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Will of Thomas Gushue
In the name of God Amen. The thirteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and forty. I Thomas gushue of Brigus Conception Bay, Planter being very sick and weak of body (and being about to undergo a severe surgical operation) but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body, knowing that it is appointed once unto all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors 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 has pleased God to bless to me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First I give and bequeath unto Amy my dearly beloved wife the sum of forty pounds current money of this Island p annum to be raised and levied out of my estate until my son Charles Gushue attains the full age of twenty one years and after that it is to be reduced to thirty pounds currency pr annum until my youngest son George Gushue attains the age of twenty one at which time the monies then remaining to be equally divided between my three sons or so many of them as may be then living. I likewise do give unto my beloved wife all my property household furniture and everything that belongs to me to have to her own use for the support of herself & family as long as she lives and at her decease to be equally divided between my three sons or so many of them as may be then living but should the said Amy Gushue marry again then in that case the sums of money before named are to be stopped from her and given for the sole support of my own children at the discretion of my executor and the property let out for their use untill the youngest son attains the age of twenty one years at which time it is to be divided as before named. Also I give to my son Charles Gushue my Gun and to my son George Gushue my watch. The necessary expenses attending my interment to be paid by my executors out of my estate and my wish is to have a neat stone to record the date of my death &c. to be chosen by my executors. Also I do appoint Mr. John Leamon and Mr. John Percey, Edward's son, to be my sole executor of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any way before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last 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 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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