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SUMITTED BY: Heather Campbell Beausoleil GGGrandaughter

Last Will and Testament of John McLean

1799-1901


Probate record from Volume L Page 293 on GSU microfilm # 0814953

Be it known that on the twenty second day of February in the Year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one the last Will and Testament of John McLean, senior late of the Township of Oro in the County of Simcoe in the Province of Ontario, gentleman, deceased, who died on or about the seventh day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one at the Twonship of Oro....
Registrar of the Surrogate Court of the County of Simcoe. This is the last Will and Testament of me John McLean, Senior, of the Township of Oro in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario, Gentleman, made this nineteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred.
I hereby revoke all former wills or other testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament.
I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be first paid by my executor hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Graham, the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000).
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary McLean, spinster, the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000).
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Isabella, wife of Henry Leatherdale the sum of one thousand dollars ($1.000).
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Christine, widow of Peter McCallum the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000).
I give and bequeath unto my grand-daughter Bessie McLean, the sum of three hundred dollars ($300.00).
I give and bequeath unto my daughter-in-law, Rachel McLean wife of James McLean, senior, the sum of one hundred dollars ($100.00).
All the rest and residue of my estate both real and Personal I give devise and bequeath unto my executor hereinafter named in trust, to sell the same and convert it into money and divide the proceeds among my three daughters above mentioned, namely Mary McLean, Isabella Leatherdale and Christine McCallum, in the following proportion; that is to say to the said Mary McLean one half of said residue or proceeds; to the said Isabella Leatherdale one quarter of said residue or proceeds; and to the said Christina McCallum, one quarter of said residue or proceeds.
And I nominate and appoint William I. Clarke of the Town of Orillia in said County of Simcoe, Teacher, to be the Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written.

John McLean

Signed, published and declared by the said John McLean the elder, the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who both present together at the same time, in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the same having been first read over and explained to the testator who seemed perfectly to understand the same.
A.B. Thompson, Barrister, Orillia
H. Orser, Laborer, Orillia

SUMITTED BY: Heather Ann Campbell Beausoleil

Last Will and Testament of Edward Turner
Probated in The Surrogate Court Of Simcoe County

2nd Dec. 1871 (# 673 Application Received and filed 27th Nov. 1871)

This is the last Will and Testament of me Edward Turner of the Township of Oro, County of Simcoe, Province of Ontario. I do hereby revoke all other wills made by me and declare this alone to be my last Will and Testament. I first direct that all my just debts and testamentary and funeral expenses be paid. I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Isabella Turner, the following lots of land, namely the south east quarter of lot number two in the eight concession and southwest quarter of lot number two in the ninth concession of the Township of Oro, in the County of Simcoe, Province of Ontario, during the term of her natural life. At her death the above mentioned property shall deend (sp.deeded) to my daughter Isabella McIntyre, her heirs and akign's (sp.akin) forever. Subject to the payment of eighty dollars of lawful money to my grand daughter Isabella Jane Millard one year after the death of my wife Isabella Turner. As to my aforesaid (sp.forsaid) property it is my will that it shall be exclusively at the disposal of my wife Isabella Turner. And I appoint John Johnson of the Township of Medonte and Dugald Carmichael to be the executors of this my will. Dated at Oro the second day of June one thousand eight hundred and seventy one.

Sgn. Edward Turner

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in our presence, both present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have here unto set and subscribed our names as witnesses.

Sgn. Walter Tudhope, Alexander McLean

SUMITTED BY: Gar Watson

Last Will and Testament of William Ferris

affixed the seal of the said
Court this twentieth day of January
In the year of the Lord one thousand
eight hundred and forty-eight

(signed)
Jas Robt. Gowan
Judge of the Surragate Court
and for the District of Simcoe

