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Will of John Bishop
The last will and testament of John Bishop South side Port de Grave Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachel all my money houses land cattle furniture and every other description of property whatsoever for and during the term of her natural life at her decease I desire that my property and money then left be appropriated in the following manner that is to say, I give to my daughter Joanna Fifteen yards of the west part of my fishing room to go back as far as the boundary of said room commencing on the waterside also the new part of the east end of my dwelling house the remaining portion of my fishing room and land to be equally divided between my sons John and George my dwelling house & furniture I give to my son George save and except that part of the house I have before given in this my will to my daughter Joanna To my sons John and George I give the sum of seventy pounds each To my daughters Mary, Elizabeth and Julia fifteen pounds each to my daughter Joanna thirty pounds to my grandson George Martin ten pounds my watch I give to my grandson John Bishop, I give one feather bed to my daughter Elizabeth, whatever money may be left after the decease of my wife Rachel and also other property not mentioned in this my will I desire should be equally divided between my surviving children or their heirs. And I hereby nominate and appoint my two sons John & George to be executors of this my last will and testament, John his X mark Bishop. (LS) Signed sealed published declared as & for the last will & testament of the said John Bishop in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our hands as witnesses thereto the said will being first read over to said testator before he signed it and appeared to be fully understood by him on this fifth day of April A.D. 1861, William Smith Mills, William Smith.
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 Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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