The Last Will and Testament of James Laird (-1879, New Glasgow)
Know all men by these presents that I James Laird of New Glasgow in Queens County being of sound and disposing mind do make and publish this my last will and Testament.
I the aforesaid James Laird so do devise and bequeath to Janet wife of James C Houston the sum of ($150.00) One hundred and fifty dollars including what she or her husband may have already received from me, and to Catherine wife of Alexander McDonald the sum of (150.00) one hundred & fifty dollars including what she or her husband may have already received from me and I further devise and bequeath the sum of $200.00 Two hundred dollars to the French Evangelization Fund and the further sum of $100.00 one hundred dollars to the funds of the Foreign Mission of the Presbyterian Church and the further sum of one hundred dollars ($100.00) to the funds of the British and Foreign Bible Society one half of the above Bequests to be paid and before the 1st day of January one thousand eight hundred & eighty one /1881 and the remaining half on or before the 1st day of January one thousand eight hundred and eighty two (1882) and to my daughter Margaret all the Balance of my real and personal property remaining after my decease and after all funeral and Testamentary expenses and all other debts due and demands against any estate have been paid and I do appoint James Laird the younger and James Miffed the Elder both of New Glasgow to be my executors of this my last will and Testament and I do further appoint James Laird the younger of New Glasgow to be Guardian of my daughter Margaret during her minority and I do further authorize my executors to see my real estate during my daughter Margaret minority providing she gives her consent to the sale thereof.
In witness whereof I the said James Laird said have to this my last will and Testament set my hand and seal this thirteenth day February one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine (1879)
James X Laird
Signed sealed and declared to be the last will and Testament of James Laird seen in the presence of
This will was proved on the 13th March 1879 on the oath of James Miffed a subscribing witness and on the dame day Probate was granted to the Executors.
Judge of Probate