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Will of James Crowdy
This is the last will and testament of me James Crowdy of Newton Abbott in the County of Devon I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Sarah the wife of the Reverend George N. Johnson of St. John's Newfoundland, British North America the sum of one thousand two hundred pounds to my daughter Henrietta Martha Crowdy the like sum of one thousand two hundred pounds and to my daughter Lucy Caroline Crowdy the like sum of one thousand two hundred pounds the above sums to be paid free of legacy duty I give to my son James the silver plate presented to me by my friends on my leaving Newfoundland and I give to my son John Henry my watch I give my remaining silver plate furniture & books to all my children share and share alike to be divided amongst them or sold and the proceeds divided as my executors may determine And all the residue and remainder of my property whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath to my four sons James Joseph Charles and John Henry to be divided amongst them in equal proportions share and share alike And I hereby nominate and appoint my sons James Crowdy and John Henry Crowdy to be executors and my daughter Henrietta Martha Crowdy to be executrix of this my last will and testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five-
Jas. Crowdy (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the within named James Crowdy in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request have signed our names as witnesses
John Poulton, Chemist, Newton Abbot. William Hopper Harrison Apprentice Newton Abbot.
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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