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Will of Thomas Freke
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Freke, Planter, of Joe Bats Arm Newfoundland, being through the goodness of Almighty God of sound mind & memory though weak in body and being aware of the uncertainty of human life, do make and declare my last will and testament. First I commend my soul to God who gave it and desire that after my death my body may be decently buried, according to the rites & ceremonies of the Church of England and that a suitable headstone be placed over my grave. Secondly- Concerning my worldly estate I give and dispose of it in the following manner after all my just & lawful debts are paid and discharged. I give and bequeath to my son Absalom Freke my fishing room and all thereto belonging I give and bequeath to my daughter Eve Hodder my dwelling house & furniture as it stands at the time of my death. I give and bequeath to my grandson William Thomas Brown my bed and bedding together with my Trunk and all it contains at the time of my death. Whatever money I die possessed of (over and above that contained in my trunk which I leave to my grandson William Thomas Brown) I give and bequeath to my four children, i.e. Absalom Freke, Sophia Hewlett, Harriet Brown & Eve Hodder share and share alike- I likewise appoint my neighbour Charles Britt as executor to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five- Thomas Freke his X mark (LS) Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by the above named Thomas Freke, as his last will and testament (after having been first read over and explained) in presence of us who in each other’s presence have hereunto signed our names as witnesses this eleventh day of December A.D. 1875. Charles Britt- Christopher Meek.
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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