The Will of
James Campbell

Died 22nd October 1898
late of Blue Spur,
Otago, Miner
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This is the Last WILL and Testament of me
JAMES CAMPBELL of Blue Spur in the Provincial District of Otago New Zealand, Miner.

After payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses
I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my Son Charles Campbell of Blue Spur, Miner, my watch and two gold albert chains and also my Turning Lathe with all the tools thereto belonging.

The Residence and ground in Gabriel's Gully together with all the furniture, beds, bedding and all cooking utensils and other articles used in and about the House and also 4 head of cattle now running about the place, I Give and Bequeath equally to my three daughters namely Margaret Flatman or Campbell, Catherine Campbell, and Sarah Campbell so that they may live together;

But should they disagree, or either one, or other wish to separate from the others, then the whole of the above property in which they are equally, and joint owners, shall be sold by public sale, and the proceeds, after expenses are paid, shall be divided equally between the above named three daughters unless they can mutually agree to a division of the property and thus avoid a public sale, which would be better.

All property in and about the place such as Spring cart, Harness, saddle Bridle etc. and all other articles not immediately in use to be sold by public sale and the proceeds added to insurance policy money and all other money due me from whatever source accruing added together and divided into twelve (12) equal parts, to be delt with as follows:-

I Give and Bequeath
To Margaret Flatman or Campbell 3/12 of the above last above sum,
To Catherine Campbell 2/12,
To Annie Campbell 2/12
To Jane Campbell 1/12
To Maria Swanwick or Campbell 2/12 and
To Sarah Campbell 2/12.

I Give Margaret the most as she has had the most trouble in looking after the two little children Ivy and Molly and I hereby appoint Charles Campbell (my Son) Miner of Blue Spur and Thomas Cousins Farmer of Tuapeka West, or either of them, or survivor of them to be executors or executor of this my WILL.

As witness my hand this sixteenth day of July 1898
James Campbell Signiture Signed by the testator, James Campbell,
as and for his last will and testament
in the presence of us, who, in his presence,
at his request and in the presence of each other
have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses
Michael Drew -   Miner, Blue Spur
Oliver Dawson - Miner, Blue Spur

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[Marginal Note:]
Deceased sworn to have died on the twenty-second day
of October one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight
Len Eyes - Clerk.

In the District Court of the Otago Goldfields
Holden at Lawrence
In the matter of the will of James Campbell late of Blue Spur Miner deceased

Be it known to all men that on this twelfth day of November in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight the last will and testament of James Campbell late of Blue Spur in the Provincial District of Otago in the Colony of New Zealand Miner deceased a copy of which is hereunto annexed hath been exhibited read and proved before Charles Dudley Robert Ward Esquire the judge of this Honourable Court and administration of the estate effects and credits of the deceased had been and is hereby granted to;
Thomas Cousins of Blue Spur aforesaid Farmer and Charles Campbell of Blue Spur aforesaid Miner the executors in the said WILL and Testament named being first sworn faithfully to execute the said Will by paying the debts and legacies of the deceased as far as the property will extend and the law binds and also to exhibit unto the Supreme Court at Dunedin a true, full and perfect inventory of the said property on or before the first day of February one thousand eight hundred and ninety-nine and file a true account of their executorship on or before the first day of May one thousand eight hundred and ninety-nine.

Given under the seal of the said Court at Lawrence this 12th day of November one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight
Len Eyes - Clerk.

Transcribed by Stuart Park.

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