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Will of William Parsons Churchwill
Last will and Testament of
I William Parsons Churchwill of Great Burin Newfoundland being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore at any time by me made. I hereby appoint Edward Hollett Senr and Thomas Hollett Senr to be the executors of my will. I hereby bequeath to my wife Mary Churchwill all that parcel of land known as the Upper meadow situate on the hillside at the back of my house. Also one cow and three sheep with half the dwelling house, half the store and stable during the term of her natural life, and after her decease to my nephew John Dancy absolutely and to his heirs and assigns for ever. I hereby devise and bequeath to my nephew John Dancy all that parcel of land commonly called the lower meadow with the barn erected thereon also two cows and five sheep and half my dwelling house store and stable, and all my tools, and to his heirs and assigns for ever: with the proviso that he the said John dancy shall maintain my mother Charlotte Churchwill and my invalid sister Ann Churchwill during the term of their natural lives. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand this tenth day of February 1898. (Sgd) William Parsons his X mark Churchwill (LS) Signed Sealed etc. etc. witness (sgd) Edward Hollett Sen (sgd) Benjamin J. Hollett
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament of William Parsons Churchwill deceased
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Note: At first we thought that the name should have been Churchill, but it has been confirmed by Karen Darby who is the great granddaughter of the John Dancey named in the will that the correct spelling of the name is CHURCHWILL. The spelling of Churchwill and Dancey are both noted in the family bible. John Dancey was Karen's grandmother's father. (Karen has info on the Churchwill family back to the mid 1700's)
Will contributed by Colleen Haynes
Margin comments contributed by Sheila Tiberio, Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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