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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Elijah Bishop


Will of Elijah Bishop
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 403-404 probate year 1885

In re
      Elijah Bishop deceased.

       In the name of God Amen.     This last will and testament of me Elijah Bishop of south Side, Cupids near Brigus was made this twenty-seventh day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five I appoint Thomas Hussey and John Bishop (son of John) both of south side as executors of this my last will and testament.    I give and bequeath all my land at South Side aforesaid to my two sons James & Elijah Bishop to be divided equally between them by a line running from the waterside to the public road leading from Cupids to Burnt Head, James to have the western piece, Elijah to have the eastern piece. I give and bequeath to my son Elijah the new dwelling house together with all the furniture contained in it.    I give and bequeath to my son Elijah the new dwelling house together with all the furniture contained in it.    I give and bequeath to my son James two shares of the stock of the Commercial Bank.    I give and bequeath to my son Elijah two shares of the stock of the Commercial Bank.    The sum of £120 I give & bequeath to be divided equally among my three daughters viz Ann Maria wife of Nathan Batten of South side Jane wife of Henry Bishop of South Side and Mary wife of Robert Bennett of Cupids so that each will receive a sum of £40.
I give & bequeath to the Minister & Church Wardens of St. Augustine Church Burnt Head the sum of Five pounds to be devoted towards the purchase of a Bell for the Church.     The balance of any moneys in the Commercial Bank after the aforesaid legacies have been paid I give & bequeath to my son James to whom also I bequeath my old dwelling house as a set off Elijah's having the new house. The fishing stage I leave for the joint use of my two sons James and Elijah and the cellar in the same way is for the joint use of my two sons aforesaid The residue of my estate, I bequeath to my son Elijah on condition that he provides for his mother, my wife Fanny as long as she lives & gives her Christian burial    Elijah his X mark Bishop.    The above will having been read over in the hearing of the testator & the two attesting witnesses was then signed in the presence of the two attesting witnesses at South side near Brigus this twenty seventh day of February A.D. 1885.    Robert Holland Taylor, Thomas Roberts, witnesses.

Certified Correct,
D.M. Browning



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.

Page Contributed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk & Judy Benson

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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