David Pewsey was my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather. He was born in England, immigrated to Canada, and then on to Iowa. He died in Buena Vista County, IA in 1887.
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I David Pewsey of the County of Buena Vista and State of Iowa being of sound disposing mind and memory and of full age, do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Alpharata Pewsey, all my estate, both real and personal in whatever it may consist or wherever situated at my death, to her own use and benefit, and to be by her owned, used and dispersed by the same as I might if were I living.
I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Alpharata and my Son David C. Pewsey, executors of this my last will and testament; and I request that they be required to give no bond as such executors and that in case either should fail to act in ___ then the other be sole executor. In witness whereof I have set my hand this 29 day of September A.D. 1884
David Pewsey X His Mark
The foregoing instrument was at the date thereof Subscribed by the Said David Pewsey in our presence and he at the same time declared the same to be his last will and testament; and by his request we signed our names thereto, as evidence both in his presence and the presence of each other.
Arthur Bradlicott of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Richard Ratcliff Buena Vista County, Iowa