I cherish the copy of Cinq Maisons that I bought by mail from Vaughn’s Stationery, Ltd., Windsor, Nova Scotia. It was written by Pearl Cochran Brown and the full title is The Story of Cinq Maisons and Georgefield *** Winkworth *** Mantua and Reminisences. Pearl descended from both David and Mungo Dill. It must have been written over a considerable period of time but she notes it was finally finished in 1975.

As I’ve done more research I’ve discovered that what is probably family tradition regarding the early Dills and Cinq Maisons is incomplete and incorrect. It is to correct these errors and omissions that this work is written.

A few of the corrections are noted here:

David Dill’s wife was Jane Walker and not Jane Smith and they were married in Halifax in 1774 and not in Ireland.

All of the children were born in Nova Scotia and not Ireland.

The Dills (David, John and Mungo) received a land grant of 1000 acres in 1784, land on which they apparently had been living. It is not Cinq Maisons.

David Dill rented Cinq Maisons from Michael and Margaret Scott (the son and wife and heirs of Colonel Joseph Scott) for a period of 30 years in 1802 .

David’s children John, William, Alexander and Joseph bought Cinq Maisons from the Scotts in 1811. Mungo and John were never part of Cinq Maisons but resided on their land grant.

Jane (no records) married Nathaniel Smith. Pearl listed his children.

David (lost at sea) married Rebecca McLatchy and had children.

Joseph (possibly the Falmouth Dills) married Ann Christie and resided in Windsor.

Patience (no records) married Joseph Clark Caldwell.

But I still cherish my little book and shall be forever indebted to a courageous lady who had the inspiration, courage and fortitude to set forth the story of the Dill brothers of Nova Scotia. Thanks, Pearl.

Clermont, Florida

January, 2004.

Descendants of David, John and Mungo Dill


How and when the Dill brothers came to Nova Scotia has not yet been revealed by the records so far examined. The Gateway to the Valley says that the Dills were headed from Ireland to Philadelphia in 1769 and were shipwrecked on Sable Island. The ship Admiral Hawke, bound for Philadelphia with passengers from Londonderry Ireland, foundered off Sable Island in 1769 and was forced to put in at Halifax. Several passengers decided to stay; among them were the Hunters, McHeffys, Allisons, McGees and Millers. Perhaps the Dills too but we just don’t know.

There was a Joseph Dill who, with several others, received a 100,000 acre land grant in Granville on 30 October 1765. Permission was granted to J. Dill heirs to alienate the land to J. Farnsworth on 2 July 1768. This suggests that Joseph died soon after receiving the grant. There was a Daniel Dill in Granville in the 1770 census, perhaps one on the heirs of Joseph. It may be that David, John and Mungo were also heirs of Joseph’s and moved on the Windsor.

Tracing others in the group with Joseph that received the land grant might lead to a common origin for the group. Those in the group whose names begin with “D” are John Davis, John Duport, Jr., Robert Duport, Edward Day, Arthur Day, Thomas Day and Elisha Delaway. Only the Duports have been traced and they are from England.


That the Dills came from Ireland seems to be born out by census data where in 1817 Mungo has 2 people in his family and 2 are Irish. Neither David nor John appears in that census but David’s sons David and Alex do and each has an unknown Irish person living with them. The family names are similar to those of the David Dill family of Fanet (Fanad) in County Donegal, Ireland. That David had sons John and David (and perhaps others as birth control and abstinence were not widely practiced in the 1600s) and the fact that the names William, David, Alexander and John continue in that family indicates a possible connection. That family included a Samuel whose son Robert was in Windsor as early as 1770 but moved to Londonderry, Nova Scotia where he, with others received a grant of 44,500 acres. One of the others was John Denny, possibly his father-in-law. Burkes Landed Gentry of Ireland only shows four children for Samuel, two boys and two girls; if correct that removes the possibility that they were brothers of Robert.

There are Dills in Scotch Village in the 1871 and 1881 censuses. James was born about 1802 and William about 1807. Their children are listed in the census living in Scotch Village. They do not fit into what we know about David or Mungo Dill and perhaps they are grandchildren of John perhaps through James who appears in several land transactions and is probably a son of John’s.

