LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Proved on Saturday the 7th day of April A.D. 1877 upon the deposn of Nelson Negus, one of the subj witnesses.
This is the Last will and Testament of me George Bowes of Cow Bay, in the County of Halifax, Farmer.
I hereby devise to my son John Bowes and his heirs the tract of Land on the North side of the road leading from the Eastern Passage to Cole Harbour and Bounded by Moserís Land and the Eastern Passage road, and adjoining the meeting House, Containing about fifty acres, of which he is now in position with the Buildings and improvements thereon.
I hereby devise to my Two Sons, George and James, and their heirs a Tract of Land Commencing at the Sea Shore and bounded by the road leading from Cow Bay to the Eastern Passage, Having Johnís property on the north and Moserís property on the rear and Pentzís property on the South, Together with all the buildings thereon to be divided equally between my said two Sons George and James.
I devise the back wood Lot of Thirty or forty acres at the Still water by me from John Bissett to my three sons John, George and James as tenants in Common in equal shares, each of them to take from it what wood he pleases, until they shall see fit to divide it between them.
I give and bequeath to my children hereinafter named the following Legacies to be paid them by my executors as soon as the legatees shall require payment with interest from my decease until payment, that is to say---
To my daughter Jane Four Hundred Dollars Currency of the Dominion of Canada.
To my daughter Matilda Four Hundred Dollars Currency of the Dominion of Canada.
To my daughter Sarah the Sum of Four Hundred Dollars Currency of the Dominion of Canada.
To my daughter Barbara, wife of Charles Sheffelburg One dollar of the same currency in addition to the Sum of Four Hundred dollars which she has already received from me.
To my daughter Susan Moser or her heirs one dollar of the same Currency in addition to the Sum of Four Hundred dollars which she has already received from me.
I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife to her own use the promissary note for Two hundred dollars which I now hold, or its equivalent in money in case it shall be paid in my lifetime, by John Bissett the maker.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Bowes the right of living in the Homestead dwelling House with a comfortable and sufficient maintenance such as she has always enjoyed. Her maintenance is to be provided at the joint expense of my two sons George and James--- and in case they cannot agree between themselves in relation thereto, Then James and George are each to pay her Forty dollars yearly for her maintenance. Then she will be at Liberty to remain in the dwelling House or go where she sees fit to live.
The Furniture is to remain in the Homestead dwelling House for her and the daughtersí use, until the daughters leave home. The Furniture is to be the property of my beloved wife, after the daughters have left home.
I also give and bequeath to my son John Sixty dollars of the same currency as above mentioned.
I also give and bequeath to my Grandson and God-child George Bowes, son of John Bowes, the sum of Forty dollars Currency of the Dominion of Canada, to be kept by my Executors at Interest in the Bank until he comes of age when the Principal and interest are to be paid to him. In case of his death before he comes of age then this legacy is to go to his brother John in the same way.
All the rest and residue of my real and personal property whatsoever and wheresoever situate after paying of my debts and funeral expenses, and the expenses of settling my estate, I give, devise and bequeath to my two sons George and James in equal proportions, to their own absolute use forever.
I hereby appoint my two sons, George Bowes and James Bowes, to be the Executors of this my last will and Testament.
I hereby devise to all my sons severally and their heirs the free use at all times and for all purposes the old road leading past my old Barn to the Cove.
Dated at Cow Bay in the County of Halifax, this Fifteenth day of November in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Three.
George Bowes (L.S.)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said George Bowes, as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us, who at his request have hereunto in his presence, and in presence of each other this fifteenth day of November in the year One Thousand Eight hundred and seventy three.
Submitted by John Bowse