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Daniel Bishop's Last Will and Testament

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Date: 15 May 1847 [unknown]
Location: Annapolis, Nova Scotiamap
Surname/tag: Bishop
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In the name of God Amen, I Daniel Bishop of the Township, County of Annapolis and Province of Nova Scotia, Yeoman, being infirm in body but of a sound mind and knowing the frailty and uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make and ordering this as my last Will and Testament, and as true leaving my Worldly Estate wherewith God has seen to bless me with, I do order and direct to be disbursed as follows:

  1. I will and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my personal estate
  2. I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucy Bishop one third of my real and personal estate during her natural life (excepting tow cows and six sheep which I will to my Daughter Lucy Ann Bishop at my decease; and two feather beds with bedding and two bedsteads I will to my three sons, George E Bishop, John W Bishop, and Simon N Bishop at my decease.
  3. I give to my Daughter Lucy Ann Bishop in addition to the before mentioned legacy, two thirds of the third given to my wife at my wife’s decease
  4. I give to my Daughter Eliza Armstrong the remaining one third I have left to my wife at my wife’s decease and if the before named Eliza Armstrong should not live till that time, I will it to her children and if the before named Lucy Ann Bishop should not live to leave an heir, then her share before mentioned shall be equally divided between my daughter Eliza Armstrong and my wife’s daughter Elizabeth Stevens.
  5. I will and bequeath to my three sons, George E Bishop, John W Bishop and Simon N Bishop, the remaining two thirds of all my real and personal estate be to equally divided share and share alike.
  6. I will that my three sons before named pay to my daughter Eunice Bishop, fifteen pounds each (if she is willing to receive it) in the following manner – seven pounds ten shillings each, in one year after my youngest son is twenty one years of age. And seven pounds ten shillings to be paid by each of them in two years after the first payment, one half of each payment to be in cash and the other half in stock.
  7. I will to my Daughter Lucy Ann Bishop, all the household furniture that is given to my wife, at her decease. '
  8. I will that my son George E Bishop shall pay to my wife Lucy Bishop, five pounds a year after my decease for the keeping and bringing up of his child, until said child shall arrive to the age of twelve years unless the said George E Bishop shall otherwise provide for the said child.
  9. I will that if either of my three sons before named should die without issue, their share should go to his brother or brothers before named that may survive him
  10. And I do further direct and order that my Executors hereafter named shall oversee and manage until my youngest son shall arrive to the age of twenty-one years.
  11. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friends Samuel B Chipman, Thomas Bishop and Stephen Chipman Executors of this, my last will and testament.

In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal to these presents this fifteenth day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven. Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Stephen Shipman, Silus Thomas, George L Chipman.


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Since Daniel and Lucy were married in 1835, all of the children born prior to that time would have been in different relationships. I suspect that Daniel was married twice before Lucy as there is such a large gap between Eliza and John William. An interesting find is in the Horton Township Book ( page 20) where a Daniel Bishop married Olivia Coldwell and had 4 children (the first was born in 180? and the fourth was Elizabeth (Eliza) born 18??. Unfortunately, the scan does not show the last two numbers of the date. If Eliza was born in 1814, it is possible (likely?) that she is the daughter identified in the Will.
posted by Ken Campbell
There are a few oddities in this document, which Daniel did just two days before he died.

1. Daniel certainly seemed to favour his daughter Lucy Ann.

2. I am just now learning about Eunice Bishop. I don’t know her birthdate but it would appear that she and the family had a bit of a falling out as Daniel is concerned that she will not accept his effort to give her some money

3. It would appear that George E Bishop had a mystery child long before his marriage and that he left this child with his parents. Daniel is not pleased about this and expects George to offer up some support (until the child is 12….I guess self sufficiency was a bit earlier in those days)

posted by Ken Campbell
edited by Ken Campbell
I wonder if the mystery child from George E Bishop was Daniel Bishop born 05 Apr 1847. This Daniel was married on 05 Apr 1869 to Margaret Ann Marshall, In the church record, Daniel identifies his parents as Daniel and Lucy Bishop. This is unlikely true as he would then have been identified in the will. I suspect he is George's son and that he was raised by Lucy following her husband's death in May, 1847. I am assuming that George was married to this baby's mother, as he gave him the Bishop name and even named him after his grandfather. There is no record that I have seen that identifies this first wife
posted by Ken Campbell