Description Will of Basil Bell of New Glasgow, NS


Estate of Basil Bell, late of New Glasgow, Esquire, deceased, Testate

Copy of Will for the Registrar of Deeds

This is the last Will and Testament of me Basil Bell of New Glasgow in the County of Pictou, Province of Nova Scotia, Esquire.

My late wife may having died intestate I assumed the Administration of her Estate, but as she had clearly indicated her wishes as to the disposal of her property amongst her children, they by to an agreement to which I and my son in law Dr. William Fraser are partner and which is dated the first day of August A.D. 1873 provided for the full settlement and distribution of my wife's estate and property as set forth in the said agreement duly executed under deal and ratified and confirmed by my son John Bell by deed under his hand and seal of the date 11th. May 1874.

And now as to my own property and Estate I make the following Will and disposition -

First- I direct payment of all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses.

Second - As to my son Adam Carr Bell I have already given and made over to him in advance the whole of my stock of Goods Drugs and medicines which were in the shops in the Stonehouse in New Glasgow pursuant to our agreement by which he was to secure to me payment for one half of the value thereof and I give to said Adam Carr Bell my Pew No. 8 in St. Andrew's Church, New Glasgow.

Third - In addition to the shares of stock in the Bank of Nova Scotia, which my daughter Mary the wife of Dr. William Fraser, is to receive in pursuance of the agreement above referred to I will order and direct the my Executors shall convey and transfer to my said daughter Mary Fraser in her own voice Fifteen shares of my Capital stock in the said Bank of Nova Scotia, at my decease, and if at that time the whole of the said shares of stock (being twenty five in number) should be of less value than Five Thousand Dollars I will and direct that my Executors shall out of my estate pay to the said Mary Fraser such sum or deficiency as together with the value of the said twenty five shares of stock shall make up the sum or value of Five Thousand Dollars which the said Nary Fraser is to receive at my decease in pursuance of the terms of the said agreement of 1st. August 1873.

Fourth - I give and bequeath to my housekeeper Christy Fraser the sum of Four hundred Dollars to be paid to her in three months after my decease - which sum I cheerfully leave to her by special request of my dear wife for her kind and untiring attention during her long and painful illness - and I also give and bequeath to said Christy Fraser the Iron Bedstead and bedding which she uses in my house and should she remain in my service until my decease I give and devise to her the use of one of my cottages next my house for the term of her natural life she paying for the same an annual acknowledgement or Rental of half a Dollar a year during her life.

Fifth -To my son John Bell his heirs and assigns I give devise and bequeath the small lot of land owned by me situate near Kirkpatrick's Barn in New Glasgow also all my lands and Real Estate whatsoever houses shops also my stock of Goods Drugs and Medicines at Stellarton, also my Pew No. 6 in St, Andrew's Church and all my household furniture horses cattle carriages harness books and other articles of personally of mine wheresoever being at my decease and also all monies Bank stocks or other investments Securities or deposits (subject of curse to all debts due by me ad all bequeaths gifts and other provisions made and expressed in this my will) and all debts due to me or to become due with Books of account mortgages Bonds Notes and Securities and all other residue of my Estate Real and personal of whatsoever kind and wheresoever situate or being at my decease and not herein otherwise specifically disposed of To Have Hold and enjoy the same to my said son John Bell his heirs and assigns forever.

Sixth - I appoint my said sons Adam Carr Bell and John Bell to be executors and Trustees of and under this my last Will and Testament to which I have set my hand and seal at Pictou this seventh day of October in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and eighty-one.

Signed Basil Bell L.S.

Signed sealed and declared by the Testator as his last Will and testament in the presence of us all at the same time and who all together at the same time in his presence and at his request attach the same as witnesses.

Signed David H. Purves

Signed James McKinlay

Signed John McKinlay

County of Pictou

In the Court of Probate of Wills

I do hereby certify that the foregoing instrument consisting of three pages, is an exact and literal copy of the last Will and Testament of Basil Bell, late of New Glasgow, in the County of Pictou, Esquire, deceased, Testate, which has been duly filed and admitted to Probate in accordance with the practice of the Court.

Given under my hand at Pictou this third day of January A.D. 1885. John H. Lane Registrar

To the Registrar of Deeds for the County of Pictou

Province of Nova Scotia Registrars Office Pictou 11th July 1885 I certify that the within instrument was duly registered at 2 pm of the above day in the registry of Wills Book No 1 pages 265,266 &267 on the certificate of John H. Lane Registrar

John Ferguson Rgr.

File Location

Vault - Registry of Deeds Shelf

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