“In the name of God Amen,
I William Ferris the elder of the Township of Tecumseth in the County of Simcoe in the Home District and Province of Canada, Yeoman, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following this twenty ninth day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one.
First I order and direct that my Trustee Executors hereafter named shall as soon as convenient after my decease pay and satisfy all my just debts and funeral expenses out of my personal estate.
Second I give decree and bequeath all and singular the north part of Lot number twenty four in the ninth concession of the said Township of Tecumseth containing by advertisement one hundred acres be the same more or less with the appurtenances together with all personal property of what mater and kind soever and wheresoever the same may be of which I may die possessed unto and to my wife Rosannah Ferris my Executrix hereinafter name William Shearten Mears of the Township of Tecumseth Yeoman and [August 11, 1846 changed the second Executor, scribbled out, but may have been William Law] John Carsude of the said Township of Tecumseth Yeoman my executors and their heirs Executors and administrators or the survivor or survivors of them or his heir or their heirs executors and administrators of such survivor upon trust nevertheless to aid for the uses and intentent and purposes hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same. That is to say in the first place to satisfy all my just debts and funeral expenses - secondly to apply the whole of the proceeds of the rents and profits of my said estate real and personal after paying of my just debts as aforesaid to the comfortable support and maintenance of my said wife Rosannah my son Patrick and my daughters Mary Ann and Sarah Ferris for and during their natural lives or for and during the natural life of the longest heir of them without impeachment of or for any manner of waste,
Thirdly if it should so happen that my said son Patrick Ferris should contract matrimony and have legal issue of his body lawfully begotten, then and in that case the whole of the residue of my said personal and real estate (after the death of my said wife and three children as aforesaid) be the sole and only proper use benfits and behoof of such child or children of my said son Patrick and their heirs and assigns for ever share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.
Fourthly - if it should so happen that my said son Patrick Ferris should die without legal issue from his body as aforesaid then and in that case the whole of the residue of my said personal and real estate (after the death of my said wife Rosannah and three children aforesaid) to the sole and only proper use benefit and behoof of the male children of my son William Ferris of the Township of Tecumseth aforesaid Yeoman or the survivor or survivors of them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants, their heirs and assigns for ever.
Lastly, I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife Rosannah Executrix and my said Friend William Shearson Mears and [again William Law is replace and initialed in column] John Carsude Executors in trust of this my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand
and seal the day and year first herein written.
Signed sealed publish and declared by
the said Testator as and for his last
Will and Testament, in our presence who
at his request in his presence and in the
presence of each other have subscribed
our names as witnesses thereto.

George Lount
William Lawton
John Mazelle

Endorsement on the above Will
The alteration of the name of Wm.Law for John Carsude has been made in the presence of the undersigned persons.

Witness
J. H. Mulock M.D.
William Gilroy

SUMITTED BY: Gwen Cunningham

Last Will and Testament of GEORGE HUNTER

This is the Last Will and Testament of me George Hunter of the Village of Orillia in the County of Simcoe and Province of Canada, Tinsmith- being of sound mind, memory and understanding. I hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time heretofore made and executed. I nominate, constitute and appoint my wife Eliza Hunter and my sons George Hunter and Henry Hunter to be Executrix and Executors of this my Will. I desire the payment of all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses in such manner and at such time as may seem to my Executrix and Executors most expedient.. and subject thereto I give divide and bequeath my business in Orillia aforesaid and all others my real and personal Estate of what nature or kind whatever and where ever situate unto my said wife , Eliza Hunter for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give devise and bequeath the same business real and personal Estate unto such of my children as shall be living at the decease of my said wife, Eliza Hunter in equal shares and proportion, share and share alike and to their heirs and assigns absolutely and forever. And I hereby declare that after the decease of my said wife if any of my children who shall take an interest in share in my said business real and personal Estate under this my Will shall be under age it shall be lawful and I hereby authorize and empower any then surviving Executors or Executor of this my will to apply all or any portion of the share of any such child’s as they or he my then surviving Executors or Executor for the education, placing in business or other advancement in life of any such childs shall deem expedient and likely to be for the benefit of any such child. And I hereby give unto my said Executrix and Executors the fullest powers that may be necessary for fully carrying out the intentions of this my Will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty third day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two. Signed sealed and published and declared by the said George Hunter as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses. Thomas Dallas, Orillia& ..J. Robt. Grant This is a codicil to the last Will and Testament of me George Hunter of the village of Orillia in the County of Simcoe Tinsmith. I hereby empower and authorize my wife Eliza Hunter in the event of my not disposing of the land hereinafter mentioned during my life time and notwithstanding any thing to the contrary contained in my Will to sell and dispose of for such price or prices and in such a manner in every respect as to her shall seem advisable all or any portion of my Lot of Land parts of Lot number five in the fourteenth concession of Medonte in the said County of Simcoe and to execute a conveyance or conveyances thereof to the purchaser or purchasers thereof for his or their purchase money who shall thence forth be discharged from all liability in respect thereof after the payment thereof to my said wife, And I hereby direct and declare that the money to arise by any such sale shall be passed over to the Executors and Executrix of my said Will and shall in every respect be subject to the same definitions and Trusts as the rest of my real and personal Estate is subject to which I have disposed of by my Will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty two. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said George Hunter as and for a codicil to his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnessesThomas Dallas, Orillia & ? ? Robt. Grant, Orillia ?

SUMITTED BY: Gwen Cunningham

Last Will and Testament of THOMAS DUNLOP
(DIED 10 APRIL 1852)

