Description Will of Donald Douglass of River John, NS


Estate of Donald Douglass late of River John, Yeoman, deceased, Testate

Copy of Will for the Registrar of Deeds

In the name of God, Amen

- The sixth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Seventy Six. I Joseph Baxter of Donald Douglass of River John Land Marsh in the County of Pictou in the Province of Nova Scotia being of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, therefore calling into mind the mortality of the Body, knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, Do make and ordain this this my last Will and testament, that is to say, Principally and first of all I give and commend my Soul into almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my family and Executors to be afterwards named nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall received the same again by the Almighty power of God, And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bestow on me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner,

First. I give and bequeath to m y sons Donald Douglass and William Douglass (who now live with me on my farm lot) the farm lot on which I now reside and being all the lands I now possess and own- to be equally divided between them as laid out already by themselves, and also all my goods and chattels, such as Horses, Cattle and sheep, farming Implements, and all other articles on the place and owned by me.

I hereby ordain to be my sons the said Donald Douglass and William Douglass subject to the following conditions, and considerations], that each of them will yearly and every year during her natural life, give, pay, and deliver to Janet my beloved wife, the following goods and chattels, namely one Cow each, the same to be fed during the winter season, and pastured during summer and two sheep each, to be fed and pastured the same as the Cows, also seven bushels of god marketable wheat each, Fifty pounds weight of good Oatmeal each, and fifteen bushels of potatoes each, The wheat and meal provided her and stored into her rooms to be afterwards named, and the potatoes to be put in good order, into her cellar.

I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Isabella Douglass two cows and six sheep the same to be levied from my Estate this day bequeathed to my sons Donald and William, Douglass, and to be paid to her the said Isabella Douglass by my said sons, that is to say Donald Douglass will pay, give, and deliver her one cow and three sheep, and the said William Douglass to pay, give, and deliver her the said Isabella Douglass one cow and three sheep all of which to be given and delivered her within six months after my demise.

I give and bequeath to my said sons Donald and William Douglass also all my buildings, houses, and tenements together with every other thing that I may own and possess at the time of my death subject to the foregoing bequeath, and the support and maintenance of Janet my beloved wife and their mother.

And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequeaths, and executors, by me in any wise before named willed bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and testament.

I hereby nominate and appoint John Douglass and William Douglass both of Middle river in the said County of Pictou, as joint Executors of this my said last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my Seal the day and year before and above written.

Signed X his mark Donald Douglass L.S.

Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Donald Douglass as his last Will and testament in the presence of us and in the presence of each other.


Signed John Douglass

   "      Alexr MacKay

Codicil to the foregoing Will & Testament

This sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Seventy six. I Donald Douglass being of perfect mind and memory do hereby give bequeath and ordain in addition to my bequeath and legacy this day bequeathed to Janet my beloved wife, one end of the dwelling house on my farm lot - and in which I live, to consist of two rooms, and a small portion of the cellar under the said dwelling house, and also my beloved sons Donald Douglass and William Douglass will furnish and provide their mother the said Janet Douglass a quantity of fuel, either in wood or coal, if wood, to be cut into such lengths as will be suitable and in quantity sufficient for one fireplace or stove,

I hereby ordain that this Codicil shall and my have the same power, virtue, and effect as should the same to be embodied in my will and testament of the date of this day and year.

Signed X his mark Donald Douglass L.S.


Signed John Douglass

     "    Alexr MacKay

County of Pictou SF

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 Donald Douglass, late of River John Land Marsh in the County of Pictou, 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 31st. day of December A.D. 1885. John H. Lane Registrar

To the Registrar of Deeds for the County of Pictou

Province of Nova Scotia Registrars Office Pictou 28th April 1886 I certify that the within instrument was duly registered at 11 AM of the above day in the registry of Wills Book No 1 pages 333,334 & 335 on the certificate of John H. Lane Registrar John Ferguson Rgr.

File Location

Vault - Registry of Deeds Shelf

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