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Will of William Giles
In the name of God Amen. I William Giles of Carbonear in Conception Bay and Island of Newfoundland Master Mariner being very weak in body but of perfect mind and memory and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and commend my soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be therein decently interred nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form First it is my will and desire the money now in the hands of Mr. Rorke shall be laid out in the purchase of a suitable coasting vessel to be employed the same as the Victory that the vessel shall be purchased as the joint property in equal parts of Richard Giles my youngest son and his mother my beloved wife Ann Giles in one half and John Giles and William Giles my other two sons in the other half and that my dear son William Giles shall be the Master of the vessel and have the general charge of employing and directing the best means of profitable voyages and also that my beloved wife shall exercise the same control and enjoy the same benefits of all that may be earned to all intents and purposes the same as at present during her natural life And further should my son John cease to agree with his mother and brothers and separate himself from working and uniting himself with them that such conduct shall be the forfeit both in reference of himself and heirs for ever of all right title and interest to my estate personal and real And further it is my will and desire that my dear daughter Harriet Giles shall remain and make one of the family the same as at present until her marriage at which time she shall hold no further claim to my estate and shall cease to make one of the usual household family And farther it is my will and pleasure that my two grandsons William Badcock and Richard Badcock shall remain and be considered in the same light as when I was alive It is further my will and desire that my sons and their mother shall redeem the mortgage bond which is still due on the house lands and premises and that when so redeemed shall become the joint property of my sons who shall agree to live affectionately together and no others and also that whichever of my sons shall hold the dwelling house shall render equitable assistance to his brother or brothers should they or either of them at any time find it necessary to build on the premises And further that neither of my sons nor their heirs in perpetuity shall sell or dispose of any part of the lands and premises except among and between themselves Also I hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friends John Rork Esqr and John Bemister Esqr Merchants as my lawful executors to this my last will and testament- And hereby revoking cancelling and totally disallowing all former wills gifts and bequests by me or in my name at any time made do hereby acknowledge sign seal and deliver this as my last and only will and testament.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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