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Will of Nathan Clarke
The last will and testament of Nathan Clarke of Brigus, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, first I give and bequeath my dwelling house to my youngest son Samuel when he comes of age but my wife Jane is to live in it as long as she lives provided nevertheless that she does not marry again, also my watch I give to my son Samuel, my clock I give to my son George, my gun and all my wearing apparel I give to my son John. Secondly, All my share of ground roundabout my house also my share of waterside property I give and bequeath to my sons John and George to be equally divided between them. Thirdly, all my share of the garden in the woods and likewise all my share of the ground adjoining Thomas Gushues I give and bequeath to my son Samuel. Fourthly, I give to my wife Jane sixty pounds currency yearly and every year until my son Samuel attains the age of twenty one years after that period arrives my wife Jane is then to have only thirty pounds yearly as long as she lives and continues unmarried. Fifthly, At the death of my wife Jane or in case that she marries again I desire that my money be divided between my children in the following manner that is to say my daughters are only to have half as much as my sons. And I hereby nominate and appoint Robert Job Esqr of Saint John's and my brother Moses to be executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.
Nathan his X mark Clarke (LS)
|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. |
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.
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