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Will of William Davis Cross
This is the last will and testament of me William Davis Cross of Trinity Newfoundland which I make in manner and form following To my sister Mary White of Winterbarn Whitechurch in Dorset England I bequeath five pounds sterling The tea caddy now in the corner of the sitting room I bequeath to my daughter Judith- The new store to the southwest of my dwelling house and situate between it and the house now occupied by Charles Didham I give and bequeath to my son William- The dwelling house now occupied by myself with all the furniture therein and the garden in front and the small store near the back of said dwelling I give and bequeath to my wife for her use and benefit until her death when the dwelling house store and garden shall belong to my son John and the furniture in the house shall be equally divided between my children John, William and Judith. The money which I may leave at my death shall be reserved by my executors and out of this fund I give and bequeath to my wife for her use the sum of thirty pounds currency annually during her life or until he said money be all expended whichever may first happen- and if any of this money remain at her death it shall be equally divided between my aforesaid children John, William and Judith- After the foregoing bequests and provisions are made I give and bequeath all my remaining property of any kind of which I may die possessed to my said children John, William and Judith to be equally divided between them at my decease. And lastly I hereby appoint my sons John and William to be the executors of this my last will and testament.
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 AST)
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