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Will of James Gould Senior
This will is the made the thirteenth day of June in year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one. I bequeath half my ground and half my new dwelling house to my son James Gould Junior on condition he is bound to support his mother and the children while she lives and to keep the ground and fence in perfect order the ground is never to be measured while Catherine Gould the wife of the foresaid James Gould Senior lives they are to aid and assist each other without any disturbance or contradiction in cultivating the ground- Whatever produce of this ground is to be spared the foresaid Catherine Gould is to have the disposal of it no other but her. If any accident should happen the foresaid James Gould Junr by death his wife is to hold his part while she remains unmarried and if she do get married she is to be dispossesst of and given to the children of the foresaid James Gould Junior if Michl Gould the son of the foresaid James Gould Senior to have the ground of setting one or two barrels of potatoes before his mother's death he is authorized to have the part of the property that his mother holds and to distribute to his sisters as he thinks proper- Whatever ground James Gould Junior means to take in his mother is to have the half of it after the foresaid Catherine Gould's death Michael Gould her son is to take possession of half the dwelling house and half the ground mediately and to have it measured as they think proper
N.B. James Gould Junior is to finish the new house at his own expense, also he is to keep up the house and to have half what he will earn his mother the other half Whatever horse or cattle is to be on this ground she is to have the half of them. Given here from under my hand this thirteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.
James Gould Senior, Witnesses, Patrick Murphy, Willm Bride.
The Petition of Catherine Gould concerning the Estate of James Gould Senior
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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