The Will of Charles Collett (Ref. 1M44) of Prince Edward Island

was made on 29th October 1861

and proved on 10th June 1862

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In the name of God Amen, I Charles Collet of Summerside in Prince County, Prince Edward Island being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the inability of my body and knowing that it is appointed for 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 succumbed unto the earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but I shall at the general resurrection given the same again by Almighty Power of God and as teaching such worldly state wherein it has pleased God to bless me in this life


I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, namely


First my will is that whereas bills and other expenses shall be paid out of my estate by my executors herein after named, as soon after my decease as possible


Secondly I give devise and bequeath to my son Charles Collett jr the provision or remainder of a plot of land situate in the town of Summerside purchased by me from Jonathan Weatherby and wife, as per indenture of purchase dated 9th day of June 1855 and registered in the Registry Office of Deeds in Charlotte Town Liber 70 Folio 491 together with all buildings and improvements thereon now enacted [the next few words about ‘movable effects’ has been ruled through and deleted]

the whole having been valued at Two Hundred and Eighty Pounds lawful money of Prince Edward Island by Colin McLennan, Thomas Beattie and David Rogers, as per memorandum of valuation dated at Summerside aforesaid on 26th day of October inst.


To have and to hold the same to him the said Charles Collett jr by his hand and assigned from and after this date to his and their proper use and which occurs on the following condition, that is to say, the said Charles Collett jr from the date hereof is by these presents to decently support and clothe one home the remainder of my natural life and to pay Twenty Shillings currency per year of that money and comply with the payments as mentioned in the sixth ..... underneath, that the said Charles Collett failing to support and clothe in a decent manner according to the true intent and meaning of these presents shall forthwith cease to be the proper occupant of the above described plot of land and appurtenances and shall then ...... to be disposed of as I may further direct - ......... to remain in, and hold full possession of, as where stated – and when I the said Charles Collett am in health I shall be at liberty to make as many cart saddles as I can, favourably dispose the proceeds thereof to be applied as I shall think fit and I also, when in health, hereby agreed to work as usual dividing my spare time beyond the above, the proceeds thereof to be applied to the use and benefit of the said Charles Collett jr


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Thirdly I give and bequeath to my said son Charles Collett jr one flock bed and Five Pounds lawful current money of said island on account of extra trouble with, and


Fourthly I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna one feather bed and a pair of blankets


Fifthly I give and bequeath to my daughter Miriam Gould one flock bed and a pair of blankets


Sixthly I give and bequeath to my six children, namely Charles Collett, Sarah Goldsmith, Ann Bears (Beers), Miriam Gould, Mary Chaswell, and Susanna Collett, each and severally one equal proportion of the residue or remainder of my real and personal estate valued at £285 as aforesaid, first deducting there from debtors bill and funeral expenses, Five Pounds currency, three beds and two pairs of blankets as stated above, the balance being the residue or the remainder to be equally divided, the same to be paid to them or their heirs or assigns by the said Charles Collett jr his heirs or assigns out of my estate should he or they confirms to remain therein or in possession of thereof one half of each individual persons proportion to be paid to them at the expiration of Twelve Months after my decease, and the other half or proportion to be paid at the expiration of Two Years after my decease


And lastly I do nominate and by these presents appoint Colin T H Steward of Summerside, merchant, and Charles Collett jr, my son also of Summerside, to be executors of this my Last Will and Testament


In testimony whereof I the said Charles Collett have to this my Last Will and Testament subscribed my name and affixed my seal at Summerside aforesaid in Prince County, Prince Edward Island the 29th day of October 1861


Signed by Charles Collett

                                                                                                in his own hand


Signed sealed published as declared by the said

Charles Collett as and for his Last Will and Testament

in the presence of us who at his request and in his

presence and in the presence of each other have

subscribed our names as instructed thereto. 

The words and certify with the payments mentioned

in the sixth section being first interlined on the

2nd page between 8th and 9th lines



Mr Power

Samuel Gould

William Pleasant




The six named children of Charles Collett are:

Charles Collett jnr (Ref. 1N72), Susanna Collett (Ref. 1N79)

Sarah Goldsmith (Ref. 1N75), Ann Beers (Ref. 1N76)

Miriam Gould (Ref. 1N77) and Mary Chaswell (Ref. 1N78)