The Last Will and Testament of Hugh MacLeod (ca 1795-Mar 15 1866, French River)
PEI Archives RG 6.2 Series 1 Wills Vol. 7 p. 185-186
This is the last Will and Testament of me Hugh McLeod of French River New London in Prince Edward Island Farmer being at this time sound both in mind and memory, though weak in body. Firstly I direct that all my just debts Funeral and Testamentary expenses be duly paid and satisfied by my Executors hereinafter named so soon as may be convenient after my decease. Secondly I give devise and bequeath to my Son John and Daughter Christy The Farm whereon I now reside situate at the head of French River and held by me under Lease equally between them together with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging and all in singular the Stock, Crop, farming implements, Household Furniture debts, money and all and other my Goods and effects save and except my other bequests hereinafter made and expressed. That is to say, I give and bequeath to each of my daughters, namely, Ann Isabella, and Sarah the sum of Twenty pounds each and to my daughter Margaret the sum of Five Pounds, to be paid to each of them by my Executors by instalments, that is to say, Five pounds to each within twelve months after my decease and Five pounds yearly till paid. I also give and devise to my grandson John Grant nine acres of Land situate at French River and known as Chappel’s Cove Point to hold to him and his heirs for ever, on his paying to my Executor the sum of Ten Pounds currency of P. E. Island. I also give and devise to my Executors hereafter named whom?(illegible) trust to preserve, and transfer to my Son Hugh should he return to this Island, or be heard from within the space of Five years, seven acres of Land situate at the head of French River and adjoining my Farm whereon I now reside together with the dwelling house and other buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging to hold to him and his heirs for ever but in the event of his not returning to this Island or being heard of or from within the time hereinbefore mentioned and limited then and in that case the said land and premises to be sold by my said Executors and the proceeds thereof to be applied as follows that is to say, Ten pounds to my Grandson James Wellington McLeod to be paid him by my Executors and also the sum of Ten pounds to my grandson Neill McLeod to be paid to him or his grandson by my Executors and the residue and remainder of the proceeds of the said land and premises after deducting the expenses of my Executors in the sale and disposition thereof to be equally divided between my said Daughters Ann Margaret Isabella and Sarah or their heirs then living. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my Son John and Brother John McLeod Executors of this my will hereby revoking all former and other wills by me heretofore made. I declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Hugh McLeod have hereunto set my hand this Twenty first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty six.
Signed by the said Testator
(Signed) Hugh X McLeod)
Hugh McLeod in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witness is hereto and declared by him as his last Will and Testament.
The words "situate at the head of French River and held by me under lease" on first page and the word McLeod on the last page being first interlined
(Signed) Jas. Pidgeon
This will was proved on the 27th March 1866 on the oath of James Pidgeon, a subscribing witness, and on the same day Probate was granted to the Executors therein named.
Judge of Probate