note: these are extracts and may not be complete.


1788. Will of John Baptist Bachman of Lunenburg, yeoman.  
   First to son John Bachman the following land in Lunenburg; Half
of 30-acre lot #16 and #17 on Second Peninsula, 30-acre lot Number 3
Letter B in Mahone Bay, 300-acre lot #14 Second Division Number 1
Letter B, one town lot in Zouberbuhler's Division B, one town lot
in Zouberbuhler's Division Letter E Number 3 and all residual real
and personal property.
Second, to daughters Elizabeth Moether and Philippena Lay or heirs, 30-acre lot in Lunenburg and lying in Mahone Bay Letter C Number 1 to be equally divided and each receiveing 30 pounds currency to be paid by son John. To my two step-daughters Mary Eva Wittman and Sebila Eisenhauer, 1 shilling sterling each. Francis Rudolf was executor, will sealed 10 Jan 1788, witnesses Philip Herman, Jacob Lay and J. Peter Herman

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1846. Will of Samuel Ball, Oak Island, Book 1, pg.37, Dated 1 Oct. 1841,
Probated 5 Jan. 1846, wit. John Barkhouse Sr., James Brewer, George Keddy 
and John Zwicker, Gold River.  Executors Rev. Joseph Dimock, Anthony
Vaughan and wife Catherine.  After funeral expenses etc.
I Give my wife, Catherine, the furniture, wearing apparel and all Real and Personal Estate during her life. First, situated and lying between lands owned by John Berghaus and Daniel Mc Innis, containing about 100 acres; also an Island called Hook Island containing 3 acres, all my farm at Oak Island containing ?? acres more or less. All Cultivated Land during her life and then to Mrs. Best until her decease.
Grandson, Simeon, to have the half of the 100 acre lot between John Barkhouse and Daniel Mc Innis, the Ploughed Land, house and barn from John Mc Innis's line.
I give all my real estate and personal estate, the half of the 100 acre lot to my servant Isaac Butler, if he takes the name Ball, if he dies without male issue it is to go to friend Henry Joudrey's son, Alexander William, and if he dies without male issue to Isaac Parsons' son. None shall possess same unless they take the name Ball.
Mrs. Elizabeth Best to be comfortably maintained during her life, and if she should survive his wife she is to have control of house and farm during her life.
If grandson dies without male issue the land results to Isaac Butler. After decease of wife and Mrs Best, the Executors to give cattle to the amount of 15 to the Bible Society.

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1794. Will of J. Nikolas Berghaus, Will Book 1 pg. 123 24 # 63, Dated
20 Aug. 1786, the 26 th. year of His Majesty's Reign, Probated 
17 March 1794, witnesses Gottlob Newman, John Paul Miller
and Robert Lord.
Two sons, Johannes and Philip, all his Real and Personal Estate, lands, buildings thereon, cattle, clothing, house and"zetto"?? cash to be divided unto them in equal shares.
Daughters, Elizabeth Kuok, Susanna Hornlby, [Hubley], Appollonia Rehfrus and Barbara Bender, 1 shilling each, and no more.
Grandsons Philip Knic, Cuck, Kuok, Jacob Rehfrus and John Bender, 5 each when they arrive at age 21 years by sons, John and Philip, but without interest.

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1861. Will of J. Philip Berghaus, Will Book 4 pg. 188, Dated. 
28 April 1860, Probated 23 Jan. 1862, wit. John Langille, Maria Keddy
and John Keddy Sr. and Jr., Executors, three sons, Alexander,
George and John David.
To faithful and beloved wife Catherine, horse, wagon, harness, sleds, saddle and all other gear belonging to said horse. Each of three sons shall pay mother the sum of 20 shillings yearly making sum of 3, during her life, wife shall have the priviledge of being ruler as long as she lives and bears his name.
George and John David, the homestead and a piece of land below the street called the mill land.
Son Alexander, the piece of land he is now living on.
All the rest of property to three sons in equal portions, three sons to pay daughters, Lousea, wife of Solomen Spidle 10, Eliza Barkhouse 10, also a Cow and a Spinning Wheel, Elizabeth, Mariam, Sophia, Abigail and Sophia each to receive 10, one Cow and one (1) Spinning Wheel, sons to give one bed to daughters who did not receive one.

