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Will of Joseph Bishop
The last will and testament of Joseph Bishop of South side of Cupids Port de Grave Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter, I give and bequeath to my daughters Rachel and Elizabeth the sum of one hundred pounds each to be paid to them within the term of three calendar months after the decease of my wife Mary in case I should survive my wife Mary the said sum of one hundred pounds each are to be paid to my said daughters Rachel and Elizabeth within three calendar months after my decease Also my two daughters above mentioned are to live in my house and be found with a sufficient quantity of fit and proper food clothing and lodging by my wife Mary or by my son John as long as they that is my two daughters remain unmarried.
I give and bequeath to my son George and to my daughter Margrett the sum of ten pounds each to be paid to them in the same time and in the same manner and form as mentioned in my first bequest Also my son George is to have his Bait free from my seine as long as the Seine lasts but my son George is to have no claim whatever upon my fishing stage flakes or room because he has his own Room to occupy
I give to my daughter Rachel one feather bed to be delivered to her when my wife Mary thinks thinks fit and proper so to do. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth one feather bed upon the same conditions. I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Eliza one feather bed upon the above written conditions. I give and bequeath to my wife Mary the watch she bought herself. I give and bequeath to my grandson James John one gun and also the sum of five pounds to be paid to him in the same time manner and form as mentioned above in my first bequest. I give and bequeath to my grandson William Henry Mannard the sum of five pounds upon the same conditions as before mentioned.
I give and bequeath to my wife Mary the remaining portion of my money houses land cattle and all and every other description of property whatsoever for her use and behoof as long as she lives at her decease it is to become the property of my son John his heirs executors administrators or assigns. If it should happen that my daughter Elizabeth dies before the time arrives for her to receive her one hundred pounds and feather bed then in that case the money and bed is to be for my daughter Rachael and also if my daughter Rachael should die before she receives what I have by this my will bequeathed to her then in that case the money and bed is to be for Elizabeth my daughter or again if they both should die before the time arrives for their receiving what I have in this my will bequeathed to them then in that case it is to be fore the use and behoof of my wife Mary as long as she lives after her death to become the property of my son John his heirs executors administrators or assigns. And I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Mary to be executrix and my son to be executor of this my last will and testament.
Joseph his X mark Bishop (LS) Signed sealed published declared as and for the last will and testament of the said Joseph 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 the said testator in our presence before he signed it and appeared to be fully understood by him on this fourth day of April A.D. 1861
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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