JUDGE OF THE SURROGATE COURT IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SIMCOE - Copies of the last Will and Testament of Thomas Dunlop, deceased. Page 224 In the name of God Amen. I, Thomas Dunlop late of the Township of Medonte, in the County of Simcoe and Province of Canada, now of the village of Orillia in the aforesaid County of Simcoe, yeoman being of sound mind do make this my last will and testament and all my former wills I hereby revoke. That is to say I will and desire that all my just debts, funeral expenses and testamentary expenses be paid by my executor as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and as to my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, I give and dispose of the same as follows. I give and divide unto my four sons Andrew, John, James and David the homestead and farm being composed of lot number four in the fourteenth concession in the township of Medonte in the County of Simcoe and Province of Canada to be divided between them in the following manner, that is to say my Executors hereinafter named shall divide the said lot of land into for equal portions and they shall have the said portions valued by competent persons and in each one or more of the portions shall be of greater value of the others then those whose portion shall not be equal in value shall receive from those whose portion is of more value such amount of money as shall make all the portions of equal value- and my executors shall determine what length of time shall be allowed to pay the said difference and in what manner they shall think just and right. Give to each of my four sons, Andrew, John, James and David one of the said portions for the term of their natural lives and at their decease to their youngest surviving sons and their heirs forever, my son Andrew to have the first choice of the four portions, my son John the second choice and my son James the third choice and my son David the remaining portion on the condition that he pays over to my daughter Margaret the sum of five pounds currency, and to my son Alexander a like sum of five pounds currency and in case my son Andrew select the portion on which is the dwelling house lately occupied by me then if the dwelling house shall not be charged in the valuation against him but he shall have it over and above and in case the amount of the proceeds of the sale of my personal estate shall not be sufficient yo pay the amount due on the said lot of land to the Indian Department then the aforesaid Andrew, John, James and David shall each pay an equal proportion of the balance unpaid in order to have the said estate free and clear. And I give and bequeath all my stock, farming implements, farming produce and all of my personal estate not hereinbefore bequeathed unto my executors hereinafter named in trust to dispose thereof to the best advantage and after paying all my just debts and executorship expenses in trust to pay the remainder to the Indian Department on account of the purchase money due on the before mentioned lots of land. I also give and bequeath my gun to my daughter’s husband, Thomas Rix-I desire my executors let the farm before mentioned for one year after my decease also to sell or dispose of the distillery and utensils used therein or belonging thereto to the best advantage before the expiration of the time for which a mortgage has been granted to Walter Barr on the said distillery and utensls and apply the surplus of such sale together with the the rent arising from the farm after deducting the necessary expenses to the liquidation of the debt due to the Indian Department in the aforesaid lot of land. I nominate and appoint my trusty and worthy friend Walter Barr of the Township of Medonte, tavern keeper and Edwin Graham ....of the Village of Orillia, Post Master to be the executors of this my Will. In witness whereof I the said Thomas Dunlop have hereunto set my hand and seal the first day of April in the Year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two. Thomas Dunlop Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testator Thomas Dunlop as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto- John G. LangmanJoseph Cabverly, Neil Morrison.

SUMITTED BY: Davalea "Davey" Selfridge

Last Will and Testament of Hannah Irwin
Filed August 8, 1917 in the
Surrogate Court of
the County of Simcoe

This is the last Will and Testament of me Hannah Irwin of the Town of Alliston in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario, made this Twenty-Eighth day of June in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirteen.

I Revoke all former Wills or other Testamentary Dispositions by me at any time, heretofore made and declared this only to be and contain my last Will and Testament.
I Direct all my just debts funeral and Testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied by my Executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
I Give Devise and bequeath all my Real and Personal Estate of which I may die possessed in the manner following that is to say:

1. To my daughter Ellen wife of William McLean I give the sume of Three Hundred dollars ($300.00).
2. To my daughter Mary wife of Robinson Morris I give the sum of Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00).
3. To my son Charles Thomas I give the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
All the residue of my estate not herinbefore disposed of I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Emily. And I nominate and appoint my said daughter Sarah Emily and William F. Kinsey, undertaker both of said town of Alliston. to be executors - of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written.

Transcribed by Davalea "Davey" Selfridge

SUMITTED BY: Davalea "Davey" Selfridge

Last Will and Testament and Codicil of Eliza Jane Chapman
Proved and Registered in
His Majesty's Surrogate Court of the County of Simcoe
October 16, 1918

This is the last Will and Testament of me Eliza Jane Chapman of the township of Essa in the county of Simcoe and Province of Ontario, Widow, made this eighth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirteen.
I revoke all former Wills and other Testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made, and declare this to be my last Will and Testament.
I direct all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named.
I give, devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate which I may die possessed of or interested in, in the manner following that is to say,
1st I will and bequest to my son Henry Lawrence Chapman that farm being lot seven in the eighth concession of the said township of Essa, containing one hundred acres more or less together with all my farm stock and implements, subject to the following conditions, viz, the said Henry Lawrence Chapman to pay the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750.00) the same to be equally divided between his three sisters Ellen Mary Scott, Isabella Wilson and Alice Moir, the same to be paid within one year after my decease.
2nd I direct my executors to sell part lot 15 in the 3rd consession of the said township of Essa containing fifty acres more or less and to divide the proceeds equally between my surviving daughters.
3rd. I will and bequeath to my son Henry Lawrence Chapman all the residue of my estate which I may die possessed and I nominate and appoint William Irwin (Egbert? P.O.) anf John Flynn, Cookstown P.O. to be executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written.

