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Will of John Green
In the name of God Amen. The twenty-fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty. I John Green of Venison Island Labrador, Planter, being in sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament; at the same time revoking all former wills made by me, declaring this to be my last will and testament. First I give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth Green the sum of one hundred pounds cy to maintain herself and nephew William Green if required To my eldest son William Green twenty pounds cy, And lastly after all my just debts are paid I give and bequeath the remainder of five hundred and one pounds ten shillings and six pence cy with interest due me as per bills on Newfoundland Banks Also Fifty six pounds and eleven pence sterling with interest as per book on Poole Bank England, to my three sons Francis Green, Richard Green and Ambrose Green, the above mention money to be equally divided between the last three sons; also I give and bequeath to Francis Green one third part of my boat Alarm also the upper shore near his house. Also I give and bequeath to Richard Green and Ambrose Green two thirds part of my Boat Alarm and all the rest of my property consisting three dwelling houses Fisherman’s House store stage flakes boats seines nets twines and Moorings &c. also all my furniture in my houses by maintaining their mother & her nephew unto her decease she having the use of my property as now, should either of my sons die above mentioned leaving wife and children the above named property to be theirs so long as their wife are wifes remain unmarried, If they marry again the property to fall to the children in the name of Green; At the same time I do appoint Mr. William Charles Hawker, Agent, and Mr. Joseph Smith, Planter, of the same place, joint executors of this my last will and testament, to which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty, John Green (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us, William Charles Hawker, Joseph Smith.
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.
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