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Will of John Andrews
In the name of God Amen. I John Andrews of Cape Island (Cape Freels) Newfoundland, Retired Planter being in perfect health of body and of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God; calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in his life I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form First of all I give and bequeath to Sarah my dearly beloved wife the sum of forty pounds sterling money of Great Britain I give and bequeath to Emma my beloved granddaughter the sum of fifty pounds sterling. To George Andrews my my eldest son I give forty pounds sterling, To Thomas Andrews my second son I give forty pounds sterling to John Andrews my third son I give forty pounds sterling and to Peter Andrews my fourth son I give forty pounds sterling and to my eldest daughter Mary Vincent I give forty pounds sterling and also unto Anne Gill my youngest daughter I give forty pounds sterling all of whom living at and in the neighbourhood of Cape Freels Newfoundland. I also give and bequeath to my beloved sister Anne Dowland and her daughter of Bere Regis in the County of Dorsetshire England the sum of fifty pounds sterling I do also desire in the name of God that my eldest son George Andrews and Peter Andrews my youngest son be joint executors of this my last will and testament I do also desire that the said executors do put or cause to be put the aforesaid Emma Andrews my beloved granddaughter to school for at least three full years to be paid from the money in my bankers hands as well as all other the sums aforesaid to be raised from the money in the hands of my banker or bankers or from whom any money is due to me and after paying the above sums of money according to the true meaning of this my last will and testament and also satisfying those who have taken any trouble in doing me any service towards drawing this will and testament the remainder shall be equally divided between my four sons and two daughters and I do acknowledge this to be my last will and testament
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. 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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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