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Will of John Colbourne Senior
In the name of God Amen . I John Colbourne Senior of Twillingate in the Northern District of Newfoundland Planter being of sound mind memory and understanding and considering the uncertainty of human life do herein make my last will and testament that is to say First I give and bequeath to Lydia my beloved wife the interest or annual produce of a certain sum of money now standing in my name in the 3¼ per ct reduced annuities, viz, about two thousand pounds in short I give her the interest of whatever sum may be standing in that security in my name at the time of my death for and during the term of her natural life, she remaining unmarried after my death, but if she shall marry then the annual interest of the above named investment shall no longer be hers but shall be paid as it becomes due in equal proportions to all my children. I also give and bequeath to her during the term of her natural life and during the time she shall continue my widow and unmarried but no longer all that dwelling house or part of dwelling house in which I now reside with all my furniture, beds, bedding, apparel and household property thereto appertaining for her own absolute use and benefit.
Estate of John Colbourne of Twillingate, Planter
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.
Contributed by Judy Benson and also by Merle Colbourne Amodeo (ggg granddaughter of John Colbourne)
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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