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Will of Henry Bishop
The last will and testament of Henry Bishop of Cupids Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter, I give to my sons George and Edward the stage and flakes they now occupy the other stage and flakes I give to my son Noah, Reuben and Joseph. To my son John I give the strip of ground below my fishing room this piece of ground has already been pointed out to him. My caplin seine I give for the joint use of all my sons. My fishing boat I give to my son Noah unless my son Edward chooses to go in her with Noah in that case Edward is to have half of the boat. My dwelling house I give to my wife together with all the furniture my cattle and horse I likewise give to my wife and also whatever money I may die possessed of either in my house or balance due to me on my merchants books My watch I give to my son Noah I also give to my son Henry the sum of ten pounds currency to be paid to him out of the money I left my wife this sum I desire my executrix to pay him within two months after my decease. All other things not mentioned in this my will I give to my wife. And I hereby nominate and appoint my wife to be executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of July A.D. 1858. Henry his X mark Bishop (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator on the day of the date hereof in our presence who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names attesting the due execution thereof The said will being read over to testator in our presence before he signed and appeared to be fully understood by him, William Smith Mills, William Shannon.
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)
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