The Last Will and Testament of Neil Leitch (1791-1882)
Submitted by Marilyn Clay Adair
In the name of God, Amen - The last Will and Testament of Neil Leitch, Yeoman, of Township No. Thirty-four in Queens County, in Prince Edward Island, North America.
I, Neil Leitch, of Township No. thirty-four, in Queens County, Prince Edward Island, North America, being weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory; thanks be given unto God; calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say,as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life.
I devise and bequeath in the following manner and form, that is to say:
I devise and bequeath to my son John C. Leitch all my landed property with all the buildings, stock, implements, and other appurtenances thereon, with however, the exceptions of the following bequests, which I make out of the aforesaid, namely: To my wife Maria I will and bequeath that she shall be comfortably maintained by my son John as long as she lives, that she is to be allowed a private comfortable room in the house, and further that she is to have full power to dispose of her clothes or other personal effects as she may think proper.
To my daughter Mary I will that she shall be maintained comfortably on the farm, that she shall live in the house with my son John and that she is to have a comfortable private room in said house for herself as long as she wishes. And I further bequeath to her one Cow and five Sheep out of my stock, and the said cow and sheep are to be fed and supported from and upon the farm while she stays, she is also to have the liberty to dispose of the produce and increase of the cow and five sheep; This however, does not provide that she shall be allowed to keep the increase of the cow and sheep only during the Summer months, that is, until such increase will be about six months old; but if she thinks proper within the space of five years after my death to cease living with the aforesaid John C Leitch, he shall pay to her the amount of one hundred pounds currency; the said amount to be paid to her in five years at twenty pounds per year, but should she die previous to the expiration of five years, the said John C. Leitch shall only pay the amount in proportion due her at her death, I leave her also power to dispose of her clothes, personal effects and whatever other things belong to herself - when and as she sees fit and proper - The non-fulfillment of the above will render this my Last Will and Testament null and void.
I appoint Lauchlin McMillan and John Sharpe my Executors to the Will. Given under my hand and seal this fourth day of November 1870
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Neil Leitch as His last Will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers
Witnesses: Neil Higgins