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Will of John Coaker
In the name of God Amen, I John Coaker of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer being weak and infirm in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament as follows, First it is my will and desire that my wife Anne Coaker shall rule my house after my decease and be supported out of the property and effects of my estate as long as she is my widow provided always and this bequest is upon the condition that if my said wife shall at any time intermarry she is to forfeit all claim to by said estate and to be cut off from all share or participation therein and to be shared equally amongst my children. Second, it is my will that my sons Edward, Francis, John, Jona Candal and George Dobson, live with my said wife and be subject to her commands at all times, and I give devise and bequeath to them all my farm stock and utensils of every description and kind to be divided equally amongst them and share and share alike, provided always that if either of my said sons or either of my daughters shall at any time intermarry with a Roman Catholic they shall respectively be cut off and deprived of any portion or part of said property money or effects. Third, I will that my daughters Jane Elizabeth, Mary Anne, Sarah Ellen and Julia Margaret, also continue to live with my said wife and I give devise and bequeath to each of them respectively on their attaining the age of twenty one years the sum of one hundred pounds currency to be paid to them or their respective assigns so soon thereafter as they may require it subject to the proviso hereinbefore mentioned- And I further order and direct that none of my said property be sold- And lastly I revoke hereby all former wills and codicils by me at any time herebefore made and declare this to be my last will and testament- And I appoint my wife Ann Coaker executrix of this my will. In witness whereof I the said John Coaker have hereunto set and subscribed my hand and seal at St. John’s aforesaid this twenty sixth day of November Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine. John Coaker (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Coaker who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Henry Thos. Wood, Augustus O. Hayward.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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