Last Will and Testament of John McKinnon, L.8, F.617-618:
In the name of God Amen.
I John McKinnon of DeSable being sick in body but of a good and perfect memory do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all wills and testaments heretofore made by me. I order and declare that at my decease my body shall be decently interred in such a place as my friends may see made and that all debts dues and demands be paid out of my effects. I order that my son Charles is to have the homestead and land all that is below the road leading from the forge to DeSable and the south part thereof. That my wife and daughters is to be kept on the said place. My wife is to be kept as formerly during her natural life and my daughters as long as they remain single by their performing the required labour on the premises as formerly. Charles is to have all the stock and farming impliments, household furniture and all articles therewith connected.
My son John is to have twenty acres above the road which he has previously possessed.
My son Laughlin is to have fifty acres on the rear of the farm and the privilege of cutting hay on the marsh. The said marsh adjoining Don McKinnon's marsh, supposed to contain one acre.
My son Charles is to also to have twenty acres of land above the road.
My son Dougald is to have and to hold one hundred acres of land which he now possesses in Canoe Cove.
Alice, Christy, Mary, Elizabeth, Margaret, Ann, Donald and Archibald are each to have one shilling of sterling in addition of one cow in the event of contracting matrimony. (illegible) the cow to be.
My son John is to pay thirty pounds of the arrears of rent due on the premises and thirty shillings yearly to Charles. My son Dougald is to pay the sum of five pounds yearly to Charles during my wife's natural life.
I hereby ordain John Marchbank and Don McKinnon to be the executors of the said will and testament.
In witness whereof I have set my hand this the fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy.
signed: John (his X mark) McKinnon
witnesses: Allan Stewart, Donald McKinnon
This will was proved on the 30th of December, 1873.