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Will of Richard Reed
Barbados. This is the last will and testament of me Richard Reed late of the Colony of Demerara but at present of the Island of Barbadoes Esquire. I direct all my just debts and funeral expenses to be fully paid and satisfied as soon as possible after my decease and I do charge all my estate real and personal with the payment thereof (except my negro man slave named Louis hereinafter by me devised to my relation Edward Brace Terrill). I give and bequeath unto the Orphan Chamber of the Colony of Demerara the sum of Ten Guilders Holland currency thereby excluding them from any interference in my affairs under any circumstances whatever. I give and devise unto my said relation Edward Brace Terrill and his heirs my said negro man slave named Louis. I give and bequeath unto my dear brother Thomas Reed my watch Chain and key, and also my Encyclopaedia Brittannica now in the possession of my brother in law Patrick Huir, and also my two fowling pieces now in the possession of Mr. Beckwith Gunsmith of London. I direct my executors hereinafter named or either of them who are appointed to act in my affairs in the said Colony of Demerara to purchase a Gold watch key chain and seals of the value of Thirty guineas and present the same to my dear sister Jane Reed, and I also direct my said executors to purchase another Gold watch, key, chain and seals of the like value and present the same to my dear niece Eliza Bowcher daughter of my dear sister Elizabeth Fergus who was formerly Elizabeth Bowcher widow.
Barbados This is a codicil to the last will and testament of me Richard Reed Late of the Colony of Demerara but at present of the Island of Barbados, Esquire, which said will bears date the eleventh day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four and which said will I do hereby ratify and confirm in every respect except as the same may be hereby altered or varied. I do hereby authorise and direct my executors in Demerara or either of them who shall qualify to my said will to act in my affairs there to allow and pay to my brother Thomas Reed the annual sum of two hundred pounds sterling money of Great Britain for the spane of four years to be computed from the date of my said will for the purpose of enabling my said brother to finish his education as a surgeon or Physician and which said annual sum I direct shall be paid out of the nett proceeds of the proportion of the crops to which my said brother will be entitled under my said will out of my proportion of the plantation Nabaclis, but in case my proportion of the said plantation shall be sold before the expiration of the said four years then I direct my said executors to reserve as much principal money in their hands as will pay the said annuity during the said term out of the proportion thereof to which my xxxx brother the said Thomas Reed is entitled under my said will and I wish my said brother clearly to understand that the said annuity is to be deducted from his proportion of the said Crops of the said plantation or the purchase money thereof in case the same shall be sold.
|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. |
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (December 18, 2002)
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