Sgd Mrs. Eliza Chapman

I Eliza Jane Chapman of the township of Essa in the county of Simcoe, Widow, declare this to be a Codicil to my last Will and Testament which bears date the eight day of February 1913. I direct my executors to divide equally between my three surviving daughters Ellen Mary Scott, Alice Moir and Laura Patton the sum of $250.00 being the amount bequeathed to my daughter Isabella Wilson deceased who died on or about the twenty fifth day of April 1914. I bequeath to my daughter Laura Patton my piano and I direct my executors to divide my furniture as equally as possible between my said three surviving daughters. I also appoint David Hopper of the village of Cookstown, Merchant, to be an executor along with those named in said Will. In all other respects I confirm my said Will.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty second day of January 1915.

Transcribed by: Davalea "Davey" Selfridge

SUMITTED BY: Davalea "Davey" Selfridge

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF MARY ANN NICOL
PROVED AND REGISTERED IN HIS MAJESTY'S
SURROGATE COURT OF THE
COUNTY OF SIMCOE
LIBER "0", FOLIO 145, NUMBER 6259

This is the last Will and Testament of me, Mary Ann Nicol of the Township of Adjala, in the County of Simcoe, Widow, of David Nicol late of said Township, Farmer, deceased made this Fifteenth day of May A.D. 1903 hereby revoking all other Testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and declaring this to be my last Will and Testament.
After all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses are paid, I give, devise and bequeath all the property of which I may die possessed in the manner following, that is to say:-

1. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Jane Till, wife of George Till of the Town of Mount Forest, Carpenter, the sum of Five Hundred dollars ($500.00).
2. I give and bequeath to my daughter Isabella Eva Nicol of said Township of Adjala Spinster, the sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00).
3. I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel Irwin wife of George Irwin of the Township of Essa, Farmer, the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) and all my wearing apparel.
The residue of my estate, I give and bequest to my two sons Charles Andrew Nicol and William Nicol the former of said Township of Adjala, Farmer, the latter of the Town of Sarnia, in the County of Lambton, Carpenter in the following proportion that for every three dollars of said residue Charles Andrew shall receive and two dollars and William one dollar.
And I hereby appoint the said Charles Andrew Nicol and my son George Thomas Nicol of said Township of Adjala, Farmer, to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written.

BE IT KNOWN, that on the second day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nine, the last Will and Testament of Mary Ann Nicol, late of the Township of Adjala, in the County of Simcoe, and Province of Ontario, Widow, deceased, who died on or about the Ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nine at Adjala, in the County of Simcoe, and who at the time of her death had a fixed place of abode at the Township of Adjala in the said County of Simcoe, was proved and registered in the said Surrogate Court a true copy of which said last Will and Testament is hereunder written and that the administration of all and singular the property of the said deceased and any way concerning her Will was granted by the aforesaid Court to Charles Andrew Nicol and George Thomas Nicol, both of the Township of Adjala, in the County of Simcoe, Farmers, the executors named in the said Will they having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same by paying the just debts of the deceased and the legacies contained in her Will so far as they are thereunto bound by law and by distributing the residue (if any) of the property according to law, and to exhibit under oath a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said property and to render a just and true account of their Executorship whenever thereunto lawfully required.

Transcribed by Davalea Selfridge.

SUMITTED BY: Davalea "Davey" Selfridge

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF DAVID NICOL WILL #4263 - BOOK #332 SURROGATE COURT OF THE COUNTY OF SIMCOE

Be it known that on the thirteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine, the Last Will and Testament of David Nicol, late of the Township of Adjala, in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario, Farmer, deceased, who died on or about the twenty first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine, of the Township of Adjala and who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at the Township of Adjala was proven and registered in the said Surrogate Court, a true copy of which said last Will and Testament is hereunder written and that the administration of all and singular the property of the said deceased and in any way concerning his Will was granted by the aforementioned court to George Irwin, of the Township of Essa, in the County of Simcoe, Farmer and Mary Ann Nicol of the Township of Adjala in the said County, widow, the executors named in the said Will, they having been first sworn, will and faithfully to administer the same by paying the just debts of the deceased and the legacies contained in his Will so far asw they are thereunto bound by law and by distributing the residue (if any) of the property according to law and to exhibit under oath a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said property and to render a just and true account of their executorship.

