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Will of John Batcock Junior
I John Batcock Junior of Brigus (South) being at present in the possession of sound judgement and perfect memory do make my last will and testament- It is my wish that my mortal remains be deposited in the burial ground of Brigus near to my deceased relatives and friends- With regard to my property I bequeath fifteen pounds in order to assist in the erection of a Roman Catholic Chapel in Brigus and eight pounds for the poor or to be applied in such a manner as the Revd Timothy Browne may direct- I bequeath to the Revd Mr. Browne whatever sum he may think proper to demand as a remuneration for his trouble less of time and inconvenience which he has been to on my account and when all lawful debts on me are paid according to the express order of the Revd Mr. Browne but not otherwise I bequeath the money remaining on Newman & Co- hands and also on McBride and Kerr's hands to my father and mother their heirs executors administrators and assigns to be paid to them yearly and every year in the rates of proportion of twenty five pounds a year or whatever sum the Revd. Mr. Browne may think proper for them to receive
It is my will that a Boat the largest I am in possession of be given to my brother Michael Batcock by way of hire for which he is to pay Michael Batcock the son of William Batcock the sum of thirty shillings yearly if the Revd. Mr. Browne may decide it proper but not otherwise that the above sum should be paid, I bequeath to John Batcock and Thomas Batcock sons of William Batcock six boats their father is to act as their guardian and improve or dispose of the above named property in such a way as he may deem most judicious for the benefit of his children during their minority and when they arive at the age of twenty one years a distribution is to be made between them to the best of his judgment- This is my last will and testament and I hereby revoke all other wills.
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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