Will of Martin Shier Written 29 Jul 1815 Probated 18 Aug 1815 RG48 Vol. 421 S57 PANSMicrofilm 19421 Transcribed by Nancy Shier Crocetti 30 Sep 2005
In The Name of God Amen
I MARTIN SHIER of Halifax, in the Province of Nova Scotia Gentleman being advanced in years and of perfect mind memory and understanding thanks be given to God for the same calling to mind the uncertainty of life and that it is appointed for all Men to die do make and publish this my last will and testament and first and principally I recommend my Soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it, and my body to the earth for Christian Burial not doubting but I shall receive the same at the General Resurrection by the mighty power of God.And as touching such worldly Estates as it had pleased to entrust me with I give and dispose of the same as follows. I give devise and bequeath all my Real and personal Estate of what nature or kind soever to my beloved niece MARY WINTER daughter of WILLIAM and ROSE WINTER late of Gibraltar deceased To Hold to her and her heirs and assigns forever subject to the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses and making my Real Estate subject to the further Condition that if the said MARY WINTER shall die before marriage that the said Real Estate shall be sold as soon after her death as conveniently may be and the proceeds of such Sales be distributed by my Trusteesherein after named in the following manner.That is one equal fourth part to MARGARET MUNRO of New Brunswick HANNAH McMASTERS and ELIZABETH TULLACK of Halifax daughters of HENRY SHIER late of Halifax deceased to be divided between them Share and Share alike and one other fourth part to my Brother JULIUS SHIER of New York or to his legal Representative in case of his death and one other fourth part to my beloved Nephew and niece WILLIAM and MARY ELEANOR BAKEWELL of New York to be divided between them share and share alike, And it is my intentions and Will that my said Niece shall immediately after my decease have and enjoy all my personal Estate to her own use forever and when she marries Shall have the free and uncontrolled use of all my Real Estate to hold to her heirs and assigns forever.And I do hereby nominate Constitute and appoint my said Niece MARY WINTER Executrix and trusty friends JACOB MILLER, ROBERT SETSON, BENJAMIN ETTER SENIOR and JOHN SETSON Executors of this my Last Will and Testament herby revoking and annulling all former Wills by me made in Witness whereof I have hereunto let my hand and Seal this Twenty Ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
Signed Sealed published and delivered by the said MARTIN SHIER the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto Subscribed our names
HENRY H. COGSWELL THOMAS G. KEEGAIN DANE MILLER MARTIN SHIER
Proved in Common form of Law this 18th day of August A.D. 1815 on oath of THOMAS G. KEEGAN MDone of the subscribing witnesses