Will of Robert Bryden

He died Aug 8 1800 at Alma, Pictou County, NS.

The will was probated in Colchester County.

I Robert Bryden of Pictou in the County of Halifax and Province of Nova Scotia, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life Do therfore make and ordain this my last will and testament That is to say,

First after all my just Debts be paid and Discharged I give and bequeathe unto Jean my wife one third part of my moveable goods. Item, a house, and firewood, cut at the door, ready for the fire, and the use of a horse to ride to sermon upon, which three articles I will to continue during her life. Item the milk of a cow yearly.

Item six good fleeces of wool yearly.

Item, ground fit for the sowing of one half bushel of flax seed yearly.

Item six pounds of tobacco yearly.

Item forty pounds of pork and one half carcase of mutton yearly.

Item one half barrel of Salmon yearly.

Item one fourth part of the grain, and one sixth part of the potatoes produced on my landed estate yearly, or else ten bushels of wheat yearly, ten bushels of oats yearly, two bushels of barley yearly, one bushel of peas yearly, and twenty bushels of potatoes yearly, if she shall prefer these to the foresaid grain and potatoes; that is to say yearly during her life.

Secondly I give and bequeathe unto my oldest son James all my landed estate, and two third parts of my moveable property.

Thirdly I give and bequeathe unto my second son William one shilling.

Fourthly I give and bequeathe unto my third son David one shilling.

Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my fourth son Edward one shilling.

Sixthly I give and bequeathe unto my oldest daughter Jean one shilling.

Seventhly I give and bequeathe unto my second daughter Helen one shilling.

Eighthly I give and bequeathe unto my fifth son Robert fifteen pounds currency.

Ninthly I give and bequeathe unto my third daughter Isabel five pounds currency.

Tenthly I five and bequeathe unto my fourth daughter Mary five pounds currency.

Eleventhly I give and bequeathe unto my fifth daughter Ann five pounds currency.

And I appoint James MacGregor & Robert Marshal be administer this my Testament.

Robert Bryden ~~~ his mark

James MacGregor witness Robert Marshell witness