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Will of John Bishop Senior
In the name of God Amen. I John Bishop Senr of Hibbs Hole in Conception Bay, Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being of sound disposing mind and memory, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament: that is to say I order that all my just debts funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will be in the first place fully paid and satisfied: and after payment thereof and every part thereof I give and bequeath to my son Elijah Bishop one hundred and five pounds sterling, to my son Christopher Bishop twenty five pounds sterling, to my son Jacob Bishop one hundred pounds sterling to be paid him on his attaining the age of twenty one years, to my son George bishop one hundred pounds sterling to be paid him on his attaining the age of twenty one years, to my daughter Jane Bishop the sum of Thirty pounds sterling to be paid her on her attaining the age of twenty one years, to my daughter Mary Bishop the sum of thirty pounds sterling to be paid her on her attaining the age of twenty one years, to my three sons Henry, John and Joseph Bishop the sum of five pounds sterling each. And all the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattels debts ready money effects and other my estate whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal I give and bequeath the same, and every part and parcel thereof unto my wife Rachel Bishop during her life or as long as she remains a widow. But in the event of her death or of her marrying again, I will that the same be equally divided amongst my lawful sons and daughters by her the said Rachel Bishop share and share alike: With the exception of the large chest and Mourning Ring which I give to my son Elijah; except also the Liquor case which I give to my son Jacob and my Watch which I give to my son George. Should either of my children aforesaid, that is to say, Jacob, George, Jane or Mary, die before they attain the age of twenty one years and having no issue, then his or her proportion aforesaid shall be equally divided among the aforesaid children by Rachel my wife that shall attain the age of twenty one years.
And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the Revd Charles Blackman of Port de Grave and John Jacob of Port de Grave Merchant, executors of this my will revoking and making void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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. |
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