Here is a transcription of the Will of John Halliday of Granville dated 11 March 1795:
In the Name of God Amen. The eleventh day of March, one thousand Seven hundred and ninety-five. I
of the Town of Granville, Cordwainer, being weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be unto God, therefore calling unto mind the Mortallity of my body, knowing that it is appointed unto all Men once to Die, Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, that is to say, principally, and first of all, I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth, to be buried in decent Christian burial, at the Discretion of my Executors, nothing Doubting, but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again, by the Almighty power of God~ And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and Devise and Dispose of the Same in the following manner and form-
First I give and bequeath to my two sons James and Charles Halliday, whom I likewise constitute, make and ordain my sole Executors of this my last will and testament, all and singular my lands, messuages, and tenements, by them freely to be possessed and enjoyed betwixt them, from the River to the Mountain top at the Decease of their Mother, on condition that they take care to provide sufficiently for her During her natural Life, She and they wishing to live together.
Also I give and bequeath to my Two Sons John and William Halliday betwixt them all my back Land from the Top of the Mountain to the Bay of Funday; and should they be Disposed to sell s’d land they are to give their Brothers Jas. & Charles the first offer~
Also it is my will and Desire that my Daughters Ann and Hannah shall each have a good Milch Cow and two Ewes when they Demand them~ And also I will to my Daughter Christiana Oliver one good Milch Cow when she shall Demand it, after my Decease~
It is my Desire and wish further, that at the Decease of my Wife, Eight Cows and Twenty sheep which I suppose will be then on the farm, shall be Equally Divided among my four sons-
Also I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and Disannul, all and every other former testaments, wills, Legacies, bequests and Executors by me in any ways before named, willed, and bequeathed; ratifying and confirming this, and no other, to be my last will and testament~
In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and Seal the Day and Year above Written.
Signed and sealed, published, pronounced and Declared by the Said John Halliday as his last will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers-
Here is a transcription of the Codicil of John Halliday of Granville dated 8 March 1796:
Be it Known unto all Men, that I
of Granville being still weak of body, but sound in mind and memory; and being Desirous to remove any Disputes that might arise (after my Death) between my wife
Elizabeth, and my children, and to settle everything in an amicable manner between them, I thought good, and it is my will and Desire, that the following things be added as Codicil to this my last will and Testament, in the manner following Viz.
In the first place, It is my will and Desire that Elizabeth my wife shall have her full third of the rent of my farm or Estate, to be paid her, as she shall Demand it and also a house or room to live in separate, If she finds it necessary to live apart from her children.
Secondly It is also my will that the Bed on which we at present lie, with every thing belonging there to, be given at my wife’s Death to my Daughter Hannah’s orphan Child, Ann Gould. Also I leave two good Ewes to s’d Ann Gould to be put out for twelve years to Doubled in four years; to be given to her with their increase when she comes to age.
Thirdly, I leave to my Daughter Ann Hutson (----) each one good Ewe, to be put out in the same manner as (----) above.
Fourthly, it is my will that my sons John and William (----) each have two milk Cows five sheep apiece, (----) Delivered (----) at the Death of their Mother. All this to be of Equal force as my will and Testament. Signed and sealed this twenty Eighth Day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety six, and in the presence of us the undernamed Witnesses to this Codicil~
It is also my will and Desire that John Gould be put to any trade he shall chose, when fit and also two Ewes to be put out as Expressed to his Sister.’