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(Will of John Carter from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 45 probate year 1851)
In the name of God Amen. I John Carter of Greenspond in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being of sound and disposing mind and memory do hereby revoke all wills and testamentary dispositions made by me at any time or times heretofore and declare this to be my last will and testament, that is to say, I hereby give devise and bequeath unto my two sons James and William all my plantation land stores stages and flakes and all premises thereto belonging situate at Greenspond aforesaid from and immediately after my decease to take in equal proportions as tenants in common and their heirs and assigns; and in case either of my said children shall die without leaving a wife or any issue living at his death then the share hereinbefore devised to each child so dying shall go remain and be to the other of my said children and his heirs and assigns. I also give and bequeath unto my said sons James and William and their and each of their executors administrators and assigns as tenants in common my two vessels Britannia and Melona, also all my boats, skiffs, nets and craft and all my linen, beds, bedding and other articles of furniture which shall be in and about my dwelling house or any part of my premises hereinbefore devised and bequeathed, and all the residue of my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever upon the like condition as my said plantation and premises in the event of the death of either of my said children without wife or issue him surviving as aforesaid. I appoint my respected friends Lorenzo Moore and John Dyer, Esquires, executors of this my will and that it shall be lawful for my said executors to pay from my said estate all just debts that may be owing by me at the time of my decease and to adjust settle and arrange all accounts transactions and matters depending at the time of my decease between me and any other person and persons whomsoever. John his X mark Carter (LS) Signed and sealed by the said testator in presence of us present at the same time who have signed our names as witnesses thereto in his presence and in the presence of each other, the said John Carter having affixed his mark in our presence this 25th day of September A. D. 1848. Philip John Levesconte. Fredk B.T. Carter.
|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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