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Will of James Gibson
This is the last will and testament of me James Gibson of Topsail Road St. John’s Farmer being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding. Imprimis. I declare that my daughter Marion Gibson married to David Paterson of Peebles Scotland Woollen Tweed Manufacturer has already had advanced to her all the portion share and interest which she should have received or should have been entitled to receive in respect of my estate had I died intestate.
Secondly. I give and bequeath to my son Alexander Gibson of St. John’s aforesaid farmer and my daughter-in-law Agnes Gibson all the estate of which I shall die possessed be the same real or personal upon trust for the benefit of the children of him the said Alexander Gibson and the survivors of them share and share alike as joint tenants until the youngest of them shall attain the age of twenty one years
Thirdly. I declare that of the moneys now held in the Union Bank upon Deposit Receipt No. 9395 dated the first day of March now present the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds is held in trust by me for my son Alexander Gibson the same being an amount bequeathed to him by David Reid late of St. John’s Farmer.
Fourthly I appoint my son Alexander Gibson and my daughter-in-law Agnes Gibson as joint executors of this my last will and testament. Witness my hand at St. John’s aforesaid this second day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seventy eight.
James his X mark Gibson. Signed published and declared by the said James Gibson as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence of the said testator and of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto the same having been read over to the said testator and explained to him in the presence of us and of each other. M. Harvey, J. Goodfellow, Alexr. J. W. McNeily.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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