Posted By:James Mahar
Subject:Richard Pearis Will - Bahamas 1795
Post Date:January 24, 2005 at 17:30:55
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here is a transcription of a transcription of the will. The original seems hard to obtain and I understand it is difficult to read.

Bahama Island Registers Offices
Dated 09th December 1790
Recorded in the Office Book II Page 460
Proved 15 December 1794

Godís will be done, I Richard Pearis the Elder, of the Island of New Providence, one of the Bahama Islands, Esquire, being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and being desirous to settle my worldly Affairs, whilist I have Capacity so to do, Do Make and Publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revolking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made, And first and principally I commit my Soul uinto the hands of my Creator who gave it and my body to the Earth to be interred at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and as to such Worldly ---- where with it hath pleased God to intrust me, I dispose of the same as followth,

Imprimis I give bequeath and desire unto my wife Rhoda, in heir and bar of all Dower or Thirds, my three several Tracts of land on the Island of Abaco, Containing four hundred Acres, more or less, with the following Nine Negro Slaves to wit, Ishmael, Buisey, Rhina, Jack, Old Jenny, Rose, Venus, Sue and Bett, with the future Issue and increase of the said Female Slaves,

And also all my Furniture, and Plate, from and immediately after my decease for and during the Term of her natural life, likewise all Debts and Monies that at my decease shall remain due and owing unto me from my agents James Simpson and Alexander Shaw Esquires and from and immediately after her decease, then my will is, and I direct that the afore said Land, Negroes, Furniture and Plate and such of the said Debts and Monies, as remain undisposed of by my said wife may be valued by three indifferent persons to be chosen by my Executors, and divided equally between my son Richard and my Daughters Sarah and Margaret, Share and Share alike,

I also do hereby give and Devise my Lot of Land, Tenements, and Hereditaments, whereon I now reside, situated in the Western Suburbs of the Town of Nassau, with the retns Issues and Profits thereof, unto my said Wife Rhoda, form and immediately after my decease for and during the Term of her natural life, and After her deceases, then, I give an devise the same to my said Daughter Margaret, and the Heirs of her Body Lawfully to be begotten for ever, Four hundred Acres of land granted to me by the Governor and Council on Rum Key, likewise Ten Negroe slaves, known by the names of Smart, and his wife Doll, and her daughter Bett, Nancy and his sister Beck, Samson, Bog, Dina, {illegible) (illegible) and Sam, with the future Issue and Increase of the said female Salves, and my Horse and Chair, and for default of such Issue, then I give devise and bequeath the same, to my said Son Richard, and his Heirs for ever,

Also I give and devise and bequeath unto my said son Richard and his Heirs for ever, my Tract of Land containing four hundred Acres on the Caicos, and adjoining his own Tract, like wise my two Negro Slaves, called Dick and Adam, with all my wearing Apparel and my Gold Watch, also I give Devise and bequeath, unto my said Son Richard and his Heirs for ever, All property of what nature or kind so ever which I am entitled unto in the United States of America, with all Debts due and owing unto me by any Person resident within the said United States of America,

Also I give and devise my three Several Tracts of Land containing Five Thousand Acres more or less, situated on the River Pascagola in the Province of West Florida, unto my said three children Richard, Sarah, and Margaret, to be equally divided between them, Share, and Share alike,

Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandson John Pearis Cunningham my three Negroe Slaves named Polydore, James and his wife Bella dna the future Increase of the Negro named Bella,

Also I give and bequeath unto my grandson Richard Cunningham my four Negro Slaves named Prince, his wife Kate and their two sons Jack and Pearis and the future Increase of the Negro Kate.

Also I give and Bequeath unto my grandson Robert Cunningham my three Negro Salves named Primus, Young Jenny and Fame and the future Increase of the Female of the said Slaves,

And I hereby Nominate and appoint my said Son Richard, and my friends Thomas Forbes, and William Moss , of New Providence afore Said Esquires, Executors of this my last Will and Testament, In witness whereof I the said Richard Pearis the Elder have hereunto set my hand and seal, this Ninth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety, and in the thirty first year of his Majestyís Reign /

Richd Pearis Snr.

Signed, Sealed, published
And declared, by the above
Named Richard Pearis the Elder
And for his Last will, and
Testament in the presence of us,
Who have hereunto Ö.
Subscribed our names as witnesses
There to in the presence of the
Said Testator and in the presence
Of each other

William Jones
Chars. F. Taylor
Jno Armstrong

Bahama Island       )
New Providence        )       Personally appeared before me The Right Honorable John Earl of Dunmore His Majestys Lieutenant and Governor General of the said Island Chancellor Vice Admiral and Ordinary of the same John Armstrong of New Providence Attorney at Law who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God. Declares that he was present and did see the within Testator Richard Pearis sign, seal Publish and Declare and within Instrument to be his Last Will and Testament and that when he the Testator so did he was of sound disposing Mind, Memory and understanding according to this deponents best discerning and this deponent also further declares that he together with William Jones and Charles F. Taylor subscribed their names as Witnesses to the due Execution thereof

Jno Armstrong

Sworn to this 15th                     )
December 1794 Before Me        )