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Will of Joseph Benson Senior
In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Benson of Grates Cove being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do hereby make this my last will and testament
First I give to my wife Sarah Benson my dwelling house and all my land property to be under her control as long as she remains a widow and likewise the stage and flake property and after her decease the stage and flake property is to be equally divided between my two sons Esau Benson and Benjamin Benson. Likewise after my wife’s decease my dwelling house and my outhouse and cabage garden before the dwelling house door is to be my sons Esau Benson Likewise the cabage garden and potato garden that lay on the west side of the road leading from the water side to the Main road and likewise the garden that lay to the eastward of Eli King’s goes by the name of Neds garden is to be my son Esau Bensons. Likewise I give to my son Benjamin Benson the potato garden that lay to the eastward of the road leading from the waterside and also a garden that go by the name of Tommys garden that lay to the eastward of the branch road leading towards Baydeverds. If my son Esau Benson should die leaving no son his part of the property is to be Joshua Bensons and likewise the said property is never to be sold or mortgage nor never to go out of the name Bensons. Likewise I appoint Elijah Benson and William Thomas Avery to be executors to this 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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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