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Will of William Freeman
This is the last will of me William Freeman of St. John’s Builder I give all my property to my friends John Cormack and Robert Oke whom I appoint my executors in trust to divide the same equally amongst my children Charlotte, John, Jemima, William T., Caleb, George, Robert for their sole use and benefit the chest of drawers and wash stand had from the Fumey Family I give to my executor Robert Oke also the large table cloth and one large table spoon (silver) I give one large silver table spoon and his mother’s likeness to Joseph Fumey and the third silver table spoon to Caroline McPherson. I give my servant Isabella Robbins a suit of clothes (mourning) and one of the shawls now in the house I give Anne Belle Parsons ten pounds and Miss McPherson ten pounds. W.B. Freeman. Signed published and declared by the said testator as his last will in our presence this 16th day of October A.D. 1862, H.W. Hoyles, E. Botterell.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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