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Will of Richard Baggs Senior
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Baggs of Bay Roberts Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, Joiner, being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but considering the uncertainty of life do this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five make this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say To my sons Joseph and William Baggs I give and bequeath that plot of garden ground now in my possession on the north side of the road leading through Bay Roberts situate and being opposite my dwelling house to be equally divided between them share and share alike- To my sons Richard Henry and James Baggs I give and bequeath all that parcel of land being and situate on the south side of the road leading through Bay Roberts on which my dwelling house stands and which surrounds the said dwelling house to be equally divided between them share and share alike: the dwelling house I give and bequeath to my son Richard Baggs on condition that his mother my wife Julia Baggs so long as she remains unmarried and his brothers and sisters so long as they remain unmarried be allowed to live quietly and peaceably therein all the furniture now in the said dwelling house to remain for the use and benefit of the family dwelling therein save and except the eight day clock which I give and bequeath to my son Richard Baggs to be his and his heirs for ever. My chest of tools I wish to be valued and disposed of the proceeds to be given to my wife for the support of the family after my decease- my sons to have the preference in the purchasing of the said chest of tools- my pew in St. Matthews Church Bay Roberts I will to remain in the name of my wife Julia Baggs for the use of the family until they shall agree to the further disposal of it
I further will and bequeath to my sons Joseph William Richard Henry and James Baggs all that piece of garden ground being and situate at Otterbury in Bay Roberts to be equally divided between them share and share alike Lastly I give and bequeath to my wife Julia Baggs and to my four eldest sons to be divided equally between them share and share alike after all my just debts and funeral expenses are paid all that sum of money now lying at interest in the Union Bank in St. John’s in my name and for which I hold the receipt of the said bank- The receipts of the executor to this my will to be sufficient authority to the Manager of the said Union Bank for the payment of the same- And I nominate and appoint Mr. Richard H. Taylor of Bay Roberts my executor to this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke all former and other wills by me made and do declare this to be my last will and testament- In witness whereof I the said Richard Baggs have hereunto set my hand and seal at Bay Roberts aforesaid the day and year first above written. Richard his X mark Baggs (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator Richard Baggs as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our names as witnesses- Martin Blackmore, Henry Beasant.
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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