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WILLS: BLAIR AND JAMES
Dated 1st September 1905
Entered 4th July, 1911, 11 a.m.
# 554, 1911-1912
This is the paper writing referred to in the affidavit of John Joseph Blair sworn to this 21st day of February, 1911 as the will of Robert Blair.
Fred Davis, Deputy Clerk Courts St. Elizabeth John J. Blair
This is the paper writing referred to in the affidavit of Seymour A. Wynter sworn to this 7th day of March, 1911 as the will of Robert Blair.
Fred Davis, Deputy Clerk Courts St. Elizabeth Seymor A Wynter
This is the last Will and Testament of me Robert Blair of Upton in the parish of Saint Elizabeth in the county of Cornwall made this First day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and Five. I hereby revoke all wills made by me at any time heretofore. I appoint my wife Rosan Blair and my son John Joseph Blair to be my Executors and direct that all my debs and funeral expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently maybe after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my wife Rosan Blair my dwelling house and household furniture with one acre of land around the said dwelling house and whatever live stock I may die possessed of for her sole use until her death. And it is my desire that after the death of my wife the said house and land around it shall go to my son Charles Blair and that any of my daughters remaining unmarried shall live on the premises as long as they remain unmarried.
I give and bequeath to my two adopted grandsons Nathaniel Blair and Albert Blair the piece of land adjoining to their own land (between the two roads) to be equally divided between them. I also give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Jones the piece of land between me and William Gordon except two (2) acres sold to Charles Dunkley for her sole and separate use. All the remaining property I may die possessed of except (8) eight acres at Pedro which I sold to my son John Joseph Blair and (5) five acres at the Savannah adjoining to Geanas Run which I sold to my son James Blair. I give to my nine children to be equally divided between them viz. John Blair, James Blair, David Blair, Elizabeth Jones, Ann Blair, Robert Blair, Margaret Blair, Charles Blair and Benjamina Blair share and share alike together with my claim on the Ballard's Well.
In witness whereof I the said Testator have hereunto subscri[b]ed my name this First day of September 1905.
Robert x Blair
(sign. w/ his mark)
Signed by the said Testator in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses
Seymor A. Wynter, planter Southfield
William Gordon, planter Pedro Plains
Declaration showing 3 sheets & 6 words.
I testify that I have examined this Record with the original deed or writing of which it is a record and that it is a true copy
This Is the Last Will and Testament of me John James Senior of the district of Newell, in the Parish of Saint Elizabeth in the County of Cornwall, Jamaica, made this sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and one.
I Hereby revoke all wills by me at any time heretofore made. I appoint Mrs. Bonello James of Newell, Saint Elizabeth and Joseph Rowe, Esqre, Wheelwright, of Ridge Pen, Jamaica to be my Executrix and Executor, and direct that all my just Debts and Funeral and Testamentary Expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my nine surviving children namely, Joseph Alexander, William Arthur Steadman, Edward Samuel, Lydia R., Sybel Beatrice, Stafford Percival, Clara, Emma, and John Philip, my Property of one hundred and seventeen Acres of Land, more or less, situated in the "Newell" District and known by the name of "Mount Charles" to be divided among them as follows: - William A Steadman must have his portion of claim, Ten Acres,, connected with, and surrounding his present dwelling House: Also John Philip must have my present dwelling House, and other houses next to it (that is to say, after the decease of my dearly beloved wife, and after all the girls shall have been married) with sixteen acres of Land connected with and surrounding the said dwelling Houses for their sole use and benefit for ever.
I give and bequeath unto my nine above mentioned children my Property at Parotee, Saint Elizabeth, known by the name of "Little Bridge" (save and except Twelve Acres being the bonafide property of my dearly beloved wife Bonello James) to be equally divided among them for their sole use and benefit for ever.
I give and bequeath unto my nine surviving children namely, Joseph Alexander, William Arthur Steadman, Edward Samuel, Lydia R., Sybel Beatrice, Stafford Percival, Clara, Emma, and John Philip, my Property situate at Pedro, St. Elizabeth, known by the name of "Cassia Park", to equally divided among them for their sole use and benefit for ever.
I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife, Bonello James, Five Acres of Land situate at Assenaga Wood, St. Elizabeth, & known as "Barnes Piece", for her natural lifetime, after her decease the said Five Acres of Land is to be given to my well-beloved son John Philip.
I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved son, John Philip, my single seated Buggy, and set of harness, and my chestnut coloured draft mare, "Ada", and my other mare known by the name of "Bie Bie" for his sole use and benefit. That is to say after the decease of my dearly beloved wife Bonello James, she being entitled to the free use of them all during her natural lifetime.
I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved son John Philip, my silver open-faced Watch and chain for his sole use and benefit for ever.
I give and bequeath unto my beloved son William A. Steadman, my other silver open-faced Watch for his sole use and benefit for ever.
I direct that the entire number of my live stock(used in speculation) consisting of horse Kind, Cocos [?], and flock of sheep be sold by my Executrix and Executor, and the amount raised by the sale to be by them divided equally among my dearly beloved wife Bonello James, and my nine above mentioned children.
I further direct, that whatever outstanding amounts are due to me, if unpaid before my decease, should be collected as soon as conveniently after, and the amount to be given to my dearly beloved wife, Bonello James.
I also direct that after the decease of my dearly beloved wife, Bonello James, all my household Furnitures should be distributed among my Five above named girl children.
I give and bequeath unto my servant boy, Joseph Wright, a Filly to be chosen among my horse kind by my Executor, as a gift from me for his general good conduct and acceptable services.
I further Will and direct, that my dray and harness, and three draft mules be left for the use of the Property generally. Provided that each of the legatees contribute his or her full quota annually to the defraying of License bill for Cart, and Mules - general repairs of Cart and harness, and also the up keep of the animals themselves: Otherwise they must be sold, and the amount raised by the sale to be by my executors divided equally among my nine above named children and my dearly beloved wife Bonello James.
I further direct that my dearly beloved wife Bonello James be supported off each of the above mentioned property during her natural lifetime. In the event of her being married again such claims should thereupon cease.
I further direct a Road be allowed the legatees through the properties to their respective portions of claim wherever such road is absolutely necessary
I further direct & request that no portion of my above mentioned Properties should be sold Except to any of the within named legatees.
John J James
Signed by the Testator in the presence of us present at the same time, who at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses
1st WITNESS Name Joseph B. Ash (sign.)
Address Mtn. Side
2nd WITNESS Name William Samuels
Address Parottee...... (?)
This is the last Will and Testament of John James referred to in the oath of Executors as thereunto annexed.
Dated the 13th day of November 1901
Bonella X James Joseph Rowe
(sign. with her mark) (sign.)
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