Other Dills that we have no information on include Eleanor Dill, left a bequest by Daniel Frizzel, possible a daughter that married a Dill. Sarah Dill, born about 1816, married Thomas Moore.


The first Dill record that we find is that of a marriage bond between John Dill and Elizabeth Walker dated 13 July 1773 and the subsequent marriage of them at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 30 July, 1773 by Reverend Neal. Next we find a marriage bond between David Dill and Jane Walker dated 3 January 1774 and the marriage on the same date performed by Reverend Neal at St. Paul’s in Halifax. These records raise some questions. Why marry in Halifax which is a full day’s ride away? And did they marry in an Anglican Church because of their Wives? While we don’t know the parentage of the Walker women, we assume that they were sisters and probably English. According to Gateway to the Valley there was only a non-denominational church in Windsor starting in 1771.

Mungo was bonded to Rachael Forswell on 16 April 1779. A search of censuses and other records fails to reveal a Forswell family in Nova Scotia and it seems generally accepted that the name Frizzel was meant and spelled improperly by the clerk. There were Frizzels in the area at the time.

Land Transactions

Where the Dill’s lived with their new wives has not been revealed in the records. Probably they lived on the land later granted to them that was originally granted to Keithly Day on 12 October 1765 and escheathed in 1781. That land was then granted to David, John and Mungo Dill dated 9 July 1784 and consisted of two lots of 500 acres each. The land description reads “Beginning at a stake and stones in front of John Dill’s house....”. Thus it would seem that the Dill’s had occupied the land and built on it before acquiring it by grant. This is the land shown in Cinq Maisons with the implication that it is the farm called Georgefield that was granted to Joseph Scott and sold to the Dills but it clearly is not. (See Figures 1 and 2)


Figure 1 Land granted the Dills on 9 July 1784. This is not Cinq Maisons (Georgefield).

The Scott land grants were many and to several members of the Scott family. Colonel Joseph Scott, Winkworth Tonge and George Day married the Cotnam sisters and each received numerous large grants. When Joseph Scott died in 1800 he willed part of his property to his son, Michael and part to his wife, Margaret (Cotnam) Scott. Joseph had agreed to pay an annuity to a Charlotte Cotnam, spinster that


Figure 2 Approximate location of Georgefield relative to the Dills’ grant of 1784.

was to be paid from the rent of a certain property called “Margaret Lands” paid by Nathaniel Smith. Son Michael Scott inherited the property and the annuity and when Nathaniel Smith wanted to buy the property in 1802, Michael had to find another means to satisfy the annuity payments to Charlotte so he negotiated a new annuity with Charlotte where it was to be satisfied by rent from a lease he had negotiated with David Dill dated 20 November 1802 for a property called Five Houses and now called Georgefiield. It was to begin the first day of May in 1803 for ₤30 a year paid semi- annually for a period of 30 years. Thus, it appears that David Dill was the sole proprietor, but not the owner, of Georgefield.

On 20 October 1811 an agreement was reached between Margaret Scott and John, Alexander, William and Joseph Dill to purchase two pieces of property; one for £100 and one for £700. The first was described as being along the St. Croix River between the old and new bridges and the Old Road and the second as being ½ of the property formerly called Five Houses and now called George Field. Both properties were described as being in the “possession and occupation of David Dill by virtue of a lease made and entered into by the aforesaid Margaret Scott and Michael Scott said lease bearing the date of 20 November 1802 for 30 years...”. While the wording in the two documents is virtually the same, the ½ of the George Field sale described the lease as including a third party, Samuel Mercer. It appears that Samuel was a lawyer who handled the trust that passed some of Joseph Scott’s property to his wife and son. Samuel Mercer and Daniel Wood were also parties to

Georgefield partitioned among John, Wm and Alex Dill, 1828

Figure 3 Georgefield partition of 1828.

the sale of the Margaret Lands to Nathaniel Smith.

So the Georgefield property passed to four of David’s five sons because they bought it and not because he left it to them. Note that David’s brother John and his half brother Mungo are in no way part of the Georgefield property.

