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Will of Charles Bates
In the name of God Amen. I Charles Bates Wesleyan Missionary in the Island of Antigua in the West Indies being through divine mercy in perfect health of body and of a sound mind but knowing the frailty of human nature and my liability of being suddenly removed hence by death as wishful to prevent as far as in me lies any unpleasantness which may arise at my death from an unsettled state of my affairs do therefore appoint the contents of this document to be my last will and testament that is to say
I give to my beloved wife Elizabeth Bates all my books wearing apparel including linen and whatsoever is usually worn about my person which may be found in my possession at my death trunks boxes and writing desk as also three watches one gold and two silver to be sold or kept for her benefit as she may think proper I give to the said Elizabeth Bates the interest of three hundred pounds of the currency of St. Christopher's West Indies which sum is due to me from the Wesleyan Chapel Basseterra of the above named Island and is now paying the annual interest of six per cent one year's interest being due the thirty first day of December 1836 but the principle must remain untouched by her or any other person on her account as it will be disposed of hereafter. Should the said Elizabeth Bates be joined in marriage with another man after my decease in that case my will is that she lost all her right title and claim which this document gives her to the three hundred pounds interest before named as in that case it will be otherwise disposed of But should she become a widow a third time in that case my will is that it revert to her again until the day of her death I give to the said Elizabeth for her use whatever money and Bills of Exchange (if any) may be found in my possession at my death after all my lawful debts are discharged such money alone being appropriated to that purpose.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor. |
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