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Will of Rev. Martin Blackmore
In the name of God Amen. I Martin Blackmore of Bay Roberts Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, Clergyman, being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but not knowing how soon it may please my Heavenly Master to call me hence do this twentieth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six make this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say after all my just debts and funeral expenses are paid I give and bequeath to my son Martin Mason the sum of fifty pounds and to my daughter Julia Ellen the sum of fifty pounds to be paid them on their coming of age- The remainder of my personal property, including the amount of my Life Insurance (300£) and whatever sums may at the time of my decease be invested in the names of my other children in the Savings Bank in St. John’s I will to be invested in good securities and the interest arising therefrom to be paid as it becomes due to my wife Miriam toward the support, maintenance and education of all my children by my present wife Miriam, the said maintenance and education to be in such way and manner as she and the executors to this my will shall think fit and most likely to promote their interests and well being in life- and this to continue until they severally arrive at the age of twenty-one years when each child as it arrives at that age shall receive its fair and equal share of the original sum invested- should all these children die before arriving at the abovementioned age, and their mother be still living I will that the whole amount invested as aforesaid be hers for her sole use and benefit- should she be removed by death, and the above mentioned contingency have happened then the abovementioned sum, that is, the amount originally invested, to be paid to my other children Martin Mason and Julia Ellen Blackmore, share and share alike, or to their heirs and assigns- My wife Miriam is to receive and to have the sole use and benefit of the pension which will become due on my decease from the Clergy Widows and Orphan’s fund of this Diocese, subject to the Rules under which the said Pension is paid- And I nominate and appoint Frederick B.T. Carter Esqr and Augustus O. Hayward Esqr both of St. John’s Executors to this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke all former and other wills by me made, and do declare this to be my last will and testament- In witness whereof I the said Martin Blackmore have hereunto set my hand and seal at Bay Roberts Newfoundland the day and year first above written- Martin Blackmore (LS) Signed sealed, published and declared by the said testator, Martin Blackmore, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our names as witnesses- Richd H. Taylor, W.C. Earle.
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.
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