There was a further document called the “Deed of Partition” dated 10 July 1828 in which the Georgefield estate is divided among Alexander, William and John Dill; Alexander takes the southern portion, William gets the middle and John gets the northern part. Perhaps there was an agreement in principle for Joseph to sell his portion to his brothers at that time but that transaction was not made until 4 December 1839 in an agreement signed by Joseph and his wife Ann and registered on 23 November 1842. Ann signed another agreement on 21 November 1842, by then Joseph’s widow (Joseph died on 20 May 1840), in which she relinquished all claims to Georgefield. That agreement was also registered on 23 November, 1842.

The layout of the Georgefield property as surveyed in 1828 is shown in Figure 3.

David, John and Mungo jointly purchased part of a property known as “Lot 57" in the town of St. Croix. The part they bought was 3/4 of a lot where the remaining part was owned by James Dill which he had purchased of James Riley on 6 Jan 1808. He may have been a son of John Dill. In a conveyance dated 3 November 1809, Mungo Dill of Falmouth, husbandman, and his wife Rachael sold his part and also his share of the 1000 acre grant to his 2 half brothers, John Dill, Senr of Ardoise Hill, yoeman and David Dill, Senr of Georgefield. On 1 Jan 1810, John Dill, Senr of Ardoise Hill and his wife Elizabeth sold his share of Lot 57 to his son John Dill, Junr of the same place. One might guess from this that James and John Junr are brothers but we have no other evidence to show that.


David and John Dill Junr sold 190 acres to George Johnson and on 14 Nov 1811, John Junr and James each sold to George Mosher, James selling 145 acres and John selling 23 acres, both transactions being recorded on the same page in the deed register. Marriage bonds show John, Junr was to be married to Sophia Barker in 1805. This may be Sophia Beckwith. In any event, neither James’ nor John’s wife was asked to confirm the sale which is unusual since almost all other sales required a Justice of the Peace to verify that the wife concurred

Pursuing all of the land transactions is beyond the scope of this document but the above serves to establish some of the background for the ownership of Georgefield and it shows that John Dill had at least one son , John, Junr and possibly two, James.


Legislative Assembly

The Dills appear to have left little for us to determine what their lives were like. We do have the records of the Legislative Assembly to show us a few aspects of their life.

About 1800, Mr. Dimock presented a petition of John Dill and David Dill requesting a sum of £22 11s 3d as Contractors for making a road around Salt hill near Windsor.

In 1800, Nathaniel Smith (Jane Dill’s husband or father-in-law) petitioned that he had been put to heavy expense and at present is deprived of the Benefit of keeping a House of Entertainment for Travelers in consequence of an alteration being made to the publick Road through his land to the Bridge over the River st. Croix. He was granted £25.

In 1802, the House refused to pay Mungo £15 but did pay him that amount in 1803 for work performed by him on the road near Palmer’s Lane leading from the Three Mile Plain to the Avon Bridge, in Windsor.

On Monday, 2 July 1804, Mr. Dimock read petitions from John Dill, Lodowick Hunter and James Hunter praying relief in consequence of an injury they sustained by the new Road being made over Ardoise Hill.

On Tuesday, 10 July 1804, Mr. Dimock presented a petition of Nathaniel Smith and Lodowick Hunter to be relieved from the strict performance of their contract for making a new road over the Ardoise Hill. The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole and resolved to make an application to his Excellence, the Lieutenant-Governor that he would be pleased to prosecute them and that they should pay the cost of the prosecution and enter into a bond for £500 to insure completion of the job.

On Friday, 13 December 1805, an account for repairing of two Bridges on the road leading from Halifax to Windsor (by order of the Lieutenant Governor) by Lodowick Hunter and Nathaniel Smith was entered for £8 and was tabled. 

On Monday, 6 January, 1806 a report was read that a committee had inspected the road and requested a few corrections including raising the causeway near James Card’s farm but relieved them from the penalties of their contract.

On Monday, 5 December 1808 a petition by John and David Dill praying relief for an injury suffered by the new road over Ardoise Hill running through part of their land.

David Dill (Jr.) was seated as a member and remained a member until it was reported on Friday 8 February 1833 that he was reported to have left in August 1831 for Grenada and left there on the 22 October 1831 and has not since been heard from – and that administration has begun on his estate. It was resolved that the seat of David Dill be be declared vacant–.

In the subsequent election, his brother Joseph ran for his seat but when the election ended in a tie Lewis Morris Wilkins was declared the winner.