This is the Last Will and Testament of me, David Nicol, of the Township of Adjala, in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario, Yeoman, made this twelfth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and ninety two.
I revoke all former Wills or other testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be and contain my Last Will and Testament.
I direct all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
I give devise and bequeath all my Real and Personal Estate of which I may die possessed in the manner following, that is to say:
I give devise and bequeath to my dear wife during her natural life all my Real and Personal property which I may in any way die possession of.
After the death of my dear wife I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel the sum of Three Hundred Dollars and to my daughter Mary Jane I give and bequeath the sum of Five Hundred Dollars absolutely for her own use and benefit.
And to my daughter Isabella Eve I give and bequeath the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
And to my son William I give and bequeath the sum of Two Thousand Dollars.
After the death of my dear wife I give devise and bequeath all my said Real and Personal property which may be left after the death of my dear wife to my three sons Charles Andrew, George Thomas and John Jarvis absolutely for their own use and benefit on the condition that they pay their sisters and brother William the legacies herein specified said legacies to be paid one year after the death of my dear wife.
All of the residue of my estate not herein before deposed of I give devise and bequeath unto as aforesaid.
And I nominate and appoint George Irwin, of the Township of Essa Executor and my dear wife Mary Ann Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written. "D.Nicol" Signed, published and declared by the said David Nicol the Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who both present together at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Jas. A. Duncan Jno. Stevenson Canada Province of Ontario County of Simcoe To Wit: In the matter of Probate of Will of David Nicol deceased said Probate being dated Oct13/1899. I George Edward J...... Brown of the Town of Alliston in the County of Simcoe Solicitor make oath and say:
That the annexed four sheets Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 contain a true copy of the Probate of the Last Will and Testament of David Nicol late of the Township of Adjala in the County of Simcoe/Farmer who died at said Township of Adjala July 21, 1899 said Probate being issued out of Her Majesty's Surrogate Court for the County of Simcoe on October 13, 1899.
Transcribed By: Davalea Selfridge

SUMITTED BY: Mike Sainsbury

Simcoe County Surrogate Court

Copy of the last will and testament of James Fox the elder Probate Grant No. 2072; June 24, 1886, Register H-617

Be it known that on the twenty fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty six the last will and testament and a codicil thereto of James Fox the elder late of the Township of Medonte in the County of Simcoe, Yeoman who died on or about the nineteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty six at the Township of Medonte and who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at the Township of Medonte in the said County of Simcoe was proved and registered in the said Surrogate Court a true copy of which said last will and testament and a codicil is hereunder written and that the administration of all and singular the personal estate and effects rights and credit of the said deceased and any way concerning his will and codicil was granted by the aforesaid Court to Samuel Drew Eplett of the Village of Coldwater in the County of Simcoe Postmaster and Alexander Reid of the same place Merchant. They having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same by paying the just debts of the deceased and the legacies contained in his will and Codicil sofar as they are thereunto bound by law and to exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said estate and effects, rights and credits and to render a just and strict account of their executorship whenever required by laws so to do.

Jno. Heverison [?] Registrar of the Surrogate Court of the County of Simcoe

I James Fox the elder of the Township of Medonte in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario Yeoman being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:-
1. I will and direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my executors hereinafter named as soon as convenient after my decease.
2. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rosehannah Fox all my household furniture beds bedding and kitchen utensils also two cows out of my farming stock.
3. I will direct that my wife Rosehannah Fox shall have the use of the house in which we now live and the appurtenances thereto belonging as well as the use of the orchard thereto amended[?] Save and except the use of three rows of apple trees next to the farm as and for her own absolute use and benefit.
4. I give and bequeath to my said wife Rosehannah Fox the sum of fifty dollars to be paid in each and every year to her as long as she may live and remain my widow by my son William Fox as hereinafter mentioned and of the sum of twenty five dollars by my son Charles Fox.
5. I give and bequeath to my daughters Mary Ann wife of Thomas Swales, Catherine wife of John Swales and Margaret wife of Joseph Swales the sum of twenty five dollars each as hereinafter mentioned.
6. I give and devise to my son William Fox his heirs executors administrators and assigns all and singular the lands and premises consisting of the west half of lot number twenty in the tenth concession of the Township of Medonte in the County of Simcoe and Provincial of Ontario containing by admeasurement one hundred acres be the same more or less subject however to the payment to my aid wife Rosehannah fox of the sum of twenty five dollars in each and every year so long as she may live or remain my widow.
7. I give and devise to my eldest son James Fox his heirs executors administrators and assigns forever all and singular the lands and premises consisting of the south -west quarter of lot number Twenty in the ninth Concession of the said Township of Medonte containing by admeasurement fifty acres be the same more or less and subject to the payment of twenty five dollars each to my daughters Mary Ann wife of Thomas Swales and Catherine wife of John Swales within two years after my decease.
8. I give and devise to my fourth son Charles Fox his heir executors administrators and assigns forever all and singular the south east quarter of lot number twenty in the ninth concession of the said Township of Medonte containing by admeasurement fifty acres be the same more or less subject however to the payment of the sum of twenty five dollars to my daughter Margaret wife of Joseph Swales and of the sum of Twenty five dollars to my wife Rosehannah Fox withing two years from my decease.
9. I give and bequeath to my son William Fox his heirs executors administrators and assigns all my horses cattle farming implements and other chattels with the exception of the two cows hereinbefore bequeathed to my wife Rosehannah Fox.
10. I will and direct that my said wife do accept the provisions hereinbefore made [and?] shall be taken and accepted by her in lieu of all dower and right as claim to dower which she may have in any real estate of which I may be [serzed?]
11. I give and bequeath to my said wife all the rest residue and remainder of all personal and real estate that I may die possessed of.

