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Stephen Binney's will

See Stephen Binney
Emily Binney (wife)
Lucy Binney (daughter)
Emily Dibblee (daughter)
William Binney (son)
Irwin Binney (Irwine - son)
Margaret McKenzie (family servant)

This will is dated 1871, the year before Stephen Binney died. It is marked as a copy. It must have been sent to Emily Dibblee as the easiest way to explain her bequest. It is a simple will, leaving everything to his wife, except for small amounts to his children "for the purchase of some small token of affection and remembrance", and the same amount to the servant of the family, Margaret McKenzie. This unfortunately means that we have no idea how much money Stephen Binney had at this point. See Emily Binney's will for some idea, plus a discussion in Irwin Binney's letters.

I'm not sure of the meaning of L.I., after Stephen Binney's name in his signature.

I have given the transcription first, and the original after, in case you want to check it.

Transcription - Page 1 of original - Page 2 - Page 3

Copy of Will

I Stephen Binney of the Parish of Moncton in the County of Westmoreland and province of new Brunswick Dominion of Canada Esquire do hereby make establish and declare this my last Will and Testament. After payment of my just debts and charges I dispose of my estate as follows. I give devise and bequeath unto my dear and beloved wife Emily Binney all my real and personal estate and property of whatsoever nature or kind wherever situate or however described including all and every interest whatsoever whether contingent future or otherwise which I have or can claim of in and to the estate of my late father Hibbert Newton Binney deceased under his last Will and Testament or otherwise save and except the sum of one hundred and twenty five dollars or personal property to which amount I leave and bequeath as follows.

To my dear and beloved daughters Lucy P. Binney and Emily Dibblee twenty five dollars and to my dear and beloved sons William P. Binney and Irwine W. Binney twenty five dollars each for the purchase of some small token of affection and remembrance and to Margaret McKenzie twenty five dollars in remembrance of her long and faithful services in my family. I hereby constitute and appoint mt Dear Wife Emily Binney Executriss of this my last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke all Wills by me heretofore made. In Witness whereby I have here unto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one.

Stephen Binney L.I.

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Stephen Binney as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us and in the presence of each other have subscribed ourselves as witnesses thereto

E.B. Chandler Jn
Martin Dowling

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