"In the name of God, Amen. I, Jacob Powley senior, of the Township of Kingston, County of Frontenac, in the Midland district and province of Upper Canada, yeoman, being weak and poorly in body, but of sound mind and memory, for which I thank God. Revoking all other, heretofore mad, do by these presents make ordain and establish this my Last Will and Testament which is as follows (that is to say) and first of all I resign my body to the dust from whence it came, to be interred with a decent Christian burial, and my soul into the hands of God, who gave it. And as it respects my worldly property I dispose of it thus...
I give and devise to my eldest son, Francis Powley, that certain piece or parcel of land known by Lot No. ten in the seventh Concession in the Township of Kingston aforesaid containing two hundred acres of land the the same more or less.
I give and devise to William Powley, my second son, a deed from Lot No. nine sixth Concession of the aforesaid Township of Kingston.
I give and devise to my daughter, Mary, wife of Ira Darling rear half of Lot No. twelve, first Concession of the Township of Loughborough.
I have an order for one hundred acres of land in theTownship of Cramme, District of New Castle and Province aforesaid which I devise to my daughter, Hannah, wife of John Dingman.
I devise to my two daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Humphra Smith, and my daughter, Rebecca, wife of Zacharias David, Lot No. on, fourth Concession of the Kingston [Township] to be divided equally between them as they shall agree, provided nevertheless that if my daughter Hannah fails in obtaining a grant for the lot given her in Cramme, she must have an equal share of said Lot No. four last mentioned.
I give and devise to my son, James Powley, the rear half of Lots No. one and No. two, third Concession in the Township of Kingston aforesaid, with the appurtenances to have and to hold the same with their heirs and assigns forever.
I give and bequeath to my daughter, Rebecca, one cow and three sheep.
I give and bequeath to my son, Francis, one cow.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Nancy Powley, one cow, one bed and sufficient bedding to be hers and her heirs forever together with one ton of hay yearly while she remains my widow. I also bequeath to her a weaver's loom and the articles thereto belonging.
I also bequeath to her a comfortable dwelling room with needful furniture unless she chooses to live with my son, James, and have an apartment in the house with him with a competency of provisions and clothing which is to be provided out of the property I leave with James to whom I bequeath all my clothing and remainder of my worldly goods to his and is heirs and assigns forever. NB. The abovementioned provisions bequeathed to my wife is considered to be given in lieu of her Dower.
I appoint and ordain my son, James Powley, and Barnabas Wartman of the Township of Kingston aforesaid to be my true and lawful executors to this my Last Will and Testament, thereby ratifying and confirming whatsoever they shall justly do by virtue hereof. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Kingston the eighth day of June in theyear of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen.
[signed] Jacob Pauli
signed, sealed, acknowledged
and delivered in presence of
Be it remembered that previous to the execution of the above mentioned Will and Testament, after my funeral charges and just and lawful debts are discharge, I give and bequeath to my four sons abovementioned an equal share of the monies in my possession together with that which may be collected as my just dues.
[signed] Jacob Pauli
signed, sealed, acknowledged
and delivered in presence of
Cataraqui United Church Cemetery, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada 
While a resident of Schenectady NY, he enlisted 8 Dec 1781 in the King's Royal Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He was 5'-5" tall. He fled to the Kingston area and lived with the Indians until the end of the war. However, in 1784 he returned to the states for his family.
During 1785 he returned to Upper Canada. On 2 Sep 1785 he received a grant of 200 ac, L2, C3, in Twp No. 1 [Cataraqui, now Kingston Twp). Sometime later he exchanged this lot with Terrence Dunn and David Purdy, who were the listed owners in 1789/90. Then, on 26 Nov 1800, a Fiat was issued in his name for this same property, and it was registered to him on 4th Aug 1802.
Also, during 1785, he was granted L10, C4, Twp. No. 3, [Fredricksburgh], Midland Dist, UC. However, he apparently did not live there for very long, if at all, although he retained title. [See petition of Thomas Wager, Ontario Archives RG1 - A II - 5, Heir & Devisee Records, which is also transcribed here. Thomas Wager's daughter Elizabeth married Francis Powley, Jacob's son.] "2 May 1803, -- No. 4 -- Thomas Wager of the Township of Fredricksburgh in Midland District, yeoman, claims the E˝ L10, C4, of Fredricksburgh, originally drawn by himself, a soldier in the late Royal Yorkers. -- [Petition allowed] -- Claimant was placed on the lot by McKay, the principal officer of the settlement, upon the relinquishment of Jacob Powley, who first drew it and is on the map. And Wager has lived on the lot 18 years [since 1785] to the knowledge of the members of the board. -- [Petition allowed]." The lot was registered to Thomas Wager in 1803.
Jacob Powley's name appears on the 1786 Provision List: boys over 10-1, boys under 10-2, girls over 10-1, girls under 10-1. This indicates that the family was not yet self-sufficient, a hardship suffered by many other early inhabitants.
On the 22nd Oct 1787 he received a grant of 200 ac, L9, C6, Twp. No. 1 [Cataraqui], a property which he held until a Fiat was issued on 26 Nov 1800, and was registered in his name 4 Aug 1802. On the same day, his father Francis drew L10, C7, Twp. No. 1. It is assumed that father and son lived on these adjacent lots.
Also on the 22 Oct 1787 he received a grant of 200 ac, L13, C6, Twp. No 1 [Cataraqui]. He held this property until it was registered in his name on 10 Mar 1806. Later the same year, 13th October 1806 he sold it to Samuel Purdy. On the deed of bargain and sale he signed his name "Johann Jacob Pauli".
On 10 Aug 1801 he obtained a patent, (registered 5 Nov 1801) to 200 ac, L22, C4, Kingston Twp. This property was owned in 1789/90, by Capt. Grass and Lt. Ellerbeck. In 1996 this property was owned by the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Authority.
On the 16 Sep 1802, Jacob came into possession of 200 ac, L10, C7, a property previously owned by his father Francis Powley Sr. who had received it as a grant on 22 Oct 1787. [See petition of Jacob Powley, Ontario Archives RG1 - A II - 5, Heir & Devisee Records, transcribed here.] "16 Sep 1802 -- No. 1 -- Jacob Powley of the Township of Kingston, yeoman, claims L10 in the 7th Concession of the Township of Kingston in the Midland District, originally drawn by Francis Powley, a UE. -- [Petition allowed.]"
On 23 Nov 1803, land petitions by his children Francis, William, Jacob, and Hannah were received by the Land Board, and were read 28 Nov 1803. It was then that Jacob learned that his name had been struck off the UE List, (John Collins had indicated he was a member of the German troops, not the British Troops). A subsequent petition to have his name reinserted on the list, was approved 28 Feb 1805. His family re-petitioned, and received their lands in 1807, and afterward.
His gravestone reads: "Here Lays The Body Of/Jacob Powley/Who Gave Much/Satisfaction Until/The Last Period When He/Sat In His Chair Facing The/Door On The 21st Day of June/2 o'clock Afternoon Year 1814/He Lay Down His Head With/Out A Struggle Or a Groan/To Sleep In Silence Being/Aged 69Yrs 8M 7Dys." The grave is located only a few feet south of the southwest corner of the Methodist Church at Cataraqui, Frontenac Co, ON, CAN.
Census records show the family origin as "German".