Poll Taxes

The Dills were taxed and we can learn a bit about them from those records. In the Poll Tax of 1791-1793, David appears as a farmer having more than 5 meat cattle and horses. And was taxed 5 shillings. John and Mungo are both laborers and are taxed 1 shilling each. In the Poll Tax for 1793, David is a farmer having 27 cows and oxen, 4 horses and 14 sheep. John is a farmer having 7 cows and one horse. Mungo is a farmer having 2 cows and 1 horse.

We see the same results in 1794 except Mungo is back to being a laborer and in 1795 Mungo is a farmer again and has 3 cows, 1 horse and 5 sheep.

Hants County conducted a census in 1817 that listed returns for John, David, Mungo and Alexander. If we assume that the deed partition on 10 July 1828 above was a confirmation of how the Georgefield estate was divided among the buyers then we have John in the northern most part, William in the middle and Alexander in the southern most part and perhaps that’s how it was for the 1817 census.


John is listed as having 2 men, 16 to 50, 3 boys, 1 woman, 2 girls and none are Irish. Whether this is John brother of David or John, son of David is resolved by the lack of a male over 50 and no Irish people.

One of the men is John, the other could be Joseph who is unmarried but we don’t know.

The woman must be Rachael Smith.

3 boys are William, Timothy Smith and perhaps John or Charles about whom we know nothing.

2 girls are Mary Ann and perhaps Elizabeth about whom we only know she died young in 1727.

None are Irish.


David has 1 man above 50, 1 man 16 to 50, 1 boy and 2 women.

This must be David Jr. since David Sr died in 1816. But William was given the middle portion of Georgefield and he doesn’t appear in the census. Cinq Maisons tells us that William had consumption and had to go to Bermuda so perhaps he was absent during the census. David Jr. was unmarried and probably living in his father’s house.

The one man above 50 we can’t identify.

1 man 16 to 50 would be David.

1 of the 2 women would be his mother, Jane and the other, perhaps one of his sisters, Patience. Mary or Elizabeth.

1 is Irish and that is likely to be the man over 50. Perhaps that man is David’s uncle John who doesn’t otherwise appear in the census.


Mungo Dill has 1 male above 50, 2 boys, 2 women and 1 girl. Two are Irish

He is obviously above 50 and Irish. Rachel Frizzel must be one of the women and Irish.

The other woman was probably 20 year old Nancy.

Catherine (age unknown but probably youngest) could be the girl.

Who are the two boys? Daniel was married before 1807 but does not appear elsewhere in the census. George has his own entry.


Alexander has 3 men above 50, 1 boy, 3 women and 1 is Irish.

Alexander is one of the men. He was not yet married so all of the others remain a mystery. They could include his sisters Elizabeth, Mary or Patience who are single. Sister Jane was married with 5 children by then.

Missing from the census are David’s brother John and his male children. In a Genforum post, James Clarkson Dill tells us that 2 of John’s sons went to Maryland to take up ship building, one of them being John whose children before 1816 were born in Nova Scotia and those after, in Maryland. Indeed, there are a James and John Dill living side by side in the 1820 census for Caroline County, Maryland. They do not appear in the 1810 census and in 1830, James has moved within the same county and John has remained where he was. We saw James Dill and John Dill Jr. sell property in 1811 and perhaps they were preparing to move to the States.


Wills and Probate

David, John and Mungo appear to have left no wills or probate records. There are dozens of microfilm rolls entitled “Loose Wills and Petitions” for Hants County and the records for the period around January, 1816, the time of David’s death have been examined but no records were found. Their wives also left no record. We do have records of David’s and Mungo’s descendants and they provide us with the best information about their family make-up. For each individual detailed below, existing probate records and wills will be presented..

Hants County Wills and Probate

William Hunter        251 A son of Lodowick David Hunter and Jane Sophia Gilmore.

Bond was signed by Lodowick Hunter and David Dill 29 August 1827. Estate was worth 107£ 4s 31/2p.

James Hunter            283A and 308A A son of David Hunter and Margaret Martin, married Hannah Kennedy.

Executors to be Lodowick Hunter, Daniel Was?, Weir?, Richard McHeffey and Hannah Hunter. In 308A the action for which I could not read there were signatures of Alexander Dill, J. DeWolfe, John Riley and others.

