"In the name of God, amen. I Caesar Wattleworth of Peeltown calling to mind
the uncertainty of human life and being now in a weak and infirm condition,
but of sound and perfect mind and memory, have therefore thought fit to dispose
my worldly concerns, and to make my last will and testament in manner and form
First, I give and recommend my immortal soul unto my Great Creator, God Almighty; humbly beseech him to pardon my manifold sins and transgression, through the merits and mediation of his dear Son Christ Jesus, my only Saviour and Redeemer. And as for my worldly concerns I dispose of them thus.
First, I leave and bequeath to the poor of Peeltown five shillings.
Item, I declare that my daughter Barbara Moore is not yet satisfied and paid in the portion that was promised her in marriage contract: which I order my Executor hereafter named, to discharge as soon as possible he can, as far as relates to my part thereof.
Item, I leave the large silver bowl to run as an heirloom; with the house and lands, mill, cottages, Abbey Land, and intacks and gardens of whatever nature, to pass and run xxx after by way of inheritance, unto my only son Caesar Watleworth and to his lawful issue forever, according to the Law and practice of this Island: desiring my dear and loving wife to give her full consent and assent to this my will in ever particular, especially xxx she would settle and dispose of all the houses, gardens, lands, mill, cottages and intacks &c., to pass in the nature of inheritance, unto my said son Caesar Watleworth, when I entreat to pay and discharge all my just debts, and to take the advice of his cousin Charles Watleworth in all weighty affairs. And I do constitute my said son my true and lawful Executor of all the rest of my goods moveable and immoveable whatever. As witness my name February 27, 1719/20. [signed] CaesarWattleworth. [signed her mark] Ann Wattleworth. Witnesses: William Cooper, James Young, Henry Wattleworth.
The Testator further declared that the cellar and garden near the shore should not xxx in the nature of inheritance, with his houses and lands mentioned in the will; but that the same should remain as chattels, to be deposited by his son as he shall think fit. Witnesses William Cooper, James Young.
The Executor sworn in Court in form of Law.
The wife of the Testator has (in the face of the Court) given her full consent and assent that her part of all the houses, miln, gardens, and lands shall go in the nature of inheritance according to the desire of the Testator, excepting the above house and garden at the shore, which are to remain as chattel. Pledges, the witnesses of the will.
May the 13th, 1720: William Cubbon enters a claim against the Executor of Caesar Wattleworth for the sum of five pounds, & craves the Law."