Last Will & Testiment - William Atkinson (April 7, 1876)  
This instrument wittnesseth: that I William Atkinson of the Township of Howard in the County of Kent and the Province of Ontario; yeoman; being of sound mind and memory and of the age of Seventy seven years, do make, publish, and declare that this my Last Will and Testament, in the manner following, to wit: My will is that my funeral charges and just debts shall be paid by executor hereinafter named. The residue of my estate and property which shall not be required for the payment of my just debts, funeral charges, and the expenses attendant upon the execution of this will; and the administration of my estate I give, devise and dispose thereof as follows, that is to say:

First: I give and devise to my son Thomas Atkinson and his heirs in Fee Toll all my interest in Fifty five acres being the West part of Block Lot number 6 between the second and third concession, also Fifteen acres of the Southwest corner of Lot number six in the second concession of the Township of Howard, in the County of Kent, and Province of Ontario; being that part of said Lots now held by one in Fee Simple subject to such reservations as are hereafter mentioned on behalf of my wife Sarah Atkinson, and to certain legacies to my daughter Isabel, and Jane.

Second: I give and bequeath to my daughter Isabel Atkinson, the sum of one hundred Dollars to be paid by my son Thomas one year after my decease.

Third: I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Atkinson, the sum of one hundred Dollars to be paid by my son Thomas one year after my decease.

Fourth: I give and bequeath to my wife Sarah Atkinson, all my personal property and the use of the orchard upon the property devised to my son Thomas, during her natural life in place of dower.

My three sons Robert, John, and Christopher, and my daughter Mary, being already sufficiently provided for, I give and bequeath them but one Dollar each.

I hereby appoint William McKerrecher, of the Township of Howard, the sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed my seal, this the seventh day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and seventy six.

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The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof, signed, sealed, published and declared by the said William Atkinson, 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 subscribed our names as attending witnesses.

Cornelius McBrayne

Nicholas Weekes

 
Probate Record - Christopher Atkinson (November 7, 1881)
In the matter of the Estate of Christopher Atkinson, deceased, Your petitioner would respectfully represent to the court that he was on the seventh day of November AD 1881 duly appointed administrator of said deceased, and that he accepted the trust; that all the proceedings required by law for the proper administration of said estate have been taken, as shown by the files and records of said Court, so that said estate is now in condition to be closed; that the final account of said administrator was on the ninth day of August last, after due notice given, presented, examined, and allowed; and shows that of the personal estate of said deceased, and of the real estate there remains the pieces and parcels of land described in said account. Your petitioner further represents that all the debts, funeral charges, expense of administration, and all allowances for the support of the family of the deceased during the progress of the settlement of the estate, have been fully paid; that the widow preferred claims to the personal estate have been fully satisfied. Your petitioner further represents that the following persons, whose names, ages and relationship to the deceased are as follows and sole heirs of said deceased, and are entitled to the entire of said estate, subject to the dower right therein of the widow of said deceased:

John, son of said deceased, residing in Botany, Can. aged 23

William, son of said deceased, residing in Botany, Can. aged 23

Christopher, son of said deceased, residing in Botany, Can. aged 18

Edwin, son of said deceased, residing in Botany, Can. aged 19

Catherine, daughter of said deceased, residing in Botany, Can. aged 16

Sarah Ann, daughter of said deceased, residing in Big Rapids, Mich. aged 11

James, son of said deceased, residing in Big Rapids, Mich. aged 5

Your petitioner therefore prays that a day be fixed for hearing this petition and due notice thereof be given to all persons included, as the Court shall direct, and that such residence of said estate may be, by the decree of said Court, duly assigned to said lawful heirs, and that such further order and proceedings; may be held in the premises as required by law.

October 3, 1882     Davis Lessarel

 
Last Will & Testimant - John Atkinson (April 12, 1899)
This is the last will and testament of me John Atkinson of the Township of Howard in the county of Kent and province of Ontario, builder and contractor as follows:

(1) I direct the payment of all just debts funeral and testamentary expenses first out of my estate by my executors hereinafter named.

(2) I give devise and bequeath to my nephews John Atkinson, William Atkinson, Edward Atkinson, and Christopher Atkinson, (sons of my brother Christopher Atkinson) each the sum of four hundred dollars and to my niece Catherine Cahey one hundred dollars to be paid to them within one year after my death by my executors and should any of my said nephews or niece die before receiving said money devise the sum, devise to those so dying shall be paid to the survivors in the same proportion as I have made my devise to them.

(3) I give devise and bequeath to my niece Emily J. Vert now Emily J. Dick one thousand one hundred dollars to be paid to her by my executors as follows, - within one year after my death.

(4) I give devise and bequeath to my nephew James Atkinson son of my brother Christopher Atkinson one hundred dollars to be paid to him by my executors within one year after my death.

(5) I give devise and bequeath to Mary Jane Dick, daughter of said Emily J. Dick the sum of two thousand dollars to be paid to her when she arrives at the age of 21 years or at the expiration of one year after my death whichever of said events shall last happen, and in case said Mary Jane Dick is not of the age of 21 years at the expiration of one year after my death I direct that said sum of two thousand dollars be invested on first mortgage, security on real estate and the interest paid to her until she is 21 years of age when said principal will be paid to her, but in case Mary Jane Dick does not live until she is entitled to receive said money under the above provisions then and in that case I devise said sum of two thousand dollars to Willard Atkinson, Isabella Atkinson, Margaret Atkinson, Alice Atkinson and Thomas Atkinson, children of my brother Thomas Atkinson and the survivors of the share alike.

(6) I give devise and bequeath to my brother Thomas Atkinson the sum of five hundred dollars to be paid to him by my executors hereinafter named within one year after my death and in case my said brother Thomas dies before me I devise said money to his children and living share alike.

(7) I give devise and bequeath to Alexander Dick of the township of Howard the sum of three hundred dollars to be paid to him by my executors within one year after my death and to be received by said Alexander Dick and accepted by him in full satisfaction for any claim he may have against me at my death.

(8) All the rest and residue of my estate and effects I give devise and bequeath to my nephews and nieces, sons and daughters of my brothers Christopher and Thomas Atkinson named in this my last will and testament and my niece Emily J. Dick and the survivors of them who may be living at the distribution share alike.

And I hereby appoint Thomas Spence and George Cameron both of the Township of Howard in the County of Kent, farmers, executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke all wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me.

In witness thereby I have hereunto set my hand and my initials to the foregoing page this twelfth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and ninety nine.

Signed by the said testator as his last will and testament in our presence and we at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.