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      In the name of God Amen I James Wesley of the Town of Shelburne in the County of Queens County in the Province of Nova Scotia Planter. being weak in body but of sound mind and memory(blessed be God) do make and ordain this my last will and testament, , that is to say principally and first I give and commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my executor and as touching wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I gave and disposed of the same in the following manner and form. First I give and bequeath unto my Negro wench named Cynda her freedom as also her daughter named Sally, and Polly, as well as her sons named James, Billy, Sam and John their freedom, at the same time it is my true intent, and meaning that the said children shall as soon as may be after my death be put apprentice to some business or in some family until they arrive at the age a copy of this my Will, will shall be sufficient to prove that they are then free to all intents and purposes anything to the contrary notwithstanding. Also I give and bequeath all my real and personal estate wherever and whatsoever it may be at the time of my death to be equally divided among my said wench Cynda and her children share and share alike, anyone dying before they arrive at the age of twenty one, her proportion or their proportion to be divided amongst the ? or survivors. And I make constitute and ordain my good friend James Smith to be my executor in trust for my wench and her children, And I do hereby utterly disallow ? and ? all and every other former testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five.

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said James Wesley as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.

John Hoofse

William Moses                                     James Wesley

Hugh Walker