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William Edward Legge (1767 - 1825)

William Edward Legge
Born in Westminster, London, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 14 Aug 1785 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 57 in Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, Nova Scotiamap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Aug 2008
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Born 1765 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.[1] William married Catherine Margaret Daré August 14, 1785, at St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.[2] [3]

On 25 October 1785, William and Catherine purchased 15 acres of land from James and Catherine Dares for the sum of 20 £. the land was located on Northwest Range (letter A, No. 17).

Over the years, William and Catherine would go on to purchase two more lots of land from the Dares: 100 acres at Lunenburg in 1794, and 150 acres in 1811.

William's occupation at the time of the first transaction was cordwainer (shoemaker), and his occupation was yeoman (farmer) at the time of the last transaction.

Addresses were shown at Lunenburg, Northwest Range, and Martin's River.

William's will, written in 1819, indicates that he was part owner of the schooner Defiance.

William Legge's Last Will and Testament reads as follows:

"In the name of God Amen, I, William Legge, Sr. of the Township and County of Lunenburg in the Province of Nova Scotia, Yeoman, considering the uncertainty of this Mortal Life and being of Sound and perfect Mind and memory, Blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and Publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say In primis, I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it to me and my body to the Earth from whence it came, to be buried in a decent Christian like manner, and as for that wordly estate wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me I dispose thereof as follows.

First to my Loving wife Catharine Legge during her widowhood only all my Real and personal Estate which I shall possess. Possessed of Situate lying and being in the Township Aforesaid in the third Division Letter D of three hundred acre Lots No 1 Ditto No 5 or elsewhere, but in case my loving Wife Should Marry again then and in that Case an Inventory shall be taken previous to such marriage of all the Personal estate She to have her third thereof for her own and She to enjoy her Dower in the Real Estate, and after such Marriage of Decease I give and Bequesth the Remainder of my personal Estate together with whole of my Remaining Real Estate Situate as aforesaid unto my three Sons James Edward Legge, George Michael Legge, and Benjamin George Legge Their Heirs and Assigns forever William John he having received his share of Lot No. 1 is excluded from having any further share on the same Lot but as long as he stays and resides on the aforesaid Lot No 1 is to have an equal share on Lot No. 5 but on his death or removal his share of Lot No 5 to be divided among his surviving Brothers and James Edward, George Michael, and Benjamin George to have the place where I now Reside together with all the Cattle goods, farming Utensils, and Household furniture and everything belonging to said house and farm upon condition that they pay unto Sarah, Mary Ann and Susannah five pounds each and to Elizabeth and Eliza Catherine when of age Five pounds each together with a New feather bed and full change of bedding, a Cow, a spinning wheel and a full suit of clothes to each and my youngest daughtersre to Remain in the House as Before my Decease till they are settled and it is my express Will and order that my aforesaid Sons shall allow each to the other Roads through the hereby demised premises where necessary and wanted and neither of my sons are to cut any timber or wood for sale off the aforesaid Lot No 5 unless they are all agreed and in case either of three sons James Edward, George Michael, or Benjamin George should die without heirs then his or their share be divided among the surviving brothers (William John excepted). I leave my Share of the schooner "Defiance" or any vessel Boat or Craft I may be possessed of unto my three sons James Edward, George Michael, and Benjamin George.

Lastly I nominate and appoint my said Loving Wife Catharine Legge Executrix and James Langille Executor of this my Last Will and Testament. Only as my Last Will and Testament in witness thereof I have set my hand and seal this 29 day of January 1819.

William Legge"

William died 3 January 1825 in Martins River, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Born 1765

Died 3 JAN 1825. Martins River, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Research Notes

This profile states that William was born in 1765, Woolwich, England. Woolwich is an area of London which is the "home to the Royal Arsenal, a former arms manufacturing complex dating back to the 17th century." WikiPedia. Does the letter say he was born in 1765 and baptized at Westminster 11 Dec 1767?

Marriage to Margaretha Barbara Boehner?

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2017-05-25), entry for Margaretha Barbara /Boehner/. Indicates marriage to William Legge with no sources
  • A Well Sourced site on Boehner family Does not indicate any marriage for this person.

Updated Researh Note

Most family trees at Ancestry, My Heritage, etc., give his parents as: Father: William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth Mother: Frances Catherine Gunter Nicoll. Clearly, more research needs to be done, since this profile was originally based on an unsourced tree. Fetterly-28 06:37, 17 January 2022 (UTC)

Also note the set of parents given here: And this as sources. Fetterly-28 06:49, 17 January 2022 (UTC)


  1. Source for birth? A letter in the possession of Betsy Byrne from Pearl (Legge) Lyons to her cousin Elizabeth apparently written in the 1970s says that their great-grandfather William was from Woolwich, England.
  2. Don Shankle, Shankles Lunenburg, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Births, Marriages and Deaths from Primary Sources - from Lunenburg County and Queens County church and civil records, [1]
  3. Marriage: "LEGGE","William","M","1785-08-14",,"SJAL","Daree, Cath Margaret".[2]
  • Montbélliard Emigrations to Nova Scotia, 1749-1752, p. 77, Torrence M. Punch, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore Maryland, 2014.
  • Most of the information above is from a "OneWorldTree" on No primary sources available yet. Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.

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This is the same William Edward Legge in this link -[1] with sources, married to the same two wives and yet totally different parents, who match with William Legge-Find A Grave: Memorial #186097491 and Frances Katherine Gounter (Nicoll) Legge-Find A Grave: Memorial #186109292

Myheritage link-[2] that Don mentioned in his posted here.

References found at,, backing up data shown here, as well as other sites and information.
posted by [Living Crum]
Legge-297 and Legge-15 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse and marriage date. The birth location is different, what are the sources for the London birth?
posted by Chris Whitten
Are there any records or hints for his marriage to Margaretha Barbara (Boehner) Legge? Because Catherine was his wife in his will, he would have married Margaretha before Catherine.
posted by Robin Lee

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