I hereby nominate and appoint Samuel Drew Eplett of the Village of Coldwater Postmaster and Alexander Reid of the same place merchant executors of this my will hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four. Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator James Fox the elder as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request in his presence and in presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.

This is a Codicil to the last will and testament of James Fox the elder of the Township of Medonte in the County of Simcoe and Provincial of Ontario Yeoman bearing the date the twenty second day of February one thousand eight hundred and eighty four I do hereby revoke the bequest of my farm the west half of lot twenty in the tenth Concession of the Township of Medonte to my son William Fox and do give and bequeath the same to my son William Fox subject however to the following conditions that is to say:--that the said William Fox shall not sell or mortgage the same during the life of my wife the said Roseahannah Fox.
In all other respects I do confirm my said will.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this the second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five.
Signed published and declared by the said James Fox the elder the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who both present together and at the same time and at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other we have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

his mark James X Fox the elder and seal

John B McNaughton[?] Alex Reid

Last Will and Testament of Solomon Stone

In her Majesties Surrogate Court of the County of Simcoe

Be it known that on the thirteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven, the Last Will and Testament of Solomon Stone, late of the Township of West Gwillimbury, in the County of Simcoe, Yeoman who died on or about the eighth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven at the Township of West Gwillimbury in the County of Simcoe, and, who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at the said Township of West Gwillimbury in the said County of Simcoe was proved and registered in the said Surrogate Court, a true copy of which said, Last Will and Testament is hereunder written and that the administration of all and singular the personal estate and effects rights and credits of the said, deceased and any way concerning his Will was granted by the aforesaid, Court to Brooks U Howard of the Township of East Gwillimbury in the County of North York, Yeoman and Isaac Grant Stone of the Township of Tecumseh in the County of Simcoe, Yeoman, the executors named in the said, Will. They having been first sworn will and faithfully to administer the same, by paying the just debts of the deceased and the legacies and contained in his Will, so far as he is thereunto bound by laws and to exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and singulars the said estate and effects rights and credits and to render a just and true account of their executor ship whenever required by law to do so.

Signed Jonathan ? Registrars

Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Solomon Stone

This Instrument witnesseth to, That I Solomon Stone of the Township of West Gwillimbury in the County of Simcoe and Province of Canada, Yeoman being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make publish, working and making null and void all former last Will and Testament and writing in the nature of Last Will and Testament by me therefore made.

My Will is first That all funeral charges and just debts shall be paid by my Executors hereinafter named.

The residue of my estate and property, real and personal and mixed of which I shall be seized and possessed, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of deceased, I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary (Winn)Stone, the use and interest of fifteen hundred dollars during her natural life; together with the household furniture - at her decease, the said sum of fifteen hundred dollars shall be divided as hereinafter provided-

I give devise and bequeath to my eldest son Abijah Stone. one dollar -
I give and bequeath to my eldest daughter Lucy Stone , three hundred dollars,
to my second daughter Mary Stone - four hundred dollars,
to my second son Isaac Grant Stone, one thousand dollars -
to my third son Henry Proctor Stone, two hundred dollars,
to my forth son Benjamin Stone, one hundred dollars,
to my fifth son Robert Stone one dollar,
to my third daughter Esther Stone, three hundred dollars,
to my forth daughter Martha Stone , three hundred dollars,
to my sixth son George Stone seven hundred dollars.

The amount, the use of which is bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Stone ?, namely fifteen hundred dollars at her decease, shall be divided among my children or their heirs or assigns in proportions to the several sums bequeath, above - I further Will that my estate real and personal be disposed of at my decease to the best advantage and should the amount exceed the several sums bequeathed, then a division shall be made among my several children named above, in proportion to the amount already bequeathed to them, but should it fall short of the amounts specified then a deduction must be made in the same proportions as above excepting my sons Abijah Stone and Robert Stone each of which shall receive but one dollar.

I do hereby constitute and appoint Brookes U Howard of the Township of East Gwillimbury in the County of North York and Province of Canada, Yeoman and Isaac Grant Stone of the Township of Tecumseh in the County of Simcoe and Province of Canada, Yeoman to be Executors to this my Last Will and Testament to have full power to dispose of my lands that I may not have not disposed of also to sign seal and execute all deeds of bargain and sale to any person or persons purchasing also to sign and execute all discharges of Mortgages and other acquaintances in the winding up of my affairs -

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty three.

Solomon Stone

The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Solomon Stone as and for his Last Will and Testament in presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribe our names as attesting witnesses thereto - The same having been duly read over and explained before and execution-

Stephen Howard of the Township of East Gwillimbury in the County of North York Province of Canada Yeoman

Geo W Colston of the Village of Oshawa County of Ontario and Province of aforesaid- Minister..

