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Jan 1 1825 Estimated Date
To: Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario

[Enclosure: Part of David McQuesten's Will (1757-1829).]

[Written at top:] "This is the part of Grandfather's will which relates to Aunt Margaret." J.K. McQuesten.1

Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret N. McQuesten2 the sum of $200.00 to be paid unto her at the expiration of one year after my decease. I further give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret two feather bedsteads and bedding for the same, including the one she now has in use, also the bureau which I now have in use. The articles above named to be delivered to her at my decease.

Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza McQuesten the sum of $200.00 to be paid unto her in one year after my decease. I further give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza McQuesten two beds bedsteads and bedding for the same, also a case of high drawers which are now in use. The above named articles to be delivered to her at my decease.

Also I give and bequeath to my two daughters Margaret N. McQuesten and Eliza McQuesten before named for their use only and occupation so long as they or either of them remain unmarried and should one of them marry then to the sole use of the other, Viz., the front room in the South West corner of my dwelling house and the east bed room in the chamber over the kitchen, a privilege in the cellar necessary for their accommodation with the privilege of passing to and from the bed room above mentioned.

Also the privilege of using the oven for baking and other necessary uses. Also the privilege of drawing water from the well at all times, with the privilege of passing through that part of the house necessary in going to and from said well. Also six dining room chairs which are now in use.

Also one good cow to be delivered them at my decease which is to be kept and supported on the farm free from expense to them or either of them so long as they or either of them may occupy the privilege in the house before named.

Also the privilege of cutting and taking eight cords of fine wood yearly from the farm where I now live so long as they or either of them may continue to occupy the privileges above named, agreeably to the provisions above named, and which are hereinafter named, Provided, however, should both of them hereafter marry, then their right to occupy and enjoy the privileges above named to cease. Provided further that should they or either of them be left a widow and in indigent circumstances in that case they or either of them are to have the privilege of returning, occupying and enjoying all the privileges before mentioned in the same way and manner as though they had remained, said premises not to be rented by them nor occupied by any other person.

Also the chaise and harness for the same and also the horse I may leave at my decease to be kept for the use of the family and to be supported from the farm which I now live.

1 This quotation from David McQuesten's will is also part of the letter from John Knox McQuesten to Dr. Calvin McQuesten, dated January 27, 1879, W-MCP5-6.336. The archive contains the following correspondence with John Knox McQuesten, but it may not be exhaustive: W-MCP5-6.346, W-MCP5-6.336, W4814, Box 03-211, W-MCP6-1.404, W8223, Box 04-011, W8246, W8800. see also W-MCP1-3a.006.
John Knox McQuesten is the nephew of Dr. Calvin McQuesten, who is the brother of Samuel and of Margaret and Eliza.

2 Margaret Nahor McQuesten (1796-1893) is Dr. Calvin McQuesten's sister. She remained unmarried and her father David McQuesten, in his will, provided for her and gave her a right to be kept in her own room in the family home for as long as she lived: "her whole life was passed on the homestead in Bedford, and she died in the room where she was born" (L.B. McQuiston p.81). Margaret died in 1893 at the age of 97. This portion of the will also mentions Margaret's sister Eliza, who did marry but was widowed and died in April, 1877, see W2480.

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