James Hunter            296A, 308A

Cannot read will. Inventory signed by John Zach, David Scott and James Robertson amounted to 167£ 7s 9p. Debts totaled 58£ 8s 7p.

David Dill                  315A A son of David Dill, the immigrant.

First there is an account of Joseph and John Dill (brothers although not so stated) which is not readable. Next is a partially readable account from the widow, Rebecca Dill describing David’s last journey and presumption of death at sea. See Rebecca Dill below,

Lodowick Hunter     387A A son of David Hunter and Margaret Martin, married Jane Sophia Gilmore.

Bequests were made to Alexander Dill, _______Sweet, James Kennedy, grandson Samuel Sweet and son George. Couldn’t read it all. It was signed 27 Jan. 1838. In 1902, Benjamin Scott wrote to the court that the original executors, John Jakes and David Scott were both dead and he was successor executor.

Comment: Son William (see above) married Mary Ann Kennedy, daughter Margaret married William Dill, father of Alexander, Rachel Jane married Benoni Sweet, father of Samuel Sweet.

Rebecca Dill              479A Widow of David Dill. Jr.

Very faded and hard to read. She had 7 parcels of land including a farm at Newport, Hard Plaister at Falmouth, land and buildings in Windsor, White Quarries, Prospect Quarries. While much of it is unreadable, the following is clear: Rebecca left her estate to be equally divided between her three sons and her daughter, Rebecca. The sons are named but only William is reasonably clear. The sons could well be James and David The inventory was signed by Benjamin DeWolfe and Edward McLetchy. She appointed the Reverand Joseph Murdock and Mr. William Metzler executors. Witnessed by Edward and Charlotte McLatchy and (unreadable).

Comment: Edward and Charlotte (Calkin) McLatchy as witnesses may be a clue to the identity of Rebecca. Edward, son of John McLatchy and Rebeckah Morrison was born in Windsor in 1804. He had an older sister named Rebeckah born 19 November 1787 and she could very well be the widow of David. Her will was probated on 5 January 1846 and Rebeckah McLatchy died on 28 December 1845. See John McLatchy below for further proof. Further, in the Vital Records from newspapers there is a Rebecca Dill, widow of David who died 28 December, 1845. See also the Dill Family Bible which proves all of the above.

James Dill                  Probate Docket 1323A

Susan, widow and Charles A. Dill states that James published a will.

Will: To dau Mary, one acre of Marsh in Kings meadow left by my grandmother. The rest of my estate to go to my wife, Susan. Dated 1 Aug. 1882.

Susan (DeWolfe) Dill                        Probate Docket 1499A. Widow of James.

Estate was valued at $2151.45. Left bequests to sons Robert, of Falmouth; James, George and Charles A. Dill and daughters Florence Dill and Mary Martin. The executor was William DeWolfe. Dated 15 Sept 1886.

Alexander Dill           Probate docket 1892A Son of Newton, son of Daniel

Alexander died intestate and a petition describing his lawful heirs was submitted by Rebecca Cochrane, wife of James Cochrane of St. Croix, master mariner; Elizabeth Sanford, wife of Edmond Sanford, farmer; John W. Dill, Windsor, farmer; and Jessie L. Murphy, wife of Oscar Murphy of Scotch Village. Heirs at law are the above plus Joseph Dill, David Dill and George William Dill of St. John, N.B. He left no widow or mother or father.

Charles Dill               Probate Docket 3204A

Charles William Dill of Windsor, sons Harry G. Dill, Charles C. Dill, William H. Dill and Gordon Dickie Dill. Wife is Mary Ida. Also son Leonard Maxner Dill, Frank Rogers Dill, Alfred Reid Dill, John Thomas Dill in accordance with the will of Leonard Maxner.

Daniel Frizzel.           Will Book Vol. 1, Page 88.

Registered 12 December, 1795.

Wife is Margaret and has sons John, Hugh and George and daus Ann Tullock, Mary McCormack, Eleanor Dill, Sarah Snide and Margaret. Also mention grandson Alexander McCra and Hugh’s dau Margaret. Will was written 12 December 1795.

