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Transcript: Will  (and Codicils) of Margaret Patton November 21 1871
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Title: Transcript: Will (and Codicils) of Margaret Patton November 21 1871
Identifier: 2005.1.126.2
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1970-1975
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A transcript of the will and codicils of Margaret Patton, sister of Capt. James B. Harris. The will is dated Nov. 21, 1871. The codicils are dated July 24, 1872 and May 25, 1876 in which Margaret gives to her nephew, Henry William Harris, his inheritance of 500 pounds as specified in her will and an additional 200 pounds prior to her death. The will is witnessed by Mrs. Patton's cook, Elspith Mann. At the top right corner in black ink and handwriting is the number "79" . The number "84" was also there, but is scribbled out.The reverse of the typewritten transcript is letterhead for Geoffrey H. Sayers, Suite 801, 170 University Avenue, Toronto.

Margaret Patton née Harris (c.1800-1877) was the sister of Captain James Harris of Benares and Matilda Lindsay. Margaret, named for her mother, Margaret Marshall Harris, married her first cousin, James Murray Patton. In 1831, James inherited 2/3rds of the Glenalmond Estate in Perthshire, Scotland with his brother Thomas. During James’ ownership, a group of Highland whiskey bootleggers were caught by a force of excisemen and cavalry on Glenalmond lands that was immortalized in a ballad (1837). James Murray died on Christmas day in 1853. Glenalmond was left to James’ younger brother Thomas and later to his sister Margaret Ann Patton whom Margaret lived with. Margaret frequently wrote to her brother, Captain Harris at Benares and would help to send care packages to his family with her sister Matilda. Margaret died in 1877.

These transcripts were typed by Kathleen Sayers, wife of Geoffrey Sayers, whose interest in family history led her to transcribe original papers, letters, newspaper clippings, transcripts and research notes relating to Geoffrey's lineage. Geoffrey was the great grandson of James Beveridge Harris and Elizabeth Molony Harris.
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