Transcibed by Lisa Boos

researching the STONE, CUNNINGHAM, LEWIS and LANDERKIN families of Bond Head West Gwillimbury

#2529 GS 1-909 Surrogate Court Simcoe Co.

This is the last will and testament of me George Copeland Senior of the Town of Penetanguishene in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario Miller My Will and desire ..................................... conveniently may be after my decease, and as to the remainder of my estate I will and dispose of the Same as follows that is to Say to daughter Mary Jane Copeland Arksey I will and bequeath the Sum of four thousand dollars. Said four thousand dollars to be by my Executors invested and the interest or proceeds of such investment to be paid to my said daughter yearly or half yearly according to the nature or terms of such investment for and during the term of the natural life of my said daughter and my said daughter May Jane Copeland Arksey may by will direct how the Said four thousand dollars Shall be disposed of after her death and should my said daughter die intestate then the Said four thousand dollars Shall be divided amongst her =heirs as the law may direct. To my daughter Hannah Wilton Copeland I will and bequeath the Sum of four thousand dollars. To my daughter Charlotte Ellen Copeland Graham I will and bequeath the Sum of Three thousand dollars said three thousand dollars to be by my Executors invested and the interest or proceeds of Such investment to be paid to my said daughter yearly or half yearly according to the Nature of terms of such investment for and during the terms of the natural life of my said daughter and my Said daughter Charlotte Ellen Copeland Graham may by will direct how the said three thousand dollars Shall be disposed of after he death and should my said daughter die intestate then the said three thousand dollars Shall be divided amongst her heirs as the law may direct To my daughter Rachel Arabella Copeland Darling I will and bequeath the Sum of Four thousand dollars to My daughter Harriet Louisa Copland Thompson I will and bequeath the Sum Three thousand dollars To My daughter Ellen Johnston Copeland Emerick I will and bequeath the Sum of Four Thousand Dollars. To My daughter Minnie Wylie Copeland Colwell I will and bequeath the Sum of Four Thousand dollars. To my son George Edwin Copeland I will and devise all and Singular three certain parcels or tracts of land and premises Situate lying and being in the Township of Tiny in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario Containing by admeasurement Five hundred acres be the Same more or less and which maybe otherwise known as follows that is to say being composed of Lot Numbers one hundred and Sixteen and the South half of Lot Number one hundred and Seventeen in the first Concession of Lots Numbered one hundred and fifteen one hundred and Sixteen and of the South half of Lot numbered nine in the thirteenth Concession of the Said Township of Tiny together with all buildings or machinery erected standing or being on the said premises at the time of my death to have and to hold to my said son George Edwin Copeland to him and to his heirs and assigns forever subject to the bequest hereinafter to be made and to my said son George Edwin Copeland I will and bequeath all my farm stock and Implements. To My son Charley Ernest Copeland I will and devise all and singular therein certain parcels or tract of land and premises situate lying and being in the Town of Penetanguishene in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario Containing by admeasrement in all Two and a quarter acres more or less being composed of Lots Thirty two, Thirty three Thirty four And Thirty Five or the west side of Chatham Street in the Said Town of Penetanguishene together with the Georgian Bay Roller flouring Mills now on the said premises and the buildings of what kind Dower that may erected standing or being on the said premises at the time of my decease to have and to hold to my said son Charley Ernest Copeland to him and to his heirs and assigns forever. To my son Arthur Armston Copeland I will and devise all and Singular that certain Roller Flouring Mill situate lying and being in the Township of Flos in the County of Simcoe and province of Ontario known as the Flos Roller Mill together with Elevator Stilo and Stables and all other buildings and lands thereto attached that I may die possessed of and the South half of Lot Number Six in the Ninth Concession of the Said Township of Flos Said Roller Mills being situated on the Said South half Lot number Six in the Ninth Concession of the said Township of Flos. To my son Watson Copeland I will and bequeath the Sum of one hundred dollars..

To My wife Elizabeth Johnston Copeland I will devise and bequeath all the remainder of my real and personal property after deducting what has been hereinbefore devised and bequeathed to my several children hereinbefore named to have and to hold to my said wife to her and to here heirs and assigns forever and to my said wife I will and bequeath a home in the dwelling house wherein I now reside for and during the term of her natural life and to my daughter Hannah Wilton Copeland I will and bequeath a home in the said dwelling house for and so long as she may remain unmarried and it is my will that my executors do pay the legacies hereinbefore bequeathed to my daughters Hannah Wilton Copeland Rachel Arabella Darling Harriet Louise Thompson Ellen Johnston Emerick and Minnie Wylie Colwell in ready money or in Mortgage Securities for Money as to my said executors to the least detrimental to my estate and to my son Arthur Armston Copeland I will and bequeath the Sum of one thousand dollars to be paid to my said Sons when he shall have attained the age of twenty one years,m and it is my will that my said Son Arthur Armston Copeland shall have a one third Share of the profits of the Said Roller Mills hereinbefore bequeathed to my said Sons Charley Earnest and Arthur Armston Copeland from the time my said Shall have reached the age of Eighteen years and my wish is that if possibly my three sons George Edwin Charley Ernest and Arthur Armston Copeland would hold together and carry on the business of the said Mills in Company as I feel it would be for their Mutual advantage.
And I hereby nominate and appoint my son George Edwin Copeland and my friend Henry H. Colwell of the city of Toronto to be the Executors of this my will and hereby revoking all other or former wills and codicils I hereby declare this only to be my last will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this Sixth day of November in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight.

