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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Ann Bishop
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 278-279 probate
Ann Bishop deceased.
In the name of God Amen. This last will and testament of me Ann Bishop, relict
of the late Henry Bishop, of Burnt Head Conception Bay, Newfoundland was made
this eleventh day April 1867-
I appoint my stepson John and my own son Edward as
executors to see that the articles of this my last will and testament be carried
out. The money which I have in the Commercial Bank Saint John's Newfoundland
now at this date April 11th 1867 amounting to S180 cy whatever it may amount
to at the time of my decease I desire to be divided equally between my own
children & my stepchildren-
the children of my deceased husband being by his wife Sarah-viz between John
(Sarah's) Edward (Ann's) George (Sarah's) Henry (Sarah's) Joseph (Ann's) Reuben
(Ann's) Noah (Ann's) Sarah wife of John Morgan of Port de Grave (Ann's)
Maria Newell (Ann's) Mary Scott wife of William Scott of South Shore (Ann's). I further
devise that the Arm chair be given to John Bishop son of Henry & Sarah;
one of the looking glasses downstairs to George (Sarah's); to Henry the son
of Sarah the Bosom Buckle which belonged to his father. To Noah I devise the
house in which I live on condition that he provide for my necessities if I
should stand in need of assistance. (Signed) Ann X (her mark) Bishop. The above
mark was made in the presence of us witnesses the will having been duly read
over, Robert Holland Taylor, Incumbent of St. George's Church, Brigus, Thomas
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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