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Will of William Hancock
In the name of God Amen I William Hancock of Kings Cove Bonavista Bay in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland Planter being of sound disposing mind memory and understanding but mindful of the uncertainty of human life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say I do give devise and bequeath to Samuel Coffin of Kiels in the aforesaid Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland Schoolmaster his heirs executors and administrators for his and their use and benefit absolutely all my share of the property left me under my late father’s will namely my share of the fishing stage Cooper’s shop and Potato Cellar and of the large garden situate to the westward of the church being one third of each Also my share of my late father’s dwelling house and garden adjoining furniture cattle cow house meadow and other appurtenances also of the store and flake, also of the meadow on the Plate Cove Road below Curtis garden being one half of each. Also all the rest of my property wheresoever and whatsoever and of what nature kind and quality soever the same may be I do hereby give and bequeath the same to the aforesaid Samuel Coffin his heirs executors and administrators to and for his and their use and benefit absolutely And I do hereby constitute and appoint the aforesaid Samuel Coffin and his brother John Coffin of King’s Cove Schoolmaster joint executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and testament 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 at Kings Cove aforesaid this nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight.
William Handcock (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator William Hancock as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto,
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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