Last Will of James McKenna, filed February 5th 1909 and on the 18th day of March 1909 Probate was granted to both Executors named therein –
Reg Liber 17
Folio 542 to 543
This is the last Will and Testament of Mr James McKenna of Newton Lot 26, PEI. I hereby appoint Michael McKenna of Newton, Lot 26, Farmer, and Peter A Hughes Merchant Emerald the Executors of this my will.
I give devise and bequeath to my son George Sabinus McKenna my homestead property consisting of sixty acres more or less, and the Nod farm consisting of twenty five acres more or less.
In consideration of this bequest my said son George Sabinus is to support and clothe my beloved wife Rose Anne McMahon and provide for her all the comforts and conveniences befitting her station in life as long as she remains my Widow; to support and clothe and protect – the following members of my family during their minority: Annie Duffy McKenna, Otto Gregory McKenna, Kathleen Alonza McKenna, Mary Pearl McKenna, Thomas Wallace McKenna. In case of the death of the said George Sabinus McKenna during the minority of any of the above-mentioned children I direct that the above mentioned property bequeathed to George Sabinus pass to my son Thomas Wallace McKenna, if alive, otherwise to my son Otto Gregory, under the same conditions as mentioned above with regard to the support of my wife and family. The support of my said wife and children above-mentioned is to be a lien on the above mentioned property. I bequeath to my son Mark Benedict McKenna the sum of Three hundred dollars ($300.00) said sum of three hundred dollars to be paid to him on such instalments and a such times as the Executors of my Estate consider most suitable – My Executors are hereby directed to invest such money for him in the meantime in the bank of their choice.
I give and bequeath to my son Peter Albert McKenna the farm adjoining the homestead on the East, formerly owned by Patrick Murphy. I give and bequeath to my son John Michael McKenna the farm next adjoining, formerly owned by Peter L. Murphy. I direct that my two above named sons Peter Albert and John Michael work together to discharge the debt contracted by the purchase of the Peter L. Murphy property which debt is a lien upon the two last mentioned farms.
I direct that my three sons George Sabinus, Peter Albert and John Michael have a common ownership of all the farming implements and I desire that they be governed by the decision of my Executors in case of any dispute as to rights to use of such implements.
I direct my Executors to see to the Educational advantages of my younger children above named and, to insist that they attend the common school during school years and that no interference on the part of George Sabinus in this regard take place.
I direct that all stock with the exception of the horse claimed as his by Peter Albert remain on the homestead, and that all household effects remain in the home.
The above mentioned bequest of three hundred dollars to Mark Benedict is to be paid out of my Insurance Beneficiary in the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association of Canada if such payment can be legally made, otherwise said bequest will be a lien on the homestead property bequeathed to George Sabinus.
I direct my Executors to pay out of my Estate the sum of Fifty dollars for the purpose of having masses offered for the [unreadable text]
I direct that my expenses in connection with my sickness – such as medical fees, funeral expenses after my demise be paid out of my C.M.B.A. beneficiary.
I declare this to be my last will and I revoke any other testamentary disposition heretofore at any time made by me.
In Witness whereof I hereto subscribe my name this 21st day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nine.
Signed and declared by the said Testator
as and for his last will and
testament in the presence of us
present at the same time who in his
presence and in the presence of each
other at his request have hereto
subscribed our names as
John James Macdonald
The within Will of James McKenna late of Newton Lot 26 in Prince County Farmer deceased having been presented for Probate Reverend John J Macdonald one of the subscribing witnesses thereto made oath that he was present and did see the said Testator sign his name thereto and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament that when Testator so did he was of sound disposing mind and memory according to this Deponents best discerning that he set and subscribed his name as a Witness thereto in the presence of the said Testator and that Michael McKenna set and subscribed his name as a Witness thereto at the same time.
Sworn to a Chambers in Charlotte Town in Queens County this 5th day of February 1909 Before me
John G J Weldon