Henry B. K. Bauman wrote his will on July 23, 1857 when he states he is "weak in body." It describes the arrangements to be made for his widow, including the dimensions of a new house for her on the old homestead property. Two sons are permitted to buy farm lots in Hay Township from the estate before it is divided equally among all his 9 living sons and daughters. One son, Henry Jr., had predeceased him almost 20 years earlier.
Henry makes his wife Catherine one of the two executors, an uncommon practice in that time and community.
Henry died the following winter on Feb. 12, 1858.
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In the name of God amen I Henry B. K. Bauman of the village of Preston in the county of Waterloo and Province of Canada Tanner and Currier being weak in body of sound and perfect mind and memory, Blessed be allmighty God for the same, I do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say
First I give and devise to my beloved wife Catherine Bauman to have and to hold one acre of vacant land in the old homestead wherever she wishes to have it, and my Executor shall build her a frame house thereon 18 X 27ft and one story and a half high and the outside walls of the lower story to be filled out with stone or brick; and further to have all such furniture as she wishes to keep and also one cow and five hundred dollars in money of the first that will will come out of the Estate; and further to have one third of all the movable property and the Interest of one third of the old homestead to have and to hold the above property as long as she remains my widdow and after her decease it shall be equally divided amongst my heirs; and further I request my wife to continue house keeping until my youngest child is of age and as long afterwards as she wishes to continue on; and Further my wife Catherine Bauman shall have the right to sell the above mentioned house and one acre of land whenever she wishes to do so; and further whenever my wife wishes to quit house keeping my Executors shall sell the old home stead to the best advantage either altogether or in pieces or in village lots any way they can sell it to the best advantage;
And further I give and devise to my fourth son Abraham Bauman lot number five in the Twelfth Concession of the Township of Hay in the County of Huron and Province of Canada to have and to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever for the consideration of five hundred Dollars;
And further I give and devise to my fifth son Aaron Bauman Lot number four in the Twelfth Concession of the Township of Hay in the County of Huron and Province of Canada to have and to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever for the consideration of five hundred Dollars;
And further I give and devise to my three oldest sons Joseph K. Bauman, Solomon Bauman, and Peter Bauman each an equal share of my Property, and likewise my daughters Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Nancy each an equal share with my sons, and my Executors shall examine my Books and see how much each of my heirs received during my life time and those that got the least shall share first until they have equal share with the others and then they shall all share alike and if any of them have any more than their shares will amount to when my property is equal divided then they shall pay back to the Executors or other heirs whatever they have more then their share will amount to so that they will all share and share alike both sons and daughters without reserve; and I hereby authorize my Executors to grant deeds for my freehold property when sold.
I do hereby nominate and apoint Jacob Hagy and Catharine Bauman Executors of this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In Witness Whereby I have here unto set my hand and seal the twenty-third day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven.
[signed] Henry B. K. Bauman
Signed sealed published and declared by the above signed Henry B. K. Bauman to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witness in the presence of the Testator
[signed] Richard Kelsey
[signed] Aaron Bauman
Documents transcribed by Darren Arndt.
Original documents from the Ontario Archives.
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