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Will of Sarah Connor
This is the last will and testament of me Sarah Connor of Lawn in the Island of Newfoundland Widow. In the first place I give and bequeath a feather bed with the apparel thereunto belonging and a Cow to each of my grandchildren Sarah and Mary Ryan to be delivered them immediately after my decease I also give and bequeath the fishing room boats and all other utensils used in carrying on the Fishery now in my possession unto my dear son Peter Connor. The house in which I reside with the furniture thereto belonging I bequeath to my said son and daughter Peter and Catherine Connor equally to be divided between them share and share alike. The cattle I should possess at the time of my demise are also to be divided between my said son and daughter with the exception of six head to be deducted from my said son's share which I bequeath to my said daughter as a recompense for her trouble in keeping and taking care of them. I hereby also desire and it is my will that whatever real or personal property I may be possessed of at the time of my death (after my debts and funeral expenses are paid) is also to be divided between my said son and daughter share and share alike whether the same is vested in the funds of Great Britain or upon any other security or securities
Be it known to all men by these presents that I Sarah Connor of Lawn Harbour Newfoundland Widow have made and declared my last will and testament bearing date the eighteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and twenty two. I the said Sarah Connor by this present codicil do ratify and confirm my said last will and testament except in the Article which I shall now mention, viz. the cattle whatever number I shall die possessed of to be equally divided between my beloved son & daughter Peter and Catherine Connor and also it is my wish (although not clearly expressed in my said will) that my beloved daughter Catherine Connor should have full possession of her half of my property as mentioned in my will and to be enabled to bequeath the same to whom she likes both during her lifetime or at the time of her decease This is my will and meaning the clause in my former will do not give the liberty proper to be enjoyed by my daughter Catherine in the disposal of her share of my property I have given the bed and furniture mentioned before to my dear grand daughter Sarah Ryan now Sarah Chapdelain but I bequeath her a Cow to be given her as soon as it can after my decease unless she gets it before. I also give and bequeath to my dear grand daughter Mary Ryan a feather bed with the apparel thereunto belonging as mentioned in my former will unless she gets it before and also a Cow. And my will and meaning is that this codicil be adjudged to be a part and parcel of my last will and testament and that all things therein mentioned and contained be faithfully and truly performed and as fully and apply as if the same were so declared and set down in my said last will and testament on reading this codicil over I find I have omitted to mention that my dear daughter Cathe Connor is to have half the land and my dear son Peter Connor the other half both at Lawn and at Sandy Cove.
|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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 24, 2003)
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