ࡱ> Y ,)bjbjWW -N==,%]$$$$$$$88888Lt8V <:vvvvvvv       $  A $vvvvvA $$vv<v2$v$v 88$$$$v   S$$ v|@56dc88 Here is the will of Hannah Knowles LAST WILL OF HANNAH KNOWLES - 1828LONG ISLAND, BAHAMASPLEASE NOTE THAT THE UNDERLINED WORDS ARE MY BEST POSSIBLE GUESS.In the name of God Amen - This Sixth day of September in the year of our LordOne thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight.I, HANNAH KNOWLES of Long Island and parish of Saint Paul's one of the BahamaIslands aforesaid widow - being of weak state of body but of perfect memory, thanksbe given to God - therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed to all mankind 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 Sacred Christian Burial at the discretion of my children or appearing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty favour of God.And as my Worldly Estate wherewith it hath feleated God to blessme in this life, I give, desire and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.First, I give and bequeath to my FIVE CHILDREN herein after mentioned - my Daughters MARY RATTRAY and ANN SUSANNAH RAHMING my SonsCHARLES, WILLIAM and ABRAHAM the following negros to be extra and abovetheir proportions herewith after Willed and bequeathed, namely I give and bequeathto my daughter MARY RATTRAY, a negro man named Frank and a negro girlnamed Miney, her first child a girl named Georgina Eliza, and second child a boynamed Thomas Richard these two children of Miney I give freedom to for certainconditions, in lieu of the first I give my daughter MARY a negro boy, named Sam,all the future issue of the woman Miney falls to my daughter MARY RATTRAY to mydaughter ANN S. RAHMING an negro man named Ben, a negro woman namedSall Wilson with her five children namely, Ann, Joe, Fanny, Delia and Caroline,with all her and his future issue. To my son CHARLES a negro man namedEdinborough and a negro girl named Hannah with all her issue. To my son WILLIAM a negro man named Black Sam, and a negro woman named Dinahwith all her present and future issue also another negro named Sam Wilson. Tomy son ABRAHAM a Negro man named Quamana and a negro woman named Oplbe with her present and future issue. I also give and bequeath to my sonsALEXANDER, THOMAS and JOSEPH (deceased) children, the followingnegros to be an extra and above their portion herein after Willed and bequeathednamely to my son ALEXANDER a negro boy named Benjamin and a negro girlnamed Mary with all her issue. To my son THOMAS a negro man named Deal,to my son JOSEPH's children a negro man named Cuffy and further I give andbequeath to my son ABRAHAM a negro boy named Mingo - to them and theirheirs forever, but the above mentioned negros are not to be sold, mortgaged orin any wise encumbered by debts and in case any of the above mentioned childrenof mine should die without issue lawfully begotten, then and in that case their said partis to revert to my family to be equally divided amongst the whole of the surviving -WILL OF HANNAH KNOWLESLONG ISLAND, BAHAMAScontinuedSecondly - I give and bequeath to my six sons, and two daughters the remainingpart of my property namely - to my son ALEXANDER a negro man named Jennings.To my son CHARLES a negro man named Mingo. To my son THOMAS a negrowoman named Patience and a boy (her son) named Charles. To my son JOSEPH deceased children a Negro woman named Kate. To my son WILLIAM my dwelling house and improvements on the place called the Crossing Hill. To my daughters MARY RATTRAY my large feather bed. To my daughter ANNSUSANNAH RAHMING my chest of drawers, bedstead, large dining table and acertain sorrel colored Mare and her colt and future inertia. To my granddaughterHANNAH C. RAHMING a certain gray Mare called Jenny with the future inertia.Also, I give and bequeath to my six sons, ALEXANDER, THOMAS, CHARLES,JOSEPH deceased CHILDREN, WILLIAM, AND ABRAHAM and to my two daughtersMARY RATTRAY and ANN S. RAHMING and their heirs lawfully begotten, all my houses and lots in the Eastern District of the Town of Nassau in the island ofNew Providence, to be equally divided amongst them, but not by any means to besold out of the Family, and in case any of my children should wish to live in the Dwelling House on one of the said lots after it is repaired, they are to pay a smallrent for the same to be equally divided amongst the whole of my children. - But theBuilding called the Stone House on said lots of dwelling House is never to be rentedto any one but to remain for the use of the Family when they go to Nassau from anyof Out Islands wherein they may reside and the Cellar of said House to be for theiruse to store whatever they may bring down with them that is fit to put in such a place,but it is fourthly known and understood that as part parcel or share in the abovementioned house and lots no more than the negros mentioned in the first bequestare to be mortgaged, sold, or in any way encumbered by the debts of any or allof my said children, to go free from heir to heir as long as water flows and grass grows.Thirdly, - whereas my negro women Beck and Betty has been very attentive to me in my sickness, I do give them both their freedom.Fourthly, I do give and bequeath to my granddaughters Mary and Margaret Knowles,daughters of my STEPSON SAMUEL KNOWLES the sum of forty pounds Bahamascurrency to be paid them by my Executor hereafter named, out of my Estate.Fifthly, and all and every other part of my property both real and personal that I maydie possessed of after paying all my just Debts, I do give and bequeath the same to all EIGHTof my Children before named to be equally divided amongst them, share and share alike.And Lastly, I nominate, constitute, and appoint my Son THOMAS KNOWLES, andSon-in-Law GEORGE RAHMING, as Executors to this my last Will and Testament,and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments,WILL OF HANNAH KNOWLESLONG ISLAND, BAHAMAScontinuedWills, Legacies, Bequest and Executors by me in anywere before named notice andbequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.In witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and seal at Long Island, the day and yearbefore written.Signed, Sealed, Published anddeclared by the said HANNAHKNOWLES as and for her LastWill and Testament in the presence of us who in the presence of each other havesubscribed our names as Witness thereto-JOHN WELLS JUNIORJOHN H.M. 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KNOWLESBAHAMA CODICILA CODICILBe it known to all namely those present, that I HANNAH KNOWLES of the Long Island - Widowhave made and declared by my Last Will and Testament in writing bearing date Sixth day ofSeptember one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight - I the said Hannah Knowles by this presentCodicil do ratify and confirm my said Last Will and Testament except the woman Betty whom I freedin my Last Will, I do now by this Codicil give and bequeath unto my daughter ANN SUSANNAHRAHMING, also a Silver Ladel - I also request that Beck whom I leave freedom in my last Will and Testament , that she will give assistance to my daughter Ann Susannah in child bearing, and my willand meaning as, that this Codicil or schedule, be adjudged to be a part and parcel of my Last Willand Testament, and that things therein mentioned and contained be faithfully and truly performed.Witness of my hand and seal this Sixteenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine.HANNAH KNOWLESWITNESSES:JOHN WELLS JUNIORJOHN H.M. 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