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Will of Abraham Akerman
In the name of God Amen, I Abraham Akerman of Newfoundland
Fisherman do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and
form following that is to say that I recommend my soul into the hands of the
Almighty God who gave it me first I give and bequit to John son of Joseph and Elizabeth Akerman my
bed and bedding and gun I likewise give to John Squire my
nephew five pounds I likewise give to Abraham son of John and Hannah Squire a
piece of ground situated before John Edmond's house I give
and bequeath to Joseph Akerman my son all the remainder of
my ground with houses and cattle with all my wearing apparrell I
like wise give to Thomas Randell Mifflen the sum of six pounds
to see me buried in a plain and decent manner I likewise
give to John son of John and Jane Laurence the
sum of four pounds and the remainder of my money I give
to my son Joseph Watterman Akerman I desire
likewise Thomas Randell Mifflen of Bonavista to and for a
grave stone for me my wife and son I do make and appoint Thomas Randell Mifflen of
Bonavista my sole executor. I desire Joseph Watterman Akerman if there is two cows living at my death to give John Squire a heifer calf. Witness, Richard
his x mark Tilley George his x mark Reder, December 11th 1841.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation and also no paragraphs. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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