Comment: The IGI shows a marriage of Margaret Crowe to Daniel Frizzel in November 1772, dau of James Crowe and Sarah. A Daniel McCra signed the marriage bond for John Dill and Sophia Barker (Beckwith?) on 16 February 1805.

John Smith                Will Book Vol 1, Page 127

Registered 18 Oct 1808

John had a wife Isabella, sons Francis, Joshua and William and daus Rebecca, Mary, Jane, Elizabeth, Isabella, Eals?, and unmarried daus Martha and Margery

Margaret Scott          Will Book Vol. 2, Page 6

Registered 17 March 1825

She left to Henriette Maira the mortgage income from the Georgefield property due from John, Alexander, William and Joseph Dill. Other bequests but none mention Dills.

Comment: Margaret Scott was the widow of Colonial Scott who acquired Cinq Maisons (Georgefield) and put the Dills on it. They arranged to purchase in in 1784 so the mortgage was being paid over a long period of time. The original mortgagees, David, John and Mungo have long since been dead.

John Walker             Will Book Vol. 2, Page 117

Registered 31 January 1832. John Walker of Falmouth.

John had a wife Frances, sons Patrick and Robert and daughter Jane Inglis, wife of Charles Inglis.

John McLatchy         Will Book Vol. 2, Page 120

Registered 13 March 1832, John McLatchy of Windsor, farmer.

To wife Rebecca, half of the house and garden where he now dwells. To son Thomas, the farm where he now lives. Also, Scott’s marsh. To son Edward , the Kilcup farm and the Campbell Marsh and also the land purchased fro William Christie and half of the plaister quarries in Windsor and Falmouth. To sons John and James, the farm where they reside in New Brunswick. To daughter Rebecca Dill, wife of David Dill, all of the land on the south side of the road leading from Windsor to Winckworth which he purchased from Jim Campbell, about 100 acres. Also one half of the quarries in Windsor and Falmouth. He also mentions daughters Jane Harris and Mary Harris. He appointed Rebecca Dill and his son-in-law David Dill to be executors.

James Smith              Will Book Vol. 2, Page 149

James Smith leaves his mother, brother Alexander and sins-in-law David Wiley and Samuel Palmer.

William Smith           Will Book Vol. 2, Page 255

Registered 5 September 1838. William Smith of Windsor.

Mentions children without naming them. Mentions brother Robert, wife Sarah and appoints Nathaniel Smith and John Dill as executors

Joseph Dill                 Will Book Vol. 2, Page 277

Registered June 1840. See the will of Ann Dill, Will Book Vol. 4, Page 266.

Mentions wife Ann and daughter Annabel (now under 21) and two sons, James and Alexander. The will was witnessed by William Metzler.

Florence Dill              Will Book Vol. 2, Page ?

Florence died intestate and unmarried. She left four surviving brothers; James, George, Robert and the petitioner, Charles A. Dill.

Rebecca Dill              Will Book Vol. 3, Page 43

Rebecca’s will is listed above (Probate Docket 479A) as taken from the probate papers. This will is much clearer and the only addition to the above is that she stipulates that the inheritance is effective when he reaches the full age of 21 without stating which, if any, of her children were not that old.

Alexander Dill           Will Book Vol. 3, Page 109 Son of David

Registered 25 May 1857

Calls wife Mary R. Dill. Gives estate to nephew David Scott. Mentions Wm Dill son of Wm., Mary Hunter, daughter of James and he makes David Scott, son of John Scott and Nathaniel Smith, execs. It was witnessed by William Fish, Joseph Coon and James Edwards.

William Dill               Will Book Vol. 3, Page 136 (Docket 555A)

Registered 8 December 1853. Made bequest to wife, Margaret. Mentions daughter Jane Scott and Alexander Dill. Also mentions sons Wm. and John. Makes a bequest to his niece, Margaret Smith. Witnessed by James Cochrane and William B. Dill

Joseph Dill                 Will Book Vol. 3, Page 225

Joseph is of Rawdon. He leaves a wife, Mary and children Joseph, Sarah Marie, Rachel, Francis, George, Susan. Mary A., John A., Nelson, Eunice and Betsey. He mentions his father, George.

John Dill                    Will Book Vol. 4, Page 60. Docket 775A John, son of David the immigrant married Rachel Smith.

Will proved 20 March 1862. He left all of his land to son William. He left 50£ to son Timothy Smith Dill and 25£ to daughter Mary Ann, wife of James Cochrane. He does not mention either John or Charles Dill so it is presumed that they died earlier.

Daniel Dill                 Will Book Vol. 4, Page 63. Wife is Ruth Davidson. Docket 777A

At courd on 29 April 1865.

Left dwelling house to wife Ruth. Divides estate into 5 equal parts for sons Newton and Nathaniel, daughters Elizabeth Martin and Rebecca Cochrane and one part to the children of his late son, Alexander.

Alexander Dill was a son of Daniel who departed this life leaving 5 children; Rebecca Dill, age 12; Laura, aged 9 (didn;t get the others). W. H. Blanchard is appointed guardian of minor children of Alexander Dill

Elizabeth Dill            Will Book Vol. 4, Page 173. Docket 860 Widow of Timothy Dill, son of John Dill.

Registered 10 May 1867. Leaves to sons Nathaniel and Joseph and daughter Margaret Jane who married Freman Harvie. Appointed David Scott executor. Will written 27 March 1867.

Comment: Margaret died 8 July 1870, before the 1871 census and left a husband, son Edward and daughter Zilphy. She is Patience Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Jane Dill and Nathaniel Smith.

William B. Dill          Will Book Vol. 4, Page 177 (index says 179). Docket 865A. Wife is Elizabeth (Fowler) Ross. Son of John, son of David.

Registered 27 August 1867. To wife Elizabeth he gave the farm and at her death it goes to 2 sons, David Hudson and Joseph Timothy. Two daughters to stay with wife until they marry. Son John Freeman to stay with wife until expiration of Martin Mehany lease and to give John the farm now leased to Martin Mehany. Mentions farm inherited by wife Elizabeth. To daughter Mary Ann, $150, to Jessie Elizabeth, Rachel Jane, Eliza Belle and Martha Ellen, $100. To Charles, $100 when 21. Sons David and Joseph to be apprenticed. Elizabeth to be executrix and Elias Dimock, executor. Signed 11 August 1867, witnessed by David Scott and Guy Hunter.

Ann Dill                     Will Book Vol. 4, Page 261. Ann Christie, Widow of Joseph, son of David

Registered 30 June 1871. Bequeathed to Ann Maria and Kate Ida Caldwell, daughters of my daughter Ann Belle Caldwell, the place where I now live. To Joseph Dill and Frederick, sons of my daughter Ann Belle Caldwell, 2 acres of land. Also to Charles, son of my son James. To son James she gives money to erect a tombstone for her late husband, Joseph Dill and the children now buried along side him.

William Edward Dill            Will Book Vol. 4, Page 484. Wife is Rebecca Meek. William is the son of George, son of Mungo.

Registered 25 April 1879. Wife Rebecca Dill to be supported by 6 youngest children, namely: Robie Everett, Willard Nelson, George Bertram, Leora Selena, Margaret Leila Blanche and Willemine Rebeca.

James Dill                  Will Book Vol. 4, Page 576. Wife was Susan DeWolfe. Probate 1323A. Father was Joseph, son of David.

Registered 30 August 1882. To daughter Mary Ann, 1 acre of land given me by my grandmother. All the rest to wife Susan. Wife and son Charles A. Dill to be executrix/executor. Signed 1 August 1882.

William Dill               Will Book Vol. 4, Page 614.

Registered 8 January 1884, written 14 September, 1883. Everything to son Watson and he to pay Sarah M. Dill $500 and each unnamed daughter, $50. His wife was Catherine. Watson Dill and Robert Sutherland to be executors.

Anna Smith               Will Book Vol. 4, Page 629

Registered 3 November 1884.

To grandau Emeline Brightman. All cash to so Elisha Smith. Bequests also to daus Rebecca Nelson wife of Scott Nelson and Lucy Fish wife of George Fish, Emeline Dill widow of Daniel Dill and Sharah Brightman widow of Isaih Brightman.


Gateway to the Valley , Windor, Nova Scotia published by the Centennial Committee, December, 1977.

The Story of Cinq Maisons, no publication information, Pearl Cochrarn Brown, apparently published in 1975.


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