George Copeland

Signed Sealed published an declared by the said testator George Copeland as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
William Harvey
William Rowley

WILL OF ROBERT A. ROSS, dated December 8th, 1890 and registered May 12th 1893.

#3035
Canada
Province of Ontario

In Her Majesty's Surrogate Court of the County of Simcoe, Be it known that on the twelfth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety three the last Will and Testament of Robert Armstrong Ross late of the Town of Barrie in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario, Physician, deceased, who died on or about the twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety three at Barrie in the County of Simcoe, and who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at Barrie in the County of Simcoe was proved and registered in the said Surrogate Court a true copy of which said last Will and Testament is hereunder written and that the administrationof all and singular of the property of the said deceased and any way concerning his will was granted by the aforesaid court to Mary Ann Ross of the Town of Barrie in the County of Simcoe, Spinster, the Executrix named in the will, She having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same by paying the just debts of the deceased and the legacies contained in his will so far as she is thereunto bound by law and by distributing the residue ( if any) of the property according to law and and to exhibit under oath a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said property and to render a just and true account of her executorship within eighteen months or sooner if thereunto required.

Jno Stevenson
Registrar of the Surrogate Court of the County Simcoe

I, Robert Armstrong Ross of the Town of Barrie in the County oif Simcoe, Physician, do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and testamentary Dispositions heretofore made by me. I give, devise and bequeath unto my mother Elizabeth Ross all my real and personal property of whatever nature amd kind and wheresoever situate for her own use absolutely but in the event of her predeceasing me then I give, devise and bequeath all my said real and personal property unto my brother and sisters who shall be living at the time of my decease share and share alike. I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my sister Mary Ann Ross the sole Executix of this my Will. In witness whereof I, the said Robert Armstrong Ross, have to this my Will contained in this sheet of paper set my hand this eighth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety. Signed by the said Testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of ?? present at the same time who at his request in his ??

R. A. Ross M.D.

John King Allan’s (b. abot 1820) wife Harriet Adelia is Harriet Adelia Donovan (b. abt. 1839), daughter of Samuel and Sarah Johnson (b. 21 Oct. 1801) Donovan (O’Donovan) Sarah is the daughter of William (b. 29 Oct 1780) and Harriet Hollingshead Johnson (b. 25 Dec 1885), very early residents of Barrie and Kempenfeldt.

Page 272 Simcoe Co., Wills

Will #1856

This is the last Will and Testament of one John King Allen of the Township of Flos in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario, Farmer, made this twenty-ninth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundered and seventy-nine as follows:

I give, devise, and bequeath all my messuages?, lands, tenements, and heredetaments? and all my household furniture, ready money, securites, fees, money, goods, and chattels and all other my real and personal estate and affects whatsoever and wheresoever unto Harrie Adelia Allen, my wife, her heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns to and for their own absolute use and benefit, according to the nature and quality thereof respectively subject only to the payment of any just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses and the charges of proving and registering this my will. And I appoint Arthur Craig of the Township of Medonte in the County of Simcoe executor of this my will; And hereby revolking all other wills I declare this only to be my last will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my had and Seal the day and year above mentioned.

John King Allen

Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the said John King Allen the testator as for his last will and testmaent in the presence of us who in the presence of each other and at his request have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the due exectuion thereof

W. A. Blacksbeck
Robert P. Davis

#1856 - John King Allen

In Her Majestys Surrogate Court of the County of Simcoe. Be it Known that on the twenty-third day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four the last Will and Testament of John King Allen last of the Township of Medonte in the County of Simcoe, Farmer, who died on or about the thirty first day of January in the year of our Lord on thousand eight hundred and seventy nine at the said Township of Medonte and who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at the said Township of Medonte in the said County of Simcoe, was proved and registered in the Surrogate Court, a true copy of which said last will and testament is hereunder written and that the adminstration of all and singular the personal estate and effects, rights, and credits of the said deceased, and any way concerning his will was granted by the aforesaid Court to Arthur Craig of the township of Medonte in the County of Simcoe, Farmer, he having been first sworn will and faithfully to administer the same by paying the just debts of the deceased and the legacies contained in his will so far as he is thereunto bound by law, and to exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all and sigular the said estate and effects, rights, and credits and to render a just and true account of his executorship whereever required by law so to be.

Jno. Stevenson, Registrar of the Surrogate Court of the County of Simcoe

Transcribed by Anne Shier Klintworth

June, 2004

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