Will of Henry Lighty

Henry Lighty (Lichty) wrote his will on May 18, 1812 in Markham Township.  On June 21, 1817, his executors registered the will in York County Surrogate Court.  On the appraisal document of Henry's personal property, it states "Henry Lighty of Late Deceased in the Township of Markham May the 23 Day 1817".

Henry's signature was unique.  It was not an illegible scrawl, but it was also not easily recognized, at least in English.  One of the affidavits registered in court was by the witnesses of his will confirming that the signature really was Henry's, and that they saw him write it.  The clerk even traced the signature onto the affidavit to be perfectly clear which mark was Henry's.  Apparently it wasn't obvious to the court.

The entire will is transcribed below, but the image of the third page did not copy well from the microfilm.  I've included Henry's signature from when he witnessed Peter Stover's will in 1813.

Images of the Will

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Text of the Will of Henry Lighty

In the name of God amen this Eighteenth Day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and twelve I Henry Lighty of Markham township and County of York and province of Upper Canada yeoman being at present unwell and weak in body nevertheless of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding thanks be unto God Calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that is appointed for all men once to die Do make and ordain this my Last Will and testament that is to day principally and first of all I Recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God who gave it me and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me thus in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis[?] this is my will and I do hereby order in the first place that all my just Debts and funeral expenses should be paid of out of my estate as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.  Item this is my will and I do hereby order that my beloved wife Elizabeth shall have the full right and liberty to live and abide in my house that we live in now during her natural life or as long as she remains my widow.  She shall also have two cows and four sheep and one hog of two hundred weight and fifty weight of good beef and eighteen bushels of good Merchanable Wheat ([inserted between lines] pork and beef and wheat - yearly) and two beds and bedsteads and one chest and all the house and kitchen fornertor [furniture] and three hundred Dollars in Money.  It is also my further will and I do hereby order if my said wife Elizabeth should give her into another marriage then she shall immediately quit claim all the possession of all my said house land and lands and produce and shall then have only two hundred Dollars in money and the one half of the house and kitchen fornertor and the lot in Uxbridge Number Seventeen in the third Concession, the airs is to sell it or Divide it and it is my Will further that all the airs is to Receive Equal Share of Every payment of the whole estate.

And lastly I do hereby Nominate constitute and appoint these three men Joseph Reesor Jacob Widman and Jacob Stover all of the township of Markham and County of York aforesaid to be the executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking disannulling and making void all former and other will and wills and executors by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and no others to be my Last Will and Testament in witness to these of I have here unto set my hands and seal the Day and year first within written.

Signed sealed published announced and declared by the above signed Henry Lighty the testator for his last will and testament.

Peter Reesor [signed]                                                    Heinrich Lichti [signed]
Abraham Reamer [X]
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Documents transcribed by Darren Arndt.

Original documents from the Ontario Archives, microfilm MS638 reel 88.

Page last updated May 14, 2004