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Will of Jane Gould
This is the last will and testament of me Jane Gould Widow of Carbonear in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland being at the present time weak in body but of sound mind and memory and knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die I do by this my last will and testament bequeath and dispose of my estate and effects in form and manner following- First I give and bequeath unto my beloved granddaughter Cecily Helen Gould The sum of four hundred dollars Second To my beloved grandson William Thomas Gould I give and bequeath the sum of four hundred dollars and the house and land known as Gilmans- and lastly I give and bequeath to my beloved son Benjamin Thomas Howell Gould The shop and building attached thereto in which he now does business together with all the waterside premises consisting of wharf stores and buildings and mercantile premises at present in his occupancy also the dwelling house now occupied by me together with all the buildings and outhouses connected therewith and the gardens and meadow land extending from the Main Street to the Episcopal Church with all other lands premises and effects belonging to me and I appoint my beloved son Benjamin Thomas Howell Gould of Carbonear aforesaid Merchant sole executor of this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke annul and make void all former or other wills or codicils ever made by me and do solemnly declare this as my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at Carbonear aforesaid the twelfth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-three. Jane her X mark Gould (LS) being first read & explained I.L. McN. Signed sealed and declared in presence of Israel L. McNeil. Fredk T. Bemister.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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