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Will of Dinah Hanham
This is the last will and testament of me Dinah Hanham, widow of the late John Hanham, made this twenty second day of February A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty four, as follows I give, bequeath and devise all my tenements and hereditaments and all my household furniture, ready money, goods and chattels and all other my real and personal estate and effects (excepting one skiff) unto my two sons James and Jacob Hanham for their own absolute use and benefit, subject only to the payment of my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, and the expenses of proving and registering this my will. and I further give and bequeath the above mentioned skiff unto my son Joseph Wadman and I appoint my two sons James and Jacob executors of this my will, and hereby revoke all other wills In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Dinah her X mark Hanham. Signed and acknowledged by the said Dinah Hanham, after being duly read and explained as and for her last will and testament, in the presence of us, who in her presence, and at her request, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses, Dinah her X mark Hanham (LS) Witnesses, P.H. Sorsoliel, J.P. Henry H. Pittman.
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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