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Will of John Harding
In the name of God Amen. Dated the seventh day of August A.D. eighteen hundred and fifty five. I John Harding of the White Hills in the vicinity of Saint John's Newfoundland, Farmer, being at present in a very delicate state of health and therefore mindful of my mortality do make and ordain this this to be my last will and testament in manner following that is to say First and principally of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Judith Harding the annual sum of twenty pounds currency to be yearly and every year paid to her by my son Patrick or Thomas during the term of her natural life and this bequest ceases on her death. I give and bequeath unto my two beloved sons Patrick and Thomas Harding by even and equal shares all and singular the farm of land dwelling house outhouses hereditaments and premises situate on the White Hills in the vicinity of Saint John's being the same now in my occupancy and containing one hundred acres more or less also all the stock comprising horses, cows, ploughs carts harrows and all and singular other the farming implements and household furniture and effects To have and to hold all and singular the above described premises and every part and parcel thereof unto my said two sons Patrick and Thomas Harding share and share alike for ever. And I declare null and void all former wills made by me and I declare this and no other to be my last will and testament having read it over and being in perfect mind memory and understanding I find it all perfectly correct.
|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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