Note: Source: Dolly Mae CD, Harbour Island, 2007 Edition. St. Johns Parish register.
1881 LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF WILLIAM THOMAS ALBURY HARBOUR ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Filed Thur 5th September 1884 J. H. Webb Reg
Bahama Islands Harbour Island
In the name of God. Amen-
I, William Thomas Albury of Harbour Island, shopkeeper, being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make publish and declare this to by my last Will and Testament in manner and form following- that is to say-
I wish my body to have a decent Christian burial, after which my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
With respect to my worldly Estate I give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Eliza Ann Albury all my property both real and personal and of whatever nature kind or description wheresoever the same may be situated or found at my death, for her sole use and benefit for and during her natural life, and after her my said wife's decease, all the said property (with the exception of my Dwelling House Premises situate in Crown Alley, Dunmore Town Town, Harbour Island and known in a plan of the said Island as Lot Number (72) bounded Northwardly by Reuben Cleare's Lot. Southwardly by a public road Eastwardly by Winer Bethel's lot and Westwardly by William Cashes lot. I give and bequeath unto my said Children..: William Alonzo Albury, Melissa Eneas, Joseph Johnson Albury, Mary Jane Cleare and Sophia Ann Albury. to share and share alike - but to my last named daughter Sophia Ann Albury, I, in addition to her previous mentioned share from my Estate leave her the aforesaid Dwelling & Premises situate in Crown Alley, Harbour Island & known as Lot No. 72. together with all household furniture and other effects, for her sole use and benefit, and to act with and sell or dispose of as she deems best.
If any one of my said Children should die prior to the settling or division of my estate, then his or her share or claim is to descend or be inherited by any child or children lawfully begotten of the said deceaseds and should them survive no child or or children of any such legatee they the said share of the deceased child or Legatee is to revert to my Estate and be equally divided with the surviving children or Legatees.
It is further my desire that three months after the decease of my beloved wife, that my Estate be closed and that each & every Legatee obtain, his, her of their lawful share as bequeathed by me.
And Lastly, my solemn request is, that after my death, no other claim or demand whatsoever be made against my Estate by any one of my said Children, or any other person in their behalf (excepting for the share bequeathed him, her or them by me); but if any such claim or demand be ever made, then the share due the child or Legatee out of my Estate making the same, (or made in such one's behalf), shall be forever forfeited and shall revert to the remaining Legatees for their equal benefit.
I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my beloved wife Eliza Ann Albury as Executrix and my sons William Alonzo Albury and Joseph Johnson Albury Executors to to this my last will and Testament, hereby revoiking all other former Wills and Testaments.
In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of March A.D. 1881.
William Thomas Albury
Signed, sealed, published & declared by the Testator William Thomas Albury as & for his last Will & Testament, who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our names as Witnesses to the due execution & publication thereof J. Stafford Solomon C. H. Chipman
Bahama Islands In the Court of Ordinary
In the matter of the last Will and Testament of William Thomas Albury late of Harbour Island shopkeeper deceases.
I, Charles H. Chipman at present of the Island of New Providence make Oath and say:
1. That I was present, and did see William Thomas Albury of Harbour Island shopkeeper, sign the paper hereto annexed, purporting to b his last Will and Testament. That the same was signed in the presence of myself and of J. Stafford Solomon of Harbour Island, and that we, in the presence of the said William Thomas Albury and in the presence of each other, subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
2. I further say that at the time the said William Thomas Albury so signed the said paper he appeared to me to be, and to the best of my blief was of sound mind, memory, and understanding, and fully capable of making a valid Will or other disposition of his property.
C. H. Chipman
Sworn to at Government House in the City of Nassau, in the Island of New Providence, this Eleventh day of September A.D. 1884 H. A. Blake Governor
Bahama Islands, In the Court of Ordinary
In the matter of the last Will and Testament of William Thomas Albury late of Harbour Island, shopkeeper deceased
To all to whom these presents shall come:
Be it known, that upon this being the 11the day of September A.D. 1884, the annexed paper writing preporting to be the last Will and Testament of William Thomas Albury late of Harbour Island shopkeeper deceased, was proved before me, in commom form by the oath of Charles H. Chipman at present of the Island of New Providence one of the attesting witneesses; who, being sworn upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, did depose and say, as set forth in his affidavit hereto annexed. Wherefore I, the said Ordinary, do hereby admit the said paper writing to be registered and recorded as the last Will and Testament of the said William Thomas Albury subject to solemn proof thereof, should the same hereafter be in due form of law required. And I hereby grant Administration of all and singular the Personal Estate and Effects of the said deceased subject to the provisions of the said Will unto William Alonzo Albury and Joseph Johnson Albury Executors therein named upon their qualifying to act in execution of the said Will. Witness my hand the Eleventh day of September A.D. 1884. Henry A. Blake Governor
Done in the presence of J. H. Webb Registrar
A true copy from the original Will November 4th, 1884. J. H. Webb Registrar
Transcribed from LDS Film #223221 09 September 2008 Joanne Coombs
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