Andrew McKinley’s will

Carol Fleetwood provided Andrew McKinley’s will to us. Fantastic piece of our family history. There are so many people mentioned in the will. Thank you for sharing.

I Andrew McKinley of Dromoske Parish of Drumholm County of Donegal being of sound mind but weak in body. By this my last will and testament Dispose of and settle all my property and chattels in the following manner. I hereby bequeath to my son Hugh McKinley of Dromoske all my property and chattels to be my successor in title and ownership of all said property and chattels at my decease and I hereby charge and bind my son Hugh to support out of said property and chattels my wife Jane McKinley in the following manner as so long as she is pleased to live with him she is to have his support as one of the family with free access to everything and every place in the house as usual 2nd or a room to herself and one cow in her own name 3 barrel of potatoes and 3 cwt of meal per year. 3rd or should she choose to live with any other of her children or friends both of above arrangements are void. Then I hereby bind my son Hugh to pay her the sum of 10 Pounds, 0 Shillings and 0 Pence per year during her natural live. I also direct my son Hugh to pay my daughter Margaret the sum of 20 Pounds, 0 Shillings and 0 Pence and to my grandson John McKinley one heifer and to my son John’s wife and children the sum of 0 Pounds, 1 Shillings and 0 Pence each and to Thomas Algeo and family 0 Pounds, 1 Shillings and 0 Pence each and I hereby appoint and constitute my son Hugh McKinley of Dromoske as sole Executor of this my last will and testament in witness where of I set off in my hand and signature Dated this the 15th day of October 1874.
Andrew McKinley

Witness present
James Melly
James McGrath

2 thoughts on “Andrew McKinley’s will

  1. It is interesting how he included two options for his wife in the will. I wonder if it gave her more flexibility than was typical for a widow at that time.

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