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Will of John Dicks Senior
I John Dicks Senior of Saint John’s Sailmaker being of sound mind do make this my last will and testament, revoking all former wills- I do order that after my decease all my just debts shall be paid out of my estate and that the remainder shall be disposed of as follows viz, my wife Mary Dicks shall receive a tenement for her use of the value of twelve pounds yearly, and a sum of twenty five pounds per annual payable half yearly None of my children shall have any right or title to receive any thing from my estate during the natural life of my wife. Should there be a balance in the hands of my executors it shall be put to interest in a safe investment but after her decease whatever funds are in the hands of surviving executors shall be divided equally among our children & grandchild Mary Jane Dicks with the exception of our household furniture which my wife shall dispose of as she thinks proper I do bequeath to my son Joseph Bulley Dicks all my right & title in my farm at Lazy Bank to possess the same after my wife’s decease but in the event of his dying without issue it shall go with my other property and be divided in like manner I do also order my executors to keep insured in its value all property belonging to my estate and in case of loss by fire to put the insurance money in a safe & profitable investment And I request and appoint my wife Mary Dicks, my son Joseph Bulley Dicks and Ebenezer Brace to act as my executors.
John Dicks (LS) St. John’s Newfdland 19 April 1860. Signed in my presence W. D. Morison.
April 8, 1865 obituary
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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