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Will of Henry Collins
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost Amen. I Henry Collins of Herring Beck in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound mind and memory, do make, ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament: that is to say, First after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged and a tombstone erected to my memory in the Church yard I give bequeath and dispose of the residue of my estate real and personal as follows to wit (to my son Elias Collins all my Room consisting of dwelling house store house, meadow, household furniture skiffs and anything else situate on the same: to my two sons Elias Collins and James Collins equally between them share and share alike all my land and gardens detached and away from my Room. To the clergyman of the Church of England in charge of the Mission of Herring Neck to be spent by him on St. Mary’s Church in a manner most conducive to the glory of God and the benefit of His people who worship therein, twenty pounds as soon as possible after my decease. To my six grandchildren namely Mary Dinah daughter of William Collins, James Henry son of James Collins, Jane daughter of Elias Collins, Eli son of Amelia Smart, Eli son of Elizabeth Smart and William John son of Alice Brown all the remainder of my money to be equally divided amongst then share and share alike Likewise, I make constitute and appoint Richard Philpotts and George Florence to be executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of March in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine- Henry Collins X his mark (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said Henry Collins the testator in the presence of us who in the presence of each other subscribe our names as witnesses. The same being read over and explained to the said Henry Collins. Richard Philpotts. James his X mark Carely. John his X mark Philpotts.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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