Will of Conrad Ring, 1814

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Will of Conrad Ring, 22 March, 1814

On the twenty second day of the month of March in the year of our Lord Christ, one thousand eight hundred & fourteen, I, Leon Lalanne, a Notary Public, residing at Shefford in the County of Richelieu in the District of Montreal in the Province of Lower Canada went to the dwelling house of Conrad Ring in the Seigniory of St. Armand in the County of Bedford in the District aforesaid, yeoman, who that in an ill state of health yet of sound mind & memory & understanding, as appeared unto me the said Notary & unto the Witnesses herein after named, and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the times thereof and to the end that he may be the better prepared to leave this world whenever it shall please God to call him hence, did make, name & unto us the said Notary & Witnesses, dictate this his last will & testament in manner following, that is to say,- Firstly with Christian faith & humility commends his soul into the hands of Almighty God and his body to the earth from whence it came to be therein intered in a decent & Christian like manner,- Secondly, as to the wordly [worldly] estates

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and property wherewith it hath pleased God to entrust him he disposeth of the same as follows, that is to say, He the said Conrad Ring, Testator doth hereby give, devise, & bequeath unto David Nelson Ring his grandson, son of Peter Ring, issue of his marriage with Rebecca Rous all and singular the real & immovable property & Estates whereof he the said Testator shall, at the day of his decease be possessed wheresoever the same may be lying & situate, and likewise all & singular the real & immovable property which might thereafter escheat unto him the said Testator by reversion or otherwise, to have and to hold all & singular the same with all the rights, members & appurtenances thereunto belonging, unto the said David Nelson Ring, his heirs & assigns to his & their only proper use & behoof for ever by virtue of these presents, subject only to the payment of the legacies & charges herein after to be mentioned. The said Testator further doth give devise & bequeath unto the said Rebecca Rous his beloved daughter-in-law unto the said David Nelson Ring, Hannah Luceta Ring, Charlotte Maria Ring & Catherine

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Rebecca Ring his grand children and to their respective heirs & assigns all & singular the personal & moveable property & Estates of what nature soever, whereof he the said Testator shall at the day of his decease be seized or possessed to be between them divided & partitioned as follows, that is to say: The household furniture & all the live stock, equally between them and the remainder, i.e., all other kinds of movables of what nature so ever to remain in the possession and as the property of the said David Nelson Ring for his only proper use & that of his heirs & assigns. And as for the charges & legacies which as herein before implied it is the intention of the said Testator to subject the said David Nelson Ring to, they are as follows, to wit: Firstly that he shall pay and discharge all the lawful debts which he the said Testator at the day of his decease, may be owing. Secondly, that he the said David Nelson Ring shall support & maintain the aforesaid Rebecca Rous, his mother, decently & comfortably as becometh her rank in life so long as she shall remain the wife or widow of the aforesaid Peter Ring. Thirdly & lastly, that he shall pay unto the aforesaid Hannah Luceta Ring, Charlotte Maria Ring and Catherine

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Rebecca Ring his sisters and unto each of them, the sum of twenty five pounds currency of the Province aforesaid, at such periods & in such manner as he the said David Nelson Ring & his said sisters may agree or in case they shall not agree at such periods & in such manner as the said Rebecca Rous, their mother, & two of the nearest & most reputable & respectable neighbours of the said David Nelson Ring may think most just consistent with his abilities. And it is the said Testator’s will & pleasure that if he should depart this life before the said David Nelson Ring should attain the age of twenty one years that she the said Rebecca Rous, his mother, if she should still be the wife or widow of the aforesaid Peter Ring, shall, if unto her should seem most moot & advantageous enter into possession of all the property & Estate, real & personal whereof he the said Testator may at the day of his decease be possessed and hold the same in trust & use & enjoy the profits thereof until the said David Nelson Ring shall have attained the age of twenty one years firstly causing a legal inventory to be made of the whole. But that if she shall, before the said David Nelson Ring shall have attained the age of twenty one years, pass into a

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second marriage, she shall cause a legal inventory to be made of the said property & Estates with a legal contradictor and that the same be secured in the best & most advantageous manner until the said David Nelson Ring shall have attained the age aforesaid. And further that if he the said David Nelson Ring should die before he shall have attained the age of twenty one years without having any children lawful issues of his body, & all & singular the property & estates hereby unto him given & bequeathed shall pass & escheat to his aforesaid sisters or the lawful heirs, issue of their bodies subject always to the support & maintenance as aforesaid of the said Rebecca Rous, their mother. And likewise that if the said Hannah Luceta Ring, Charlotte Maria Ring or Catherine Rebecca Ring or either of them shall die without having lawful issue of her or their bodies, that the legacy & portion of movable property hereinbefore unto each of them devised & bequeathed shall pass & escheat unto the said David Nelson Ring & to

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those of his above named sisters as may survive or the lawful issues of their bodies & by & between them be equally divided. For this the said Testator hath dictated this his last will & testament and for the due execution thereof did & doth hereby nominate & appoint the aforesaid Rebecca Rous the Executrix thereof. And hath hereunto set & subscribed his name after the aforegoing being unto him read twice over in the presence of Ezekiel Brown & John McIntosh, both of St. Armand, yeomen, who with me the said Notary have also hereunto set & subscribed our names in faith & testimony of the promises the day & year first before written. N.B. Three renvois in margin approved & paraphed are good. Thirty six words obliterated are null. Signed Ezekial Brown / Conrad Ring / John McIntosh / Leon Lalanne

And on the fifth day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & nineteen, in the office of & before the

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subscribing Notary Public personally appeared Conrad Ring this Testator in this foregoing testament named, who in the presence of the said Notary & of the witnesses herein after named declared that for reasons & causes to him best known he hath revoked & made null and by these presents doth revoke, make null & void from henceforth for ever his foregoing will & testament and every matter & thing therein contained, of which revocation he the said Conrad Ring hath requested this act and after it being duly read hath thereunder set & subscribed his name in the presence of John Porter and John Baker Esq., the said witnesses who with the said Notary have also set their names thereunder the day and year aforesaid. Signed John Porter / Conrad Ring / John Baker / L. Lalanne