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Will of Joseph Drover Senior
In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Drover Senior, of Upper Island Cove, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, do hereby make my last will and testament- I give and bequeath my property as follows: To my son David Drover two thirds of my fishing room, that is to say of the stage and flakes together with the whole of the stores, craft, nets, cordage and all other fishing gear and utensils thereto pertaining. To my son John Drover one third part of my fishing room that is of the stage and flakes together with one half of the capelin seine. Provided always that should my son James Drover return again and reside in this settlement he shall have and hold one third part of the fishing room that is to say of the stage and flakes. Provided further that in the event of my sons John and James dying without male heirs, their shares of the aforesaid fishing room shall revert to and be the property of Joseph Drover eldest child of my son David. To each of my sons James and John the dwelling house and ground attached in which they have heretofore respectively resided. To my son David the dwelling house and ground attached which I now myself occupy with all the household furniture and goods therein contained, with the exception of my violin which I bequeath to my son John, and of my clock, looking glass, skin trunk, bed and gun which I bequeath to Joseph son of David and with the further exception of the feather bed and trunk which belonged to my late son Joseph Drover, which I bequeath to my granddaughter Elizabeth Drover. The money I now possess deposited in the Union Bank or elsewhere I give and bequeath as follows: To each of my daughters Elizabeth Crane, Susanna Crane and Mary Russell and to my granddaughter Elizabeth daughter of my late son Joseph the sum of five pounds currency- To my son Nathaniel the sum of five pounds currency. To my son James the sum of fifteen pounds currency. To my son John the sum of ten pounds currency. To my grandson Joseph, eldest child of my son David the sum of twenty five pounds currency, payable with interest on his coming of age. To my son David all the residue of my money after the payment of the other legacies. I nominate and appoint my son David sole executor of this my will.
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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