LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF RODERICK MACNEIL, CARDIGAN ROAD, P.E.I.
Note: Carol MacKenzie's ggg grandfather, Roderick MacNeil is living in Lot 41 next door to his son Gallion MacNeill in the 1881 census age 65 years making him born about 1816. He was born in PEI, Roman Catholic, of Scotch Origin, his occupation was Farmer and he was a widower. The following is his Last Will and Testament. (Note: spelling is as it was written):
In the Name of God Amen, I Roderick McNeil of Cardigan Road Lot 41 in Kings County in the Province of Prince Edward Island. Farmer, being of sound will memory and understanding although bodily ill. do make this my last will and testament. That is to say,
1. I bequeath to my son Michael McNeal, thirty acres of land. Part of my homestead fronting on the said Cardigan Road and adjoining the road leading from said road towards Grand River together with the buildings theron erected.
2. I bequeath to my son Ronald James McNeil, twenty acres of land being the remainder of the fifty acres of land now in my possession on the first mentioned road and lot adjoining Gallion McNeil. I also wish that the aforesaid Ronald James McNeil will have an equal share of the black mud that is on the first mentioned thirty acres.
3. I wish and ordain that one of my cows (over) will be given to the Rev. Pius McPhee now Parish Priest at St. Peter's Bay with the understanding that if my sons or any of them wishes to pay to the said mentioned Priest the value of the said cow, they can do so. And I wish that the balance of the horned cattle may stay up on the said place for the benefit of my sons and daughters as they think proper. And I wish that one Black Sheep may be given to my son's son Roderick James and the remainder of my sheep to be given to my daughters Rachel and Mary Ellen and I now wish and order that my home may be a home for my said daughters, as it has been before now until provided for by Marriage or otherwise. And my aforesaid Ronald James McNeil the same Priviledge. Should my sons think proper to buy one from the other the can do so to suit themselves.
4. I wish the sum of one dollar to be paid to my son Gallian McNeil and also the sum of one dollar to be paid to my son Joseph McNeil and also one dollar to be paid to my son Alexander. The said amount to be paid from my aforesaid mentioned estate. And I appoint Michael McMullen of Bay Fortune Road and Hugh McMullen of Head of St. Peter's Bay to be my executors to carry out this my last will and testament. and signed sealed in the presence of each other this thirtyeth day of August, A.D. 1882.
Signed - Roderick McNeil (his mark)
Signed by Hector McKinnon and
Alfred W. Hayden, witnesses.
This will was proved on the 17th January A.D. 1883.