|Orphan Land Documents & Will|
Of course I couldn't pass them by so I purchased the lot. I have an overpowering urge to save and archive these kinds of old documents. I can't see them lost.
So my plan is to go through them one by one and blog about each one here on Olive Tree Genealogy. Perhaps a descendant will see a record of an ancestor. If I'm really lucky a descendant will stumble on one that I write about and want to own it. I don't want to keep these papers, I just want to be sure they are preserved and passed on to others.
A quick glance shows that these documents are mainly land records (Mortgages, Deeds, Instruments etc) for Richmond Township, Lennox & Addington Counties, Ontario Canada. One of the documents is an original will from 1849. One that I looked at (yes I was too curious to wait!) was sent from USA but I haven't read it to know what it's about.
A few of the surnames I spotted at first glace on the outside of the documents are:
Carscallen, Dennison, O'Ray, Walker, Hall, Davis, Jemmett, Windover, Winter, Hall, Wilson, Williams, Wilde, Andrews, McQuaig, Parks & Jackson.
The original will from 1849 is for William Parks of Richmond Township. I'm really excited to extract the names of his heirs from that document. There are approximately 20 documents dating from 1849 to 1938 but there may be more as I saw loose papers tucked inside documents.
Now I'm going to start archiving this genealogy treasure trove and placing the documents in archival holders. Eventually I'll do a bit of research on each name. If any readers are involved with Lennox & Addington Counties mailing lists or message boards, please let them know that this set of genealogy documents is coming online.