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Will of William Garland Sr.
In the name of God Amen. I William Garland being sick but of a sound mind do announce this to be my last will and testament. I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Garland my lawful and beloved wife my dwelling house and furniture the Cow Heffer and small meadow together with the whole of the proceeds of the Three Stores now occupied by Mr. Rankin. After the death of my beloved wife I give my dwelling house to my youngest son John and the three stores abovementioned with their proceeds I give to my six sons, viz, Henry, William, Nathaniel, David, Thomas and John to be equally divided between them. I give to my six sons above named the three stages to be divided between them and the flake to be divided equally between William, Nathaniel, David, Thomas and John with the understanding that Henry will be allowed to make his fish on the said Flake in the fall of every year if required a third part of the garden adjoining the above Flake to be appropriated to the same purpose when needed. I give to Nathaniel one piece of land situated behind his house equal in proportion (with that which he now has) to that which William has before his house. The rest to be divided between Thomas and John with the exception that one third shall be fore the use of my beloved wife while she lives Thomas's portion to be that nearest his own house. All monies owing to me at my death I give to my beloved wife for her own privat and personal use. I request and appoint Richard Rankin Esqr and James Snelgrove to act as the executors of this my last will and testament
|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.
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