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Will of John Bond
I John Bond of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. I will give and bequeath unto my executrix and executor hereafter named all the real and personal property whatsoever and wheresoever of which I shall die possessed or entitled upon trust for the purposes hereafter mentioned and declared that is to say, upon trust for my executrix and executor as soon as convenient after my decease to realize all my real and personal property in Newfoundland and convert the same into money and after so doing to invest such money at interest on good security and to receive the interest thereof and the rents issues and profits of the house and land held by my sister Mary Sarnbell as tenant thereof situate at Plymouth in the Country of Devon, England and also the rents interest issues and profits of any other property or money of which I shall die possessed or entitled and to pay the whole of such rents interest issues and profits to my dear wife Elizabeth for the maintenance of herself and the maintenance of and education of my children by my said wife until my said children shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years and as each of them shall attain such age to pay to each one part of two thirds of the whole of such rents interest issues and profits such two thirds being divided equally according to the number of my said children and upon each of my said children respectively attained the age of twenty three to pay to each one part of two thirds of my whole estate such two thirds being equally divided according to the number of my said children and after all my said children shall have attained the age of twenty one years to pay the remaining one third of such rents interest issues and profits to my said wife for and during the term of her natural life or in case of her marrying again until she shall so marry and after her death or marriage whichever shall first happen to pay and divide the remaining one third and residue of my whole estate share and share alike among my said children and it is my will that if any of my said children shall marry and die leaving a child or children such child or children shall represent his her or their deceased parent’s share in my estate and the rents, interest, issues and profits thereof. I nominate my said wife Elizabeth and William H. Mare of St. John’s aforesaid Merchant to be the executrix and executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at St. John’s aforesaid this twenty second day of January Anno Domini eighteen hundred and sixty six.
Jno. Bond (LS) Signed sealed and declared by the said John Bond as and for his last will and testament in our presence and by each of us signed in his presence and in the presence of each other as witnesses to the one execution hereof.
W. F. Whiteway, W. M. Bearns.
This is a codicil to my last will and testament (which is deposited in a box at the Union Bank) I hereby leave to my widowed sister Mary Sambell now residing at Plymouth England the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds sterling and I hereby charge my executors named in my said will to pay the said sum to her within six months after my decease. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of March A.D. eighteen hundred and seventy two at Saint John’s Newfld.
Jno. Bond (LS) Signed sealed and delivered & declared to be a codicil to the will of John Bond in his presence and in the presence of each other, W. H. Mare, Bickford West.
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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