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1804. Will of John James Bezanson, of Chester, #106, 
Dated 20 May 1800.  Probated 9 March 1804 at Lun. pg. 203, by John 
Creighton, Judge of Probate; Executors Anthony Vaughan and
Peter Corkum, wit. Anthony Vaughan, John Prescott and
Joseph Dimock.
After discharging my Just Debts and Funeral Expenses, I Give and Bequeath to my loving wife, Anna Mary, the Use of 1/3 of all my Real Estate, with all the privileges and appurances thereto belonging while she lives and likewise the Free Use of the House and Lot on which I now live, with the Use of the Meadow up at Still Water, while she Lives and Remains my Widow, and if she marries a man that can agree with my children and they with him, he shall with her share, in all the above demised priviledges: but if they cannot agree together, he shall leave the house, but the improvement of 1/3 of my real estate shall be her dowry while she lives. After my youngest child is of age, the lot on which I now live may be let to either of my sons, with whom she choose to live, but still she shall have the government of the place.
I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved son, Joseph, all the land or lands I have possessd of on Oak Island in this Township, likewise an Equal Share with each of his brothers hereafter named, in the 500 acre Lot I, Draughed ? in this Township to him and his heirs and assigns forever, likewise what he stands indebted to me, he shall be discharged of at my death.
I give and bequeath to my well beloved sons, Alexander, John George, Gideon, John, John Casper, John William, Peter and Benjamin, to each of them an Equal Share of all the Estate, Real and Personal, I Stand possessed of not other ways disposed of in this my Last Will and Testament, to them, their Heirs and Assigns forever. Yet it is my will that they keep together with their mother and sisters and peacefully submit to the ruler of the family and to exert themselves jointly in paying my lawful debts till they are paid, and if any one of them shall refuse to comply with those conditions, he shall have no share of my estate until my youngest child is of age.
Not withstanding, if any one of them shall choose to marry and settle himself before my debts are paid, they shall choose what place they will, of my land on the Main, except the place on which I now live, and there by the judgement of my Executors shall have their portion set off to them, but still to assist in discharging my debts, but if any of those settled shall refuse to assist in paying my debts they shall loose all the profits of the Mill and Stream on which it stands.
If they two ? First of them, that shall settle, shall choose the place I bought of John Pennals, if is thought by my Executors, to be more than their Portion of my Estate then shall they pay the value of the overplush ? to him or them that is deficient.
It is likewise My Will that the Meadow up at Stillwater shall be Equally Divided among my eight sons, last mentioned, after their Mother hath done with it, according to this My Last Will and Testament.
I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved daughters, Ann Mary and Barbara, all the land I possessed on the Gooseberry Island, to be delivered to them when they marry or are of age on the same conditions as my sons last mentioned, to them, their heirs and assigns forever, but if they leave my family and refuse to assist in paying my debts then they are not to receive any of my estate till my youngest child is of age, or if after they have their portions set off to them, they refuse to assist in the same they shall lose all the profits arising from the Mill. But if they shall carry it well toward their mother and submit to my wishes as here expressed, they shall have each of them a cow and a bed after my debts are paid or when they shall get married, but if the land on the Gooseberry Island shall be thought by my executors to be worth more than 100 currency the over plush shall be paid to my sons last mentioned.
It is my will those of my children that have not got education, shall have as good given, as those that are grown up.
I likewise Constitute, Make and Ordain Mr. Anthony Vaughan and Mr Peter Corkum of this Town, to be the Executors of this My Last Will and Testament and Do Hereby Disallow, Revoke, and Disannul, all and every Former Will and Legacy Testament Bequests and Executors by me in any way wise named, Willed or Bequeathed heretofore ratifying and confirming this to be my Last Will and Testament, in Witness whereof I have Set My Hand and Seal hereunto this 20 th. day of May in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred.
John J. Bezanson, made his mark.

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