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Will of George Gushue
In the name of God Amen, I George Gushue of Bacon Cove Planter being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality do this 6th day of November in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty eight make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First I give devise and bequeath unto my son Robert Gushue all my house and stores and plantation situate at Bacon Cove now in my use and occupancy together with the household furniture in consideration that he shall and will maintain and support in food and clothing and all other necessaries my daughter Elizabeth Gushue Spinster for and during the time she remains unmarried Also I give devise and bequeath to my grandson John Gushue all my old dwelling house and garden which my son John his father occupied before his death Also I give devise and bequeath to my son George Gushue all that piece of land on the Hill called the Marsh Also I give and bequeath to my wife Margaret Gushue one cow one feather bed and bedding complete and ten pounds each and every year during her life towards her support and maintenance whilst and as long as she remains a widow to be paid her out of the rents arising from the Jersey Room situate at Harbor Grace Also I give devise and bequeath to my sons Timothy Gushue Michael Gushue and Robert Gushue all my two thirds of the Jersey Room situate and lying at Harbor Grace subject each and every year and at all times to the payment of ten pounds to my wife Margaret aforesaid I give devise and bequeath to my son James Gushue all that house stage and fishing room now in his occupancy for and during his natural life and from and immediately after his death I give devise and bequeath the said fishing room to my son George Gushue Also I give and bequeath to the Revd Kearan Walsh Parish Priest of Harbor Main or whoever may be Parish Priest of said place at the time of my death the sum of five pounds Also I give and bequeath to all my children in equal shares all the money or monies I may be possessed of at the time of my death after defraying my funeral expenses and paying any debts or debts I may owe Also I give devise and bequeath to Nicholas Gushue all that water side fishing room between the stage and room I now occupy and the stage and room that my son James now occupy I do declare that the omission of the words heirs and assigns shall not in any wise be construed to the prejudice of the heirs of the parties to whom I have made the foregoing bequest and devices And I also declare that it is my will and wish and intention that my daughter shall if she desire remain and use the house as she has always done and enjoy exclusively her own bedroom as well as to be supported and maintained by the said Robert Gushue as aforesaid up to and untill she may be married And I do hereby make ordain constitute and appoint my said sons Robert Gushue and Timothy Gushue executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal the day 6th November 1858 and year first above written. George his X mark Gushue. Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator George Gushue as and for his last will and testament in presence of each other have subscribed hereunto our names as witnesses thereto James L. Prendergast, Andw Drysdale.
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)
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