I Wm. Graham, Son of Wm. Graham of Lockerby On Lot Number sixty three, Prince Edward Island farmer being very sick and Weak in Body but of Perfect mind and Memory thanks be given to God calling unto 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 reccomend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my Body I reccomend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial, at the discretion of my executors - Nothing doubting but at the general Ressurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God, And as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath 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 to Catharine my Dearly Beloved Wife as long as she shall remain unmarried Equally with my six children all and singular my lands Cattle sheep Hogs and also my household furniture beds and Bedclothes wearing Apparel books and farming utensils to remain undivided until my youngest Child shall be of age, or she or them shall live and afterwards to return to the Nearest Heir of my father's line but if she should again marry I willeth that all the above mentioned Estate and property shall return to the care of my father Wm. Graham and my brother, James Graham who I likewise Constitute make and ordain the Executors of this my last Will and Testament for the sole use of my Children Equally Accept fifty pounds good and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid her my said wife out of my Estate or property for her own private use by my Executors or assigns and Secondly I give and bequeath to my Father Wm. Graham and my Brother James Graham for the use of my Children the Care of all my Money Bonds, Liases, Notes of hand book Accom??? and whatsoever other property belonging to me for the proper use of my Children by them their Heirs, Executors Administrators and Assigns freely to be possessed and enjoyed and I do enjoin that the Children shall be brought up in the protestant faith. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills, Legacies, Bequests and Executors by me in any wise before named Willed and bequeathed ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirty first day of July in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and twelve.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, and declared
by the said Wm Graham 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.
Wm. X Graham
Compared with the original - Probate granted to William Graham the Executor therein named on the Oath of James Richards a subscribing Witness the 29th of August 1812
Judge of Probate