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Will of John Hanham
In the name of God Amen. The twelfth (12th) day of June one thousand eight hundred and seventy one. I John Hanham of the Harbor of Rose Blanche Newfoundland, planter, being sick in body but of perfect mind and memory (thanks to God) do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say- I recommend my body to the earth and my soul to God- and as touching my worldly estate, I give and dispose of the same in the following manner,
1st I give and bequeath to Dinah my beloved wife to posses and own while she remains unmarried all my property including land, dwelling house and fishing room, and in the event of her being married again or of her death, I then wish the said land dwelling house and fishing room to pass into the hands and possession of Thomas my eldest son by my last wife (Dinah) As to what money I may have to my credit, or in my possession I give and bequeath as follows- Unto my daughter Mary Ann the sum of ten pounds, and to my daughter Maria the sum of five pounds and I hereby appoint Meshech Parsons and William Galliott or the survivor of them to be the executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
John his X mark Hanham (LS) Signed sealed and declared by the said John Hanham as his last will and testament in the presence of us subscribers,
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.
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