Will of Rev James McNally

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Date: 12 Feb 1870 to 1 Apr 1876
Location: Henry, West Hawkesbury, Prescott Co., Ontario, Canadamap
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Will of Rev. James McNally


  • LRO 46 – Prescott; Book 39, Entry 653


  • Bequests:
    • Wife Hannah (Jones) McNally - all furniture, beds and bedding plus one milk cow
    • Daughter Ann (McNally) Dunning - $1
    • Daughter Jane (McNally) Dunning - $1
    • Son Henry McNally - $1 (though he previously received the 200 acre property near Bearbrook)
    • Daughter Emily (McNally) Cheney - the 54-acre farm at West Hawkesbury, Conc. 4, Lot 19, plus charges to look after her mother, Hannah, and the herd of ponies previously owned by deceased brother James William
    • Daughter Mary (McNally) Vogan - $1
    • Daughter Frances (McNally) Pickering - $1
    • Son John Edward McNally - the 50-acre farm at Longueuil
    • Daughter Hannah Isabella (McNally) Dunning - $1
    • Son James William McNally - predeceased Rev. James


Margin note: No. 653; Valued(?) and registered this 1st day of April AD 1876 at one O’clock P.M. Jno. Higginson, Reg’r.

This Instrument Witnesseth that I, James McNally, of the Township of West Hawkesbury in the County of Prescott in the Province of Ontario, A Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada, being weak in body, but of perfect and disposing Mind Memory and understanding, do hereby Make publish and declare this to be My last Will and testament hereby revoking and Making Null and void all former last Wills and testaments, or writings in the nature of last Wills and testaments by me heretofore Made.

I Will and desire that my body be respectably interred and that all my just debts, Funeral charges and testamentary expenses be paid out of my personal Estate as soon as may be convenient after My decease. As touching My Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and dispose of the same as follows:

I Give devise and bequeath to My Daughter Emily Cheney and her husband Nelson Cheney, their Heirs Executors Administrators or assigns, My Home Stead farm being the Westerly division of Lot number Nineteen in the Fourth Concession, of the Township of West Hawkesbury, aforesaid containing Fifty four acres of land, be the same more or less to them and their sole and only use forever.

I give devise and bequeath to my son John Edward McNally, his heirs Executors and administrators and assigns all My real Estate lying and being in the Township of Longueuil in the County of Prescott aforesaid – being thirty acres of land purchased from Samuel Howes besides one acre of land reaching from the boundary line of the Township to the said thirty acres of land in width thirty feel affording ingress and egress to the said lands, also together with Twenty six acres of land purchased from Charles P. Treadwell Esq. and lying alongside of the aforesaid thirty acres, also One dollar by. I give devise and bequeath to my beloved Wife Hannah Jones McNally, all my Household Furniture, Beds & Bedding to her, her heirs and assigns, to have hold and enjoy the same forever, and in Making provision for her support and maintenance – Should she survive Me – My Will is that she receive in the stead of her lawful Dower in My Estate, that She be supported and maintained during her Natural life, with food rainment and the necessaries and comforts of life suitable to her station in life, by My aforesaid Daughter Emily Cheney and her husband Nelson Cheney, and for which said support My Will is that My Home stead property, given and bequeathed to my said daughter Emily Cheney and her husband Nelson Cheney shall be held liable. I give and bequeath to my son Henry McNally the sum of One dollar. I give and bequeath to my Five Daughters – vis. Ann Dunning – Jane Dunning – Mary Vogan – Fanny Pickering – And Hannah Isabella Dunning – the sum of One dollar each – the said bequest – both to my son and Daughters - to be paid out of my personal property, within one year after My decease, by my Executors hereinafter named. My Will and pleasure is that the span of Ponies now on the place – formerly belonging to my deceased son William McNally – be kept upon the premises during my own natural life and the natural life of My said Wife Hannah Jones McNally should she survive me, or in other words – as long as the said Ponies live. And the rest and residue of My property both real personal and mixed of whatever name or nature, I give devise and bequeath to My Daughter Emily Cheney, and her husband Nelson Cheney – to them, their heirs or assigns forever, Save and except one Milch Cow, which I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Hannah Jones McNally, to be by her disposed of as she may deem Meet.

And I Nominate and appoint my trusty and worthy friends, John Cross of the Township of Longueuil – Reeve, Nelson Cheney of West Hawkesbury, Yeoman – and Henry McNally of West Hawkesbury My Executors, in order that this my last Will and testament may be carried into effect.

In Witness whereof I, the said James McNally, the Testator have hereunto at my hand and seal the twelfth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy.

(signed) James McNally L.S.

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said James McNally the testator 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 hereto.

(signed) John Cross

(signed) John Shields

County of Prescott To Wit {I, John Shields of the Village of Vankleek Hill in the County of Prescott in the Province of Ontario, Township Clerk, Make oath and Say that the annexed Copy of Will, is a true Copy of the last Will and testament of James McNally, A Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada, That I have compared the said Copy with the original, That I was present and did see the original last Will and Testament duly signed and sealed by James McNally the Testator, That the said last Will and testament was signed sealed and executed in the presence of John Cross, of Longueuil, and this deponent, that I, this deponent and the said John Cross did sign our names as Witnesses to the said Original Will, in the presence of the Testator and in presence of each other, at the Township of West Hawkesbury in the said County of Prescott, on this twelfth day of February A.D. 1870.

(signed) John Shields

Sworn before me at Vankleek Hill in the County of Prescott this 30th day of March 1870.

(signed) William McRae A Commissioner in B.R.

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