Wills was Notification of Families of British War Casualties
- Lorina wrote:
". . . An estate would not be willed to a woman because according to
British law (and much of European) a woman could not hold title.
Thank you Lady Lorina
Levels of literacy and law aside, it was expensive to write a will
and most soldiers did not have the money or the intention of creating
Officers may create a will but the common soldier rare
It is hard to set our mind set to 1812-1815 but it was a
different time. Read legal documents from the time.
Wives in 1812 were considered chattel and men usually inherited
all (not politically correct but historically correct)
chat·tel n. (chât'l)
1. Law: An article of movable personal property.
2. A slave.