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Will of John Fry
I John Fry of St. John's being desirous to manage my property so as to give the greatest possible satisfaction to my family do declare that it is my will that for and during the natural life of my dear wife Rebecca she may be permitted to occupy the kitchen & bed Room of my dwelling house which she has heretofore used together with the bed room furniture for her own exclusive purposes, also that my daughters Mary Ann & Eunice may continue to use the two rooms which they have hitherto occupied together with the furniture they now contain or Eunice may substitute the front attic in lieu of her present room for the same period, and that the remaining part of the dwelling house and the furniture are to be used or rented for their mutual benefit say one half for my dear wife and the other half for my said daughters Eunice & Mary Ann during the lifetime or widowhood of my said dear wife Rebecca and at her death or marriage or in case of any serious disagreement between the said parties it is my desire that the dwelling house and the land attached thereto should be sold and that the household furniture should also be sold and the proceeds to be equally divided between my three daughters Mary Ann Jackman, Susannah Hanely and Eunice Fry or the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten But in the event of a sale from any disagreement my said wife is to receive one half the interest on the amount of the sale of the said property during her lifetime & Eunice & Mary Ann the other half until the decease of my said wife and then the principal be divided among my three daughters as above
And further it is my will and desire that the property in or near Port de Grave of which my said dear wife was possessed at the time of our marriage be left for her use and to remain at her own disposal And lastly it is my wish that Mr. Robert Job and Mr. William Freeman do execute this my last will & testament hereby annulling all former wills which I may have made.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 13, 2003)
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