The Last Will and Testament of John McKinnon ( - 1874, DeSable)
Researched at Public Archives by S Smith
Transcribed by Paul Mac Kinnon
Transcriberís Note: This John McKinnon is not of my line, but this Will was pulled in research of my family and is presented to aid the research of other MacKinnonís.
In the name of God Amen
I John McKinnon De Sable Township no. 29 of Prince Edward Island Farmer knowing that it is appointed unto all men to die and being weak of body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say. First I give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to the dust whence it came until the resurrection and now I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife one cow and four sheep which are to be kept on [my farm(strike-out)] the farm (now to be bequeathed) for and during her life time for her sole use and benefit and with her living in a decent and comfortable and suitable to her station to be provided by my son Angus to whom I give and bequeath the farm now in my possession. I also ordain that if my son Roderick will remain with my brother and assist him in every reasonable way as his power for the space of seven years from this date then and in that case I ordain that my son Angus will pay to him for such services the sum of two hundred pounds or satisfy him in getting a farm for him. To my daughters Sarah and Catherine I order that they each get twenty pounds in instalment of five pounds a year each the payments to commence when they or either of them shall commence to help house themselves and to be paid by my son Angus from the proceeds of this farm. I also ordain that my son Donald will get one shilling and that my son Angus will act as a father to all my children [illeg.] my sons Charles and John shall be kept in school until they shall have advanced considerably and then that they be sent to learn a trade as may said[serve?] their desires and in the mean time that they be under the control of their brother Angus.
I now bequeath as aforesaid to my son Angus whom I likewise constitute and appoint my sole Executor to this my last will and testament all and singular my right title and interest in and to the farm and premises now in my possession and his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns freely possessed and enjoyed with the appurtenances messirages[?] and tenements houses and buildings and all the privileges thereunto belonging with the whole of stock (except as before reserved for his mother) with the farming implements and everything to the house and farm. And I further ordain that my son Neil shall have one shilling and if it should happen that he should be laid rife with sickness or otherwise disabled that this will be his home as usual.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eight[h] day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy.
(Sign) John Mc X Kinnon
Signed sealed and delivered by the said John
McKinnon as his last will and Testament in the
presence of us the subscribers
sign John C[illeg.]
This will was proved on the 28th December 1874 on the oath of Hecor McKay a subscribing witness.
Judge of Probate
Public Archives PEI
Probate Court Register of Wills: 1807-1920
Liber 8; Folio 761