July 31, 2012

Genealogy Treasure No.1: 1849 Will of William Parks

This is the first in the set of documents I purchased at an antique store in Kingston Ontario July 27, 2012. For details, see Found! Treasure Trove of Land Documents from Ontario Canada
This genealogy treasure is a hand-written copy of the original will of William Parks dated 1849.

I purchased this in a bundle of old documents, deeds etc. in Kingston Ontario.

William Parks states he is a resident of Richmond Township in the District of Midland, Province of Canada. This is now Richmond Township, Lennox & Addington Counties, Ontario Canada.

The land he bequeaths is noted as being Lot 16, Concession 6 in Richmond Township.
Many of the documents are about that specific piece of property over the years and I will get to each of them as I go through the papers. So each one will be a blog post.

In the will, William mentions his wife Rebecca is to have 1/3 of the homestead and a place in the home as long as she is his widow. This is pretty standard stuff for the time period. Men often left their wives provided for with a roof over their heads as long as they did not remarry.

Also mentioned are sons:

* eldest son James William to have 5L, some blacksmith tools and land

* William Milo to have East 1/2 of Lot 17, Concession 6

* youngest son Rueben Jesse to have West 1/2 of Lot 17, Concession 6

* Grandson Alva Hazzard to have 2L and some personal items (details in the will)

More documents will follow as I scan them and extract their details. You may view all the documents as they are published by clicking on the label Lennox-Addington Co. Collection. If you are a descendant and would like to own any of these records, please contact me. Just click on ABOUT LORINE and scroll to the bottom of the page to obtain an email address.

Lorine's Research
I conducted my own research on Ancestry.com on this family and found that Rebecca married again after William's death, first to a Mr. Leggatt  or Leggette then to William McKittrick.

She had one child by Mr. Leggatt were a daughter Sarah Margaret born ca 1853. She had one child by Willliam McKittrick were James born ca 1858. Rebecca appears to have adopted a daughter Cynthia Dennison who later used the surname McKittrick.

In the 1881 census on Ancestry.com, Rebecca McKittrick is found as a 54 year old widow with daughter Cynthia McKittrick age 15. Her son Reuben Parks is living next door with his wife and family.

1871 finds Rebecca McKittrick, a 44 year old widow living with her son Reuben Parks 24 and wife, her son William Parks 26, her daughter Sarah Lyngatt [sic] 18, her son James McKittrick 13, and two children Enos Lapoint, 9 and Cynthia Dennison